Butter Mochi

img_9667I pulled this recipe out this summer to make with the young cooks at the Brooklyn Apple Academy Run a Luncheonette Cooking Camp for our Asian inspired menu.  Butter Mochi is a Japanese American treat that I ate and adored as a child growing up in Hawaii.  I was very excited to share this recipe with my students and they loved it!

Folks, this stuff is good.  It’s a cross between a custard and a cake made with mochiko rice flour.  It tastes like butterscotch.  It’s also very, very easy to make.  I used to make Butter Mochi often, but I decided at some point to try to forget that I knew how to make it.  Butter Mochi is so good that when it’s around, I will eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  I’m pretty sure that Butter Mochi was solely responsible for a spike in my weight in my mid twenties.  img_9653

Toward the end of the end of my mid-twenties butter mochi binge,  I tried making it with less sugar in some sort of sad attempt to make it more healthy.  This summer, I made it with all the sugar with my students at cooking camp and then again with reduced sugar when I visited my mother in Canada.   It really is better with ALL the sugar.  I’ve decided that a better solution to my mochi self control problem is just to make it smaller batches.  Here is a recipe for a manageable amount of butter mochi.


  • 1/4 cup melted butter plus extra to grease the pan
  • 2 cups mochiko plus extra to dust the pan
  • 1 and 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8×8 baking pan.  Dust the bottom and sides of the pan with mochiko flour.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until there are no lumps.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour.



About Big Sis Little Dish

This is a blog run by two sisters. Erin is the big sister who lives in New York, and Silvi is the little sister who lives in Vancouver. They both love to cook! They created this blog to share and store recipes for the food they make.


  1. Glenda

    Yeah, I think they loved it. One little guy has chipmunk cheeks, mocha in hand and is reaching for another piece!

  2. Pingback: Run a Luncheonette Camp with Brooklyn Apple Academy 2016 | Big Sis Little Dish

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