Chocolate Mochi Cake

It’s a chocolate mochi cake, a chocolate Japanese rice cake, a local Hawaii favourite, a Luau dessert.

Just how many names can this cake carry. I can’t stop eating it hence I wanted to share this up with you as soon as I can.

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So, I first came to know about this chocolate mochi cake from Food 52. It was intriguing as it says that it’s squishy, not moist or dense or spongy, but bouncy (QQ), like mochi but not sticky. It is quite similar to rice cakes or Kuih Bakar but it is somewhat lighter despite it being chocolate. The subtle chocolate flavour doesn’t need you to glug down a glass of water, unlike some rich and dark brownies. It also has a very distinguished top layer in a completely different texture. It felt like traditionally baked mooncake skin, and maybe abit of regular loaf bread crust. I’m not trying to confuse you but you need to try this cake at least once. The ingredients may seem a little off but just give it a go; glutinous rice flour, evaporated milk and chocolate.

food52 chocolate mochi cake

I can see why this cake is somewhat Japanese inspired since Hawaii is not that far from Japan. (just about 6000+ km apart). < yup, I just googled that. I can’t tell you for sure if it is a Polynesian recipe or a Japanese recipe because you just don’t see glutinous rice flour AND chocolate together in a recipe that often. In this recipe, from the lady who owns a shop called Nori’s Saimin & Snacks in Hawaii uses coconut milk as well and it is apparently very well received during funerals (huh, ok) and as omiyage (souvenirs).

But regardless it being Japanese or Hawaiian, please do try and make this cake (and be mindboggled by it). You’re welcome 🙂

chocolate mochi cake


Chocolate Mochi Cake
Serves: 16 pcs
  • 140g glutinous rice flour
  • 200g white sugar
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • 60g salted butter
  • 100g dark chocolate. chopped
  • 1 can (390g) evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 C and grease a 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat the butter and the chocolate together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until you have a smooth mixture.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. With the mixer running on low, add the evaporated milk, vanilla, and eggs and mix until incorporated. You can also just use a whisk to mix everything.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until the batter is smooth and lump-less. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes, until the cake no longer jiggles.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool before serving. This cake should be stored at room temperature rather than refrigerated


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