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Coconut and Tropical Peach Sweet Glutinous Rice Cakes, A Gluten Free Dessert Recipe

Updated on January 23, 2013
4.3 stars from 7 ratings of Coconut and Tropical Peach Sweet Rice Cakes

After making a batch of one of my favorite desserts, Red Bean Filled Sweet Rice Cakes, I was inspired to experiment. Any chef that attempts this knows the risks involved. Luckily this one was a huge success! I had some very ripe peaches on hand that I wanted to use. I decided to use them as a filling. I happened to have a jar of apricot-pineapple preserves and though this would be the perfect thing to add to the filling. The pineapple made me think of tropical flavors, which of course means coconut to me. I adore coconut and just knew I had to incorporate it. This let to the decision to replace the water in the cake with coconut milk and to roll them in sweetened coconut flakes instead of cornstarch.

The result is a fabulous rice cake that tastes refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day. Sweeter than the traditional but still not too sweet and wonderful textures. The infusion of coconut with a filling that's both tart and sweet whisks you to the tropics.

Ingredients

Tropical Peach Filling

  • 2 ripe peaches, 1-1 1/2 cups skins removed and cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup apricot-pineapple preserves
  • 1 packet of gelatin powder

Rice Cake

  • 1 2/3 cup sweet rice flour, also called glutinous rice flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cup coconut milk, or a 14 oz can
  • Cornstarch for work surface
  • Sweetened coconut flakes, processed until finely chopped

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Smooth and ready to cookA small slit to ventStill very raw...Raw mixed in with the cooked and ready for the microwave again. As you can see there is still some bright white and very opaque parts... back into the microwave!Fully cooked, time to "knead"Fully kneaded and ready to use!Work surface ready to go. The giant "booger" Time to cut into 14 piecesCovered while working Keep pinching after this until its nice and round
Smooth and ready to cook
Smooth and ready to cook
A small slit to vent
A small slit to vent
Still very raw...
Still very raw...
Raw mixed in with the cooked and ready for the microwave again.
Raw mixed in with the cooked and ready for the microwave again.
As you can see there is still some bright white and very opaque parts... back into the microwave!
As you can see there is still some bright white and very opaque parts... back into the microwave!
Fully cooked, time to "knead"
Fully cooked, time to "knead"
Fully kneaded and ready to use!
Fully kneaded and ready to use!
Work surface ready to go.
Work surface ready to go.
The giant "booger"
The giant "booger"
Time to cut into 14 pieces
Time to cut into 14 pieces
Covered while working
Covered while working
Keep pinching after this until its nice and round
Keep pinching after this until its nice and round
  1. Make the filling the day before or several hours before using. Add the chopped and skinned peaches to a saucepan with the apricot-pineapple preserves. Cook over medium-low heat until the peaces have released some of their juices.
  2. Use a potato masher or fork and mash up the peaches in the pan until it's one big chunky mush.
  3. Continue to cook just until it first starts to boil. Remove from heat. Slowly add the gelatin while stirring. Continue to stir for 2 minutes after all the gelatin has been added.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. When filling is set stir it up and mash it around. Form it into 14, 1-inch balls and set aside in the fridge until ready to use. You will most likely have leftover filling. Personally I ate the rest plain and with ice cream ^_^
  6. Lets start on the rice cake... In a medium microwavable bowl combine the rice flour, sugar and salt.
  7. Add the coconut milk and stir until completely combined.
  8. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a small slit for steam to vent. Cook on high for 5 minutes.
  9. If not completely cooked there will be bright white opaque spots, see pictures. Stir the dough and return to the microwave for and additional minute. Continue this until dough is fully cooked.
  10. Once fully cooked stir the dough for 5 minutes. Stirring for this long is the hardest part but it's well worth it for the deliciously chewy results!
  11. Dust a clean work surface and your hands with cornstarch. Transfer the rice dough onto the surface and roll into a log. Cut the log into 14 equal pieces.
  12. Lay plastic wrap over the pieces while you work. Take one piece and slightly flatten it in your palm.
  13. Place a ball of filling in the center and wrap the edges up and around, pinching to seal in the filling. Continue pinching until it's completely sealed and smooth.
  14. Roll the finished cake in the finely chopped sweetened coconut and then they're ready to serve. I find them even better after they've been in the fridge for an hour or two.

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      Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

      This sounds beautiful, but a little ambitious. Too bad my hubby is NOT a coconut fan. I'd like to taste this and am sure it would be delicious.

      You are a very creative cook.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You enticed me with the coconut again. Great photos and recipe!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Rochelle, Thank you for your comment ^_^ If you still wanted to you could make these with water instead of coconut milk and dust the finished cakes with cornstarch instead of coconut flakes.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a unique and delicious recipe! I've never made these before, but this recipe has me sold. I think it would be fun to make for our Japanese neighbors. I'll let you know how it goes when I try it. What did your hubby think of your new creation? Voted up, pinned and shared.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Linda ^_^ Coconut is wonderful! Glad you liked the photos and recipe.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Vespa, Thank you ^_^ If your neighbors approve I will be over the moon! My hubby and his Korean family all loved these! I made them yesterday and they're all gone already... Guess I'll have to make more next week... I'm thinking about making a mung bean filling with the coconut cake ^_^ Thank you for the votes and share as well ^_^

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You really need to stop with these recipes my dear; it's not fair to me at all. I was perfectly fine, not hungry at all, and then this hub pops up and now I'm starving. Thanks a lot!

      Of course, wonderful hub!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Bill, Thank you, I just love your comments ^_^

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Absolutely yum! lol! something totally different for me to try! wonderful stuff! lol! voted up! cheers nell

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh my god, I think I just died and went to heaven. I too love coconut, peaches and pineapple too, so this one sounds truly divine to me. I also agree that when I think pineapple, I think coconut too (Pina Coladas ring bell!). I have pinned this to try to have voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      This is so yummy and reminds me of my mums rice cakes - these are a delicacy in south India with various fillings in steamed rice dumplings. this version sounds delightful and can't wait to try at home. Your recipes are always impeccably presented and this one is no exception. Loved the pictures too. Awesome!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are beautiful and they look very good. Impressive! Pinning and sharing.

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      kat_thurston 4 years ago

      WOW I am always on the look out for trying new and different. I never had anything like this before but I will definitely try them because they have my two favorites peaches and coconut. I will definitely try these. Thanks for the recipe

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      These look wonderful! Thanks for including great photos of the steps for this recipe. I can smell the combination of coconut, peaches, and rice now!

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Oh my! This sounds amazing! I am definitely keeping this one in my back pocket.

      Tweeted, voted up, shared, & am pinning!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Nell, Thank you for the comment and votes ^_^ Trying new stuff is what keeps us young and on our toes ^_^ I hope you enjoy my friend.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Janine, Your comment is fantastic ^_^ love it! I love pina colada flavored things... I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to make a filling using bananas and pineapple that is firm enough to use in these cakes... I'll let you know if I figure it out, OR if anyone has any ideas they can let me know please ^_^ Thank you so much for your very generous comment my hub friend!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Docmo, Thank you so much! It's an honor for one of my recipes to be a reminder of the cherished memories of a mother's cooking. Your comment is very kind and greatly appreciated! ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Tammy ^_^ Always a pleasure hearing from you. Glad you like and thank you for your generous comment/share/pin!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Kat, I love trying new things too, keeps things interesting ^_^ Coconut and peaches are both wonderful favorites to have and they go surprisingly well together! Thank you for your comment and I hope you enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      RTalloni, Oh my they smell so good ^_^ I'm glad you liked the photos... my camera is covered in cornstarch now because of them, lol. Thank you for your lovely comment ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Veronica, You are too kind! Thank you for your super generous comment ^_^ I hope you get to try them!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mhatter, Thank you for you kind comment ^_^

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      Abby 4 years ago from Ireland

      These look absolutely gorgeous! Must try these, thanks for sharing :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Abby! I hope you enjoy them ^_^

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      lhchan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. This hub is very details, the picture shown very clear about how to do it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Ihchan, Thank you for your lovely comment! I hope you enjoy!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Looks so tempting, will have to give it a try sometimes :) Thank you for sharing!!!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      These Peach Sweet Rice Cakes sound absolutely delicious! Even though I rarely cook sweet recipes, I love buying them or ordering in restaurants.. but this cakes must be so rare to find :(

      By the way, Have you ever tried Mochi Balls, the Japanese Rice Cakes? they are a bit similar I feel & they can be served in many delightful ways..

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Livingsta, Thank you for your lovely comment ^_^ These are fun to make and so yummy.. Enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mike, Thank you for your wonderful comment ^_^ I came up with these after making red bean filled mochi cakes... I posted a hub on them the same day I posted this one. ^_^ These are just a variation of those. I didn't call them mochi in the title because China and Korea also make them and have their names for them as well. I don't now the Chinese name but Koreans call them tteok (pronounced kinda like duk) Maybe I'll add the different names to the titles... thank you^_^

      I've only been able to find cakes like these in specialty asian markets... and then only in the ones that prepare some of their own foods to sell. I have to drive 2 hours to get them. So I started making them myself... and fresh is always better! ^_^ I hope you get to make these... and if you think they might be too sweet (they are on the sweeter side when it comes to mochi) then check out my hub on red bean filled sweet rice cakes. Or... for a non sweet treat you can make the dough from my red bean sweet rice cakes but don't fill them. Roll them into little logs and slather them with a chili paste and sesame seeds. This is a loved snack in Korea (My husband is full Korean, his family has taught me a lot ^_^)

      Wow... Thank you for you fantastic comment! I'm happy to have made a new hub-friend!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Another great recipe for me to pin..love coconut. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Michelle! ^_^ Your comments and pins are always welcome and enjoyed ^_^

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Mama Kim ,

      Wow! coconut looks so good and I will try to make this. Thank you very much for sharing.

      Voted up and pinning it. :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Hi Meldz!! I'm so happy you'll try and make these ^_^ I just know you'll make them wonderfully. I hope you enjoy! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, vote and pin!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      These really are a sweet temptation! I think that I could eat these in one setting and still have room for more and more! Yummy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Teaches, Thank you for your lovely comment ^_^ Yes... this are very hard to put down ^_^ They aren't a rich sweet like cake so it is very easy to keep eating... they are filling though, which diet wise is a good thing. I hope you try and enjoy ^_^

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A delicious recipe with drool-worthy photos! I remember that you mentioned in the comment-section of my hub that this dish looked similar to my dish - I agree with you. Even Docmo said the same thing as we both hailed from the same region. I like the fact that this tasty dessert involved a lot of coconut(one of my favorites) as well as peaches and apricot-pineapple! Direct instructions and handy step-by-step photos! A wonderful recipe hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & socially shared

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Ishwaryaa!! I took an East Asian dish... the classic non coconut rice cakes filled with read bean paste and made them more Southeast Asian ^_^ I'm so happy you and Docmo approve!! Nothing makes me happier than someone from a country that I'm trying to make food from to like it. You're very generous with your votes and shares, thank you, thank you!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, this one snuck by me somehow! Glad I checked over there to see what you have been up to in the kitchen. Do you really cook like this all the time? I would weigh 300 pounds if I lived with you. LOL

      These things just look so delicious that I am sure I am gaining weight looking at the pictures.

      You, my young talented friend, are amazing.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Bill, What are you talking about? Everything I cook is diet friendly ^_^ lol. Thank you so much for your fantastic comment ^_^ I always look forward to hearing from you my friend ^_^

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You will be mentioned in a hub coming out Thursday or Friday; just thought you would like to know. :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Really?? ^_^ Oh that's Exciting!! Thank you ^_^

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy sent me from his last hub. Since I am gluten intolerant and I love sweets this is right up my alley.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Aviannovice, My husband and I don't have a gluten intolerance and we can't get enough of these... so I just know you'll love them ^_^ Kinda silly though that the flour used is called glutenous rice flour... but is still "gluten" free... ^_^ I had to triple check before I believed it. Thank you so much for stopping in!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These cakes looks absolutely delicious with all those wonderful picture you put in here. Thanks, Sasha, for sharing this wonderful recipe which I'm bookmarking.

      voted up, beautiful and shared and pinned.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      These are the balls that I bought from the Asian store! I love them but didn't know how to make it. I had the ones with the red beans paste! They taste so good..... I will try to make these, not sure how they will come out though :)

      Thanks, voting up and useful!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Rajan, Thank you so much!! I'm so happy you like my recipe and hub ^_^ I highly appreciate your fantastic support my friend ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      LaThing, Thank you so much for your great comment and votes ^_^

      I adore the red bean filled ones! In fact I have a recipe for those ones and the red bean paste itself as well ^_^ They are surprisingly easy.. and they can even be made without filling. My husband has found they help his stomach problems so I've been making a batch every couple days. Only instead of filling them I've been replacing the liquid in the rice cake with pureed fruit, forming them into balls and rolling them in sweet flaked coconut... wonderful. So far strawberry is our favorite. ^_^

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      What a wonderful discovery, sometimes taking a risk and stepping outside your comfort zone really creates something great.

      Shared, up and awesome. Pinned too.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Brett! Your wonderful support is greatly appreciated!! I'm sure you know the original cakes these were inspired from very well ^_^

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I made these last night, Mama Kim! I was a little nervous as I've never made anything like them before. We don't have sweet rice flour here, so I had to borrow some from my Japanese friend. I used mango since peaches aren't in season yet and pineapple jam. My weren't as pretty as yours, but I was proud of having made them and our friends loved them! I made the filling a little too thick, but the mango was yummy. Thanks so much! I just love your recipes. : )

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      That is absolutely fantastic Vespa!! It really made my day ^_^ Thank you! Mango sounds like it would be even better than peaches! As for thickness it's better to be too thick than too thin... I've tried to use too thin filling and it just squishes out when your trying to seal the cakes... lol. I'm so happy you and your friends loved them ^_^

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I love coconut, and I'll be trying these! They look a little complicated, but your instructions are very good.

      I'll let you know......

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mary! Thank you ^_^ It's always a pleasure to hear from you! They seem complicated... but they're actually quite easy. I've been making different variations of these every few days for the last few months (they help my hubby's sensitive tummy) The most awkward part is sealing the filling in and after a few I'm sure you'll get the hang of it. If the filling is just insisting on squeezing out then try freezing the balls and then using them.

      I can't wait to hear how they come out and how you like them! ^_^

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Looks so o=mouth-watering delicious. I gave this 5 stars :)

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      This looks so good, Sasha! This looks like a fun and enjoyable deserte especially for the holidays. I'll definitely come back to this recipe when Thanksgiving rolls around! My mom, sister and I are currently on a rage for new recipes to try out; I'll definitely let you know how this one works out :) Voted up ad sharing!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Unknown Spy, Thank you so much for your comment and starts ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Keith, Thank you for your fantastic support ^_^ Making these for a holiday is a great idea! I hope you all enjoy and have fun making these together. I'll be so happy to know, thank you ^_^

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Yum yum, I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing. A triple thumbs up. :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Mecheshier! I hope you enjoy!

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