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Easy and Delicious Strawberry Mochi Dessert Recipe

Updated on April 20, 2013

Prepare a healthy, low fat, gluten-free dessert in less than 30 minutes!

Rice cake may sound like an exotic and unusual dessert, but in truth it is very easy to make at home. Not only do these mochi balls look enticing; they also taste delicious! The juicy flavor of the strawberry complemented by the soft, stretchy texture of sweet mochi cake is simply irresistible! On this page you will find all the information you will ever need to prepare some amazing sweets that will bring a smile to anyone's face.

What I love about the mochi cake is that it's very easy and simple, so easy in fact that it makes an enjoyable dessert to prepare with your kids!

"Ichigo Daifuku" Recipe

Strawberry Mochi Cake

Ingredients (makes 1 dozen mochi cake)

  • 120g mochi flour *
  • 20g sugar *
  • 180cc water *
  • 12 fresh strawberries
  • a bag of sweet bean paste ("koshi an")
  • a small amount of potato starch
  • food coloring (optional)

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You will also need:

  • Plastic wrap
  • A bowl
  • Microwave oven

Your mochi will probably look like this when finished.
Your mochi will probably look like this when finished.

Let's Get Started!

Let's first prepare the fillings.

1. Wash the strawberries, and remove the stem with a knife.

2. Spread a piece of plastic wrap (this is to keep your hands from getting dirty), then put a small amount of red bean paste along with a strawberry onto the wrap.

3. Use the plastic wrap to mold the bean paste into a ball with the strawberry as its center. Take the ball out of the wrap and put it on a plate. Repeat this step until all strawberries are in their bean paste balls.

tip: each ball should be about 1.5in to 2in in diameter.

Now we're ready to make the mochi!

4. Put mochi flour, sugar and water into the bowl. Stir the mixture with spatula until it becomes a consistent, runny white liquid.

optional: add some food coloring to the mix if you want pink mochi instead of white ones.

5. Put the bowl of mixture through microwave for 1 to 1.5 minutes (depends on the wattage of your microwave).

6. After microwaving, the mixture in the bowl should be a hot, sticky, not-so-consistent paste.

7. Stir the paste with a spatula, and microwave for another 30 seconds. This should make the paste more consistent and less powdery.

tip: if the paste feels too hard, add some water and stir it till smooth.

8. Prepare a flat surface and sprinkle some potato starch over it. Lay out the mochi dough on it, sprinkle more potato starch over it, and wait for it to cool just a little (but don't let it get cold!).

9. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces.

Finally, let's put everything together!

10. Take a piece of dough and flatten it with your hands, then wrap it around one of the bean-paste-and-strawberry balls that you prepared beforehand. Make sure that the ball is completely covered in mochi.

tip: it would look better if the ends of the mochi face bottom.

11. If the end result looks asymmetrical, use your hands to adjust it into nice dome-like shapes. Repeat Steps 10 and 11 for all twelve pieces.

...aaand you're done! Enjoy your dessert!

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enjoy your mochi cake!
enjoy your mochi cake!

Keep that bag of potato starch handy

Mochi dough is very viscous and sticky - and will easily cling to your fingers and everything else it comes in contact with. Potato starch is what enables you to shape that sticky mess into the round form you want it to be. So be sure to put starch on your hands and on whatever surface you're working on, and keep some extra starch beside you while you prepare the mochi.

Ichigo Daifuku
Ichigo Daifuku

You can choose to keep the top of the mochi open to reveal the strawberry and give it a fancier look, or simply place the strawberry on top of the mochi at the final step (this might be better if your strawberries are big).

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Be Adventurous!

Try out different kinds of ingredients

Mochi cake goes well with almost anything! If you don't happen to have fresh strawberries or red bean paste in the fridge, not to worry: all you have to do is improvise a bit! I've put here a few examples of goodies that you can use for mochi cake.

  • Replace the strawberry with other fruits: grapes, oranges, bananas and kiwi fruits to name just a few!
  • Use chocolate cream instead of red bean paste.
  • If you don't have fresh fruits, how about using jam instead?
  • Replace the red bean paste with whipped cream! Cream-filled mochi also tastes great when frozen.
  • Add some green tea powder to make green tea mochi.
  • Stir some instant coffee powder into the mochi mix before heating, then fill the coffee-flavored mochi with whipped cream - and there you have it: Cafe au Lait mochi!
  • Pumpkin mochi - an interesting twist to your annual Thanksgiving feast.

More Amazing Mochi Dessert Recipe!

There are many great mochi recipes available online for you to try out. Take a look!

I love mochi cake! Do you? If you know any great mochi recipes, I'm always looking for new ones to try out, so do let me know!

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      Angel H. 

      4 years ago

      Please let people know that mochu should not be given to very small children, the elderly, or anyone who may have trouble with very chewy foods. It can be a choking hazard.

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      5 years ago

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      Yum - strawberry mochi is one of my favorites and it's perfect for the Japanese Girl's Day celebration.

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      5 years ago

      Yay! I love mochi and I love this lens! Can't wait to test this out.

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      sukkran trichy 

      5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      love this mochi dessert recipe. sounds delicious.

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      5 years ago

      this looks delicious! thanks for the recipe


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