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Cherry Mochi Cake

This mochi cake recipe is a quick one-bowl dessert that you can customize with your favorite fruit. It has a wonderful chewy texture that is a cross between a regular cake and Japanese mochi. This version has fresh cherries but there are so many other ways to flavor the cake.  It’s a great dessert for potlucks and parties because it can be made in advance.

photo of slices of Cherry Mochi Cake on a plate

Mochi cake is a gluten-free dessert that is very easy to make from scratch. I adore Japanese mochi and have experimented with turning the chewy treat into a cake form. If you’ve been following along you might have seen some previous mochi cakes I’ve made. Lately, I’ve been loving it with different kinds of fresh fruit mixed into the batter.

What is Mochi Cake?

Mochi is made with glutinous rice flour which is completely gluten-free. You can buy it at Asian markets or on Amazon. I like Mochiko rice flour, but any brand will work.

The best way to describe mochi cake is that is like a cross between a regular cake and mochi. It has a chewy texture, much like a brownie, and you can flavor pretty much however you like.

I’ve made a lot of mochi cakes and they are great for taking to potlucks or parties because you need to make it in advance.

How to Make It

It’s a very easy dessert to make with just one bowl. This recipe is for a basic mochi cake, which you can customize with different kinds of fruit.

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 ounces glutinous rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla

All you do is cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the milk and eggs and stir to combine. Add the rice flour, baking powder, and vanilla and stir again until the batter is smooth.

At this point, you can add about 1 cup of chopped fresh fruit:

Fold the fruit into the batter and then pour it into a 9×13” baking dish. Bake the cake for about an hour at 350°F.

Storing the Cake

It’s important to cool the cake so it has time to set up. Once cooled it will keep at room temperature for a few days. Just tightly wrap it. Don’t keep it in the refrigerator because it will lose its chewy texture and turn hard.

When I make it for parties, I make it a day ahead. Once it’s cooled, I just wrap it up and then slice it when I’m ready to serve it.

photo of three slices of mochi cake stacked on a plate

Cherry Mochi Cake

Servings: 1 (9x13-inch) cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
This mochi cake is so easy to make and I love the chewy texture. You can get creative with different fruit, but this cherry version is one of my favorites!


  • 16 oz mochiko rice flour or can substitute for any brand of glutinous rice flour
  • cup butter softened
  • cups sugar
  • (12-oz) can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • tsp baking powder
  • tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh cherries cut into small pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Add the milk and eggs and stir to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, and vanilla and stir again until combined. Fold in the cherries and pour the batter into a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Bake the cake for approximately 1 hour. Cool the cake until the mochi is set before serving.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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4 comments on “Cherry Mochi Cake”

  1. Thanks! I think after flipping it over, it did look pretty cool. Kind of like a cherry upside down cake. heh.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I’ll try that next time.

  3. Actually this one looks better than the strawberry mochi cake. When I saw the picture of this one, I thought you put the cherries on top instead of mixing it in the batter. Looks nice! And yummy of course. I love mochi cakes.

  4. Kirbie,
    If you want the cherries or any other filling not to sink next time, lightly dust them in the flour that you are using for your mix before putting them in and they’ll stay right where you fold them into.
    Best of luck with your culinary endeavors !