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Strawberry mochi cupcakes

photo of Strawberry mochi cupcakes on a cake stand

Recently I was introduced to a mochi cupcake recipe by The Food Librarian that varies from the previous mochi cake recipe I have been using.  I was curious to check out this new recipe.  I liked that it only used three eggs (I’m always running out of eggs) and used regular milk instead of evaporated milk.

photo of Strawberry mochi cupcakes in a muffin tin

The recipe didn’t taste exactly the same as the recipe base I normally use for my mochi cake variations.  The batter ended up being more dense, less chewy.  It was definitely more of an equal hybrid between “mochi” and “cake,” whereas the recipe I normally use is more chewy and mochi-like, in my opinion.

photo of one Strawberry mochi cupcake on a plate

Since strawberries were on sale this weekend, I thought I would make strawberry mochi cupcakes.  The red pieces of berry looked so pretty in the batter.  I think strawberry is one of my favorite mochi cake variations.  The soft fruit gives a nice moistness to the mochi cake.  The only bad thing is that if you use strawberries you need to eat it quickly or else it will mold.

close-up photo of a plate of mochi cupcakes

This recipe was easy to use, though I think I prefer the other mochi recipe a little bit more because I like my mochi cakes to be chewier.

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Strawberry Mochi Cupcakes

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These sweet treats are part chewy mochi and cake with fresh strawberries.


  • 1 (1-lb) box mochiko
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup oil


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and oil. Add dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Add in strawberries and mix lightly. Spoon batter in a muffin pan lined with baking cups and bake for about 25 minutes. (The original recipe called for 30-40 minutes, but I found that made by mochi cakes too brown and overbaked).


Recipe adapted from The Food Librarian who adapted it from Humble Bean

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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11 comments on “Strawberry mochi cupcakes”

  1. I’ve made these twice plain, no strawberries and they so addictive. I used maple syrup instead of sugar and coconut milk and coconut oil and vanilla because I couldn’t resist! I hate how easy these are to make because I crave them constantly 🙂

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  3. Hmm, you know I never thought about frosting since mochi is traditionally eaten as is, without any sort of topping/frosting. But perhaps a thin chocolate ganache layer? I’ve found that chocolate ganache is a great mochi filling so it could work as a frosting. Or maybe something light like a strawberry meringue buttercream?

  4. What would you recommend as frosting?

  5. Yes, with strawberries on sale, this is a great time to try this out!

  6. This is definitely a nice, pretty spring recipe. I hope you like it!

  7. Hi Rosa- I love Nordicware pans! I haven’t seen the dinosaurs one! Sounds like fun.

  8. Yum! Mochi- check, strawberries on sale – check. Can’t wait to try these!

  9. This is great for spring and I think I found a use for the mochiko sitting in the pantry… : )

  10. I’ve been looking thru your cooking posts and
    1) I want your Nordicware collection
    2) Your food always comes out looking so pretty and perfect!
    Have you seen the Nordicware baking pan that’s dinosaurs? I reeeeaaaallly want that one…I’d end up playing with my food though.