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>> Thursday, March 18, 2010

 Sesame and coconut mochi cake

We had storm, plenty of rain and now, a week of hotter weather. Sure, Melbourne is famous for its ‘four-season-in-a-day’ sort of weather. Still, it is not easy to adapt to such sudden changes.

Not sure it was because of the weather or something else, I was in a cranky mood today. Two long black in the morning seemed not to help. But this image cracked me up. I laughed so hard in the office, it was unbelievable. {I did try the search and it was the same. Ha, google is funny!!! BTW, I do like Lady Gaga}.

With the heat and late nights at work, I did not do much in the kitchen (Surely one needs not another lemon tuna pasta recipe). Thankfully there were still some mochi cakes left for snacking.

 Sesame and coconut mochi cake

These are not normal mochi, but the baked variety. And they are seriously good! The recipe I learned from the talented Y was really versatile. I opted for a coconut and black sesame version, since I was in serious craving of some Asian sticky balls. The result was fantastic. The cake had a special chewy and sticky texture. With coconut and black sesame, it got the likeness of many Asian sweet treats.

Baked mini mochi

Hot off the oven, those mini ones did not last too long. My sister thought they were a lot like bánh rán (Vietnamese fried sticky rice donuts), minus the hard work of deep-frying of course.

I am going to get several more bags of sticky rice just to make it again! Which flavours should I try next? Matcha? Chocolate? or something fruity?

Sesame and coconut mochi cake

Adapted from a recipe via Lemonpi

225g glutinous rice flour
85g unsalted butter, melted
175g caster sugar
187g coconut flavour evaporated milk (1/2 can)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
2 tsp toasted sesame oil

Preheat the oven to 175′C. Grease your baking tins (I got 6 rose-shaped cakes + 6 mini muffins).

Sift the flour and baking powder together. In an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Fold in the melted butter, then the evaporated milk, sesame oil and vanilla. Fold in the dry ingredients. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared baking tin.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Eat as many as you can hot off the oven. Leave the rest to cool and store in air-tight container.

 Sesame and coconut mochi cakey


MeetaK 10:51 PM  

Ummm I am liking this a lot better than the classic version! nice!

Deeba PAB 11:02 PM  

Gorgeous post and absolutely gorgeous pictures too Ahn. LOVE all the effects and the hues... PRETTY! I've never had a mochi cake ... theyare every so pretty!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 12:24 AM  

I made this mochi cake recently too, very nice cake.

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul 12:29 AM  

These look beautiful Anh! I agree with Meeta...I prefer these to the original version!

Uncle Lee 2:24 AM  

Hi Anh, looks like you have a Black Belt in cooking, ha ha.
Your dishes certainly look sinfully delicious....I guess you can cook up the perfect storm where cooking is concerned.
You have fun and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

bittersweetblog 2:31 AM  

I like mochi, and I like cake, so it should reason that I'd love mochi cake! Gotta put that one on my "to-make" list.

Little Corner of Mine 4:06 AM  

This is interesting, using the glutinous rice flour, this is something new that I haven't tried before, might just give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

Eléonora 8:02 AM  

Your blog is super. So are your photographies. They make me hungry. I have spent a nice moment when seeing them. Thanks a lot.

Ravenous Couple 8:02 AM  

besides the various vietmaese banh, we've never had glutinous flour in a cake..this looks great

Reika-chan 11:19 AM  

*falls off the chair* Your (blog's) new look makes me stunned (@_@) Full of pinky stuff. I swear I could have supposed this was a teenager's blog if I hadn't known you first hand, ha! :D

I'm getting better each time with my baking skill. Honestly, I do feel really frustrated from time to time, but I keep telling myself that "she (= lovely butterball) could do much better on her own, why can't I?", and that's how I keep myself from giving up on baking art :) (of course, my skill is still a thousand miles far from "art" T_T)

I've resumed (or started) my study (seriously) this week. It's more fun than I thought :) Perhaps, it's partly thanks to your anime that I was directed back to the right track, realizing I don't have much time left. Bad (confusing) mood is over, I think :D

Happy weekend, by the way! ;)

shaz 2:12 PM  

This looks awesome Anh, I don't think I've ever tried baked mochi cake before. Hope you're feeling better now, I would after these cakes:)

The Food Librarian 2:52 PM  

Delicious! Love the combo of flavors. I must try this soon! :) - mary the food librarian

Angie's Recipes 5:03 PM  

I, too, adore the baked rice cakes! Coconut evaporated milk must help a lot to boost the flavours of these little cuties.

Ju (The Little Teochew) 9:31 PM  

There's something about your photography which makes your food really appealing. The flavours of this cake must taste so good! :)

MaryMoh 10:13 PM  

What beautiful cakes! Love the idea of using glutinous flour. Would love to try this.

Barbara 11:34 PM  

These lovely cakes would improve anyone's bad mood! They look delicious, Anh!

Sippity Sup 1:35 AM  

O have never had a mochi cake. In fact I have never heard of them. But the ingredients (rice flour!) make me feel that it would indeed be mood enhancer. GREG

Bong Mom 2:51 AM  

I have never had a mochi cake but now me want some. Delicious Anh and the weather has been like that at my corner too, this week it is gorgeoud though

Anh 8:43 AM  

Thanks everyone :)

Faith 8:47 AM  

These little treats look like the perfect compliment to a cup of tea!

Julie 11:06 AM  

These look delicious!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

joey 11:32 AM  

Yum! I know what you mean about Asian tastes...the first time I tried black sesame gelato I thought it tasted of one of our local snacks! These mochi look wonderful...and I love the new blog design!!!

Phuoc'n Delicious 1:07 PM  

What a great interpretation of bánh rán; it would be interesting to try out. I reckon you should do a chocolate and matcha one :)

noobcook 10:22 PM  

They look really cute, and the flavours are really interesting & yummy ^_^

Belle@OohLook 1:09 AM  

Gorgeous-looking cakes! Bet they taste pretty good too, with the coconut milk and sesame seeds.

myfrenchkitchen 4:16 AM  

I love these mini mocha cakes of yours...they look like they can disappear quite quickly...! And such a cute way of photographing them!

Su-yin 11:43 AM  

I love the look of these! Am bookmarking it, and am definitely going to make them soon.

Xiao Yen Recipes 12:38 PM  

I love mochi - mochi mooncake and mochi ice cream. Gotta try to this new variety!

Trissa 5:19 PM  

Hi Anh - beautiful styling. Love the black background. The mochi cakes sound delicious! Hope the weather in Melbourne gets better.

Ari (Baking and Books) 10:33 PM  

I don't think I've ever had a mochi cake! Looks and sounds delicious.

penny aka jeroxie 11:11 AM  

can I say that you are absolutely aWEsome! I am so glad to meet you in person. Hope to see the tut up :)

kuriouskitteh 11:43 AM  

Oh my gosh, I think you just brought to life dreams I didn't even know I had. The only time I've tried baking mochi (kinda) was when I used some mochiko in place of some of the flour in a banana muffn recipe, and it was great! Haven't tried coconut and sesame together, sounds very interesting =).
Thanks for sharing these, I look forward to making them soon =).
P.S: Your photos are beautiful <3.

~Kurious Kitteh

WizzyTheStick 1:57 PM  

I have never had a mochi cake but the sesame and coconut flavours go well together. I can tell that this would be delicious

Betty 4:48 PM  

these look great i wanna try it out with maybe green tea i just got a bag of matcha :O)

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ 5:24 PM  

this is a must try... i love coconut and glutinous rice and mochi too... love your pictures btw...

tigerfish 6:58 PM  

This looks different from the mochi I know...those soft Japanese mochi....but yeah, it is a cake! Now, I cannot imagine that texture....can I try some?

bake in paris 10:23 PM  

These little mochi cakes look delicious! And the photos speak so loud I have to try it myself. My favorite is the last photo, very sharp composition :-)

Sawadee from Bangkok,

Dharm 11:56 PM  

Melb is one of my favourite places too!! I've never heard of a Mochi cake so this was a learning experience while at the same time giving my rumbles in my tummy - wish I had a few of those cakes now...

Shirley @ Kokken69 1:09 AM  

Anh, thanks for dropping by my blog. I like yours too.. and what a coincidence,I am now obsessed with everything mochi - in particular the mochi bread.... this mochi cake looks good. I will bookmark this.

veron 1:17 AM  

This version looks delicious and perfect with that cup of tea. It's pouring rain over here too, and my mood is shifting both ways. Love that link to lady gaga though, made me laugh...:D

Manggy 3:08 AM  

Argh! I have always wanted to try making these. Now that I've all the ingredients, I haven't an excuse not to!! :)

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