Learn how to make Butter Mochi

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Chef Mark "Gooch" Noguchi is also one of our Featured Chefs and co-founder + Executive Chef of The Pili Group. In this video, Gooch teaches us how to create his family-friendly recipe for butter mochi. Known as a classic Hawai‘i treat, it's soft, sweet and chewy with a delicious buttery flavor. All you need to do is mix and bake!

Butter Mochi Recipe


  • 1 stick 4oz unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 5 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 lb. mochiko sweet rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 can (15oz) coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a mixer with a paddle attachment mix mochiko, baking powder and sugar together.
  3. Pour in the melted butter and blend until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  4. Add the vanilla into the whole milk and pour into the mixture.
  5. Add the eggs one by one and then mix in the coconut milk.
  6. Pour into a greased cake pan, cover with foil and bake for 1 hr. Check at the 45 minute mark by inserting a cake tester, the tester should come out moist but with no raw clumps of batter attached.
  7. Let cool, preferably overnight, butter mochi is best after resting.
  8. ENJOY!

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