Friendly Cakes

June 8th, 2009

Apparently, today was BFF Day. I guess it was kinda Twitter-y, but I actually coincidentally was spending the day with my BFF. So I made her cakes.

Ooh, what flavor might those be?

Ooh, what flavor might those be?

I had been admiring some mochi cakes, and happened to have a box of Mochiko. I also had some Granny Smiths. So I put them together.

Nice and flat and stackable.

Nice and flat and stackable.

I also had to make some substitutions. I made evaporated soy milk by cooking plain soy milk for a while (which smelled really good) until it was cooked down to the amount I needed. I also needed to use a butter substitute to make them totally dairy-free.

A mochi cake a day...?

A mochi cake a day...?

I decided to make a sour applesauce to replace half of the melted butter by chopping up a large apple and cooking it with a bit of water until soft, then pureeing until very fine and straining into a measuring cup. The measuring cup was on my new scale. Which I love. Oh yes I do.

Apple go round!

Apple go round!

I just used a stick of melted Earth Balance (which I have left over from when I made vegan puff pastry) to replace the other half of the butter. And added a bit of green food coloring.

It's not easy being green...when you're a delicious cake.

It's not easy being green...when you're a delicious cake.

The awesome thing about these cakes is that, with a scale, they are incredibly easy to make in one bowl, by hand. Which is what I did. With love for my BFF.

Green Apple Mochi Cakes

Who needs frosting?

Who needs frosting?

  1. 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into smallish pieces
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 4 oz. melted butter/your choice of non-butter
  4. 2 cups sugar
  5. 12 oz. evaporated milk (or a little over 2 cups of plain soymilk, cooked over medium-low heat, stirred frequently, 15 minutes or until reduced noticeably, cooled, and measured to 12 oz.)
  6. 4 eggs
  7. Up to 1/2 tsp green gel food coloring
  8. 1 box Mochiko
  9. 2 tsp baking powder

Place the chopped apple into a small saucepan and add a couple Tbsp of water. Cover and cook over medium-high heat, checking every few minutes and stirring occasionally, until soft. If the apples start to dry out add a little more water. Allow to cool somewhat, then puree thoroughly in a blender. Pour through a strainer into a measuring cup and measure to 4 oz. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, applesauce and sugar. Once completely combined, mix in the soy milk. Add the eggs and stir in a bit. Squirt a bit of the food coloring in and mix well. Add more if necessary – you want a pale green. Whisk in the baking powder, then add the Mochiko, gradually whisking it in until the box is empty and the batter is smooth. Pour into lined muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes, checking them with a toothpick. It’s nice if the edges get browned a bit. Cool on racks completely before enjoying. Makes about 2 dozen – I got 23.

These turned out really tasty, with nice cakey edges and a heavy, chewy mochi center. You can almost – sort of – taste the apple. I thought they smelled like Apple Jacks while they were cooling. You could eat them with jam (bean jam, if you had it…I don’t…right now) but they are lovely and enjoyably snacky on their own, or, of course, with tea.

6 Responses to “Friendly Cakes”

  1. This is very intriguing! I lvoe mochi but I’ve never seen it made into a regular cake. Is it more mochi than cupcake?

    I missed Donut day and now BFF day? Eek!

  2. VerySmallAnna says:

    It is definitely more mochi than cake. I wasn’t expecting it to be so chewy but I love mochi so it’s all good.

  3. Ann says:

    Fun! I’ve been seeing lots of mochi foods lately as well and have been curious to make it. I’m so glad it turned out…maybe I’ll give it a shot too? :)

  4. Y says:

    Such a great idea, putting apple into this. I’ve finally managed to get more flour, so I’m going to try the recipe again. Must’ve made it three times by now! I keep giving it away to people, so I haven’t eaten as much of it as I would like to :P

  5. Jenni says:

    Lovely and very friendly! And Yay for the scale!!

  6. LDVR says:

    Dear Anna, I’m very intrigued by this recipe. It seems so wonderful! How much mochi flour to you gather is in one mochiko box? Thank you!

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