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Mochi Cupcakes with Azuki filling

mochi cupcakeSome of you might have seen this mochi cupcake recipe before.  I shared it back in 2007 on my old blog.  Have I really been blogging for that long?! But I digress, this cupcake recipe is one of my favorites so I’m sharing it again.  Make this recipe for a dessert, a snack, or even breakfast.
mochi cupcake 3The two ingredients that make this recipe unique are mochiko (rice flour)  and an (sweet azuki bean paste).  The mochi gives the cupcakes a more chewy texture and the “an” adds a subtle sweetness.  I usually purchase the mochiko at my local supermarket. I purchase the “an” at the Japanese grocery store. You can also find both these ingredients for purchase online.

Mochi Cupcakes with Azuki Filling Recipe Yields 24 cupcakes


3 Eggs
1 16oz box of mochiko (pictured above)
1 Cup of sugar
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
3/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 17.6oz Bag of sweet an paste (pictured above) – I use about 1/2 to 1/3 of the bag.

Poppy seeds for sprinkling and cooking spray


1.  Preheat oven to 375.  Spray the inside of the cupcake liners with cooking spray.  Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl mix wet ingredients: eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and sugar.

3.  In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients: mochiko and baking powder.

4.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Mix until smooth.  This is easy to do by hand.

5.  Fill cupcake liners 1/4 way up with batter.

6.  Place about 1 Tablespoon (or less) of “an” on top of batter in each liner.  I recommend cutting the corner of the bag off and squeezing out the “an”.  It doesn’t have to be exactly a tablespoon.

7.  Cover up “an” with batter so your cupcake liners are about 3/4 full.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds.

8.  Bake cupcakes for 25 – 30 minutes.

The cupcakes are best up to three days.  After the third day, the texture starts to change.  Store in an air tight container.

mochi cupcake 2

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