Mochi. There isn't really quite much that is like it. It's one of those fun things to have people try. It's quite polarizing too. Either you'll love it or you'll hate it. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground when it comes to this sweet confection and now Trader Joe's Mochi Cake Mix is available to those who want to make it themselves.
On this blog I've tried other the ice cream mochi. Quite honestly, I didn't love it. I liked the ice cream, but that exterior just did not do it for me.
So when this hit shelves, I figured I would give it a go to see if I would like it any more than the ice cream.
Now, certain things are constant here. Mochi has its own unique texture. It's kinda chewy and spongy at the same time. It's hard to describe unless you've bitten into it.
At work, we take the kids to visit Chinatown and I always pick up a few snacks that would otherwise be unfamiliar to them and mochi is one of the items I'll pick up.
To what the kids reactions tells the same story as adults: you love it or you hate it. There isn't much in between. Every now and again you'll get the kid who bites into it who just doesn't know what to make of it.
This cake is quite sweet, so don't say I didn't warn you. One slice contains 29 grams of sugar. But it is also buttery and coconut flavored.
It only requires a few simple ingredients: water, eggs, and butter. Oh and an 8x8 square pan. Don't have one of those? Then a 9 inch round will do the job just fine. When you make this you are looking at nearly an hour from start to finish.
This was very different from the ice cream mochi. Some aspects of the texture were there, but this was a more enjoyable cake. I enjoyed this far more that I did the ice cream mochi or any other store bought mochi for that matter.
Overall, if you are gluten free, then this is worth a try. But this is probably going to be a split decision. The mochi lovers are going to like this. If you hate mochi, then skip this. As for me, I liked Mochi a bit more after trying this, but I didn't adore it enough to repurchase. But I know there will be others out there who will repurchase this.
For $3.99 this is a super simple cake to make. It's gluten free. It has good flavor to it. The texture is the factor that not everyone is going to fawn over.
If you love this it is available at Trader Joe's or on Amazon.com.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Mochi Cake Mix:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
A closer look at each slice for the texture:
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Trader Joe's Mochi Cake mix
Product Name: Trader Joe's Mochi Cake Mix
Product Description: Trader Joe's Mochi Cake Mix is a gluten free treat if you like the texture of Mochi.
Trader Joe's Mochi Cake Mix is easy at home mochi mix to make that classic squishy, spongy textured cake. If you really like Mochi in General, I'd say this is a ⅘. I liked it more that I tried it independent of ice cream.
- Makes a solid mochi cake
- If you like mochi in general, you'll probably enjoy this cake.
- Polarizing item in terms of texture
- You'll love it or hate it.