Black Sesame Cupcakes


A delicious Japanese-inspired black sesame cake from Delicious Coma. Try it with green tea cream cheese frosting! Make sure to cool completely before frosting.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
24 cupcakes


  • ¼ cup black sesame seeds, crushed

  • 1 ½ sticks salted butter

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons black sesame paste

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cups milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.

  2. Toast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat, stirring and tossing constantly, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Omit this step if the seeds are already toasted.

  3. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Add toasted seeds, eggs, sesame paste, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined. Gradually beat in flour, baking powder, and salt. Add milk and beat for a few more minutes until combined.

  4. Fill cupcake liners with the batter.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 3/4 cup ground sesame seeds or 3 tablespoons black tahini for the black sesame paste if needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 48mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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