this cake has layers of matcha green tea and vanilla cake with black sesame vanilla frosting.
i made a black sesame paste from ground up sesame seeds and mixed in some sesame oil but you can use store bought black sesame paste or tahini.
i made some sesame brittle to decorate the top of the cake.
this cake was wonderful i love sesame seeds so i really liked the flavours in a cake.
i decided to make it as it is Chinese new year new week (19th feb), and i wanted to make something with some asian flavours to celebrate.
for the matcha sponge
1 cup 220g caster sugar
1 cup 220g butter
1 and 1/2 cups 220g self raising flour
pinch of salt
2 tbsp of matcha (more if desired)
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp milk
preheat the oven to 180c 350f
grease and line two 9 inch round cake tins
with a mixer cream together the butter and sugar until soft and pale, break in the eggs one at a time mixing thoroughly between each one.
add the vanilla extract and mix then sift in the flour, matcha and salt and fold in.
to loosen the batter add the milk.
separate between the two tins and bake for about 40/45 minutes, turning the tins half way through baking.
let cool completely
to make sesame paste
10 tbsp black sesame seeds 2 tbsp sesame oil
in a food processor add the seeds and pulse for a few minutes until the seeds are finely ground.
add the sesame oil and mix into a paste
sesame paste from above
60g 1/2 cup icing sugar
500ml double cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
mix the cream and icing sugar and vanilla until it starts to thicken then add the sesame paste and mix until peaks form.
slice the cakes into 4 layers and add some of the frosting between each layer then stack up the layers.
use a pallet knife and smooth the frosting around the sides of the cake.
line a baking tray with not stick baking paper and sprinkle on some sesame seeds
in a pan add 1/2 cup 120g caster sugar and 3 tbsp water
stir to combine then leave to simmer gently, brush down the side of the pan with some water to stop it burning, once it turns golden pour it over the seeds on the tray and leave to harden,
break into pieces and decorate cake.
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Kristin @ Tasty Joy says
How unexpected and lovely! With all the pink and red around now, this is a beautiful alternative!
The Boyer Family Singers says
Yay! I can not wait to try this!
the Middle Sister and Singer
June Burns says
Wow, what a gorgeous cake! I just love matcha, the color is fantastic 🙂
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Allie Zigdon says
This is hand down one of the most appetizing things I've seen in a long time! I just love anything with Matcha!
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molly yeh says
this is GORGEOUS and so fluffy and i love the brittle!!!!!!! and i may or may not have made a cake exactly like this last week 🙂 such an amazing combination, these flavors!!!! beautiful, lady!!!!
What an interesting cake. The flavors are intriguing, never had matcha before. Pictures, like always, so moody and expressive!
Alana | Fix Feast Flair says
Love everything about this cake! Love the matcha sponge (!!), the black sesame frosting and especially love the brittle on top. BEAUTIFUL cake and flavors!