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Tahini Cake Recipe

The best vegan cake ever


I’ve never thought of using tahini in a cake.  Not until now that is.  Even you will be surprised how this tahini cake tastes and turns out.

Although I don’t technically fast during Lent I do manage to enjoy a number of dishes created especially for this period.  But I can tell you it wasn’t always like that.  I used to hate fasting as a kid.  I often thought of it as torture.  The only thing that would keep me going was the inevitable rewards that I would get to enjoy on Easter Sunday.

Koulouria. Tsoureki. And the lamb!

Back in my day I can assure you that alternative foods that were dairy free and meat free were a little scarce in our household!  But this is not a post to whinge about fasting during Lent.  This is about being creative and making this tahini cake.  A delicious, very dense tahini cake.

I will admit to being slightly skeptical when I heard about this recipe.

No eggs? No milk?

My major concern was whether the cake would rise.  Not only did it rise, but it went beyond my expectations.  The orange juice gave it that wonderful, zesty aroma that citrus cakes are renowned for.  The ground cinnamon and cloves pushed it to that next delicious level.  But you know me. I love cinnamon in anything!  The tahini released its subtle nuttiness and allowed the cake to come together beautifully!

I will say it again.

If you make this, do not expect a light, fluffy, sponge cake.  This is a toothsome cake with a strong, dense texture.  If you get the opportunity to make this I would love to know your thoughts.

All the best, till next time.

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Tahini Cake Recipe
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A vegan cake made with tahini. It's also spiced with cinnamon and orange for a little extra flavour.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • ¼ cup cognac or brandy
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • extra ground cinnamon and icing sugar to garnish
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg c and grease and line a 20cm baking tin.
  2. In a stand mixer combine the tahini and caster sugar and beat until light and fluffy (approx. 2-3 minutes).
  3. Add the orange juice, zest and cognac and beat agin for 1 minute until well combined.
  4. Add the flour, spices and baking powder and gently fold through ensuring it is all mixed well.
  5. Pour into baking tin and cook for 45 mins. until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool in the baking pan for 10 mins before removing and then allow the cake to cool completely before dusting with extra ground cinnamon and icing sugar.

  • Rosa

    Mmmhhh, this cake must taste heavenly! I am addicted to tahini…



  • Love it when a recipe challenges the senses when you read it. This one does exactly that. Hoping to find some time to give this a try over the Easter weekend. It truly looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  • shafayat

    What a great idea! And it looks incredibly yummy also.
    Thanks for sharing this creative recipe, cheers!

  • Gosh, this looks absolutely wonderful. I love rich, dense cakes and always have a jar of tahini to hand – I bet it would be delicious with a few chocolate chunks instead of the citrus too.

  • Alison Borgas

    Yum! Definitely my type of cake. Bookmarking to make later… and, loving those props.

  • evi

    I really love tahini and many times I have tried to make tahini desserts. One problem though: tahini cakes don’t “hold themselves together”. I mean they really fall apart when I cut them. Any tips on that? Greetings from Greece!

  • Kiki

    And it’s a delicate cake too, in its own way, which seems as unlikely as the height it rises to. Add a bit of ground cardamom to amp up the flavors even more and a pinch of anise to complement the citrus! http://thegreekvegan.com/tahinopita-sesame-cream-cake/

  • I have the weakest spot for “plain” cakes that are nothing but plain. This one looks beautiful and I cannot wait to make it. x