guest post: my name is yeh sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting


Nik Sharma

Hey Friends, I’m a multi-award-winning and best-selling cookbook author and photographer.

guest post by @yehmolly sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting

Guys, I’m off to India for my big family reunion. I plan to eat a lot, enjoy the beach and celebrate Christmas and my cousins’ weddings. Our bags have been packed and we’re off on our some 22 hour long flight. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and while I’m away I have a couple of posts lined up by some of my amazing friends who were pretty awesome to share the talents here.

guest post by @yehmolly sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting

guest post by @yehmolly sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting

Today’s guest post is from one of my favorite bloggers, Molly of My Name is Yeh. Molly is a talented baker and a wonderful photographer, you should check out her site if you haven’t already! Her writing and attitude is filled with an infectious and positive energy that makes you want to visit her farm and cook, laugh and eat with her all day long. Here’s the genius behind these delightful cupcakes, Molly Yeh!

guest post by @yehmolly sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting

guest post by @yehmolly sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting

When Nik asked me to do this guest post, I knew I didn’t need to look very far for inspiration! He has a bagillion recipes that I’ve been wanting to make (those breakfast samosas!!! that semolina halva!!!). I love the flavors that make reoccurring appearances on this beautiful space, a lot of them happen to be flavors that I often use too. I’m no stranger to putting tahini in my cakes, but tahini and shredded coconut in a cake?? That sounded marvelous and like something I needed to try immediately. To add some holiday flair, I filled them with raspberry preserves, topped them with my tahini frosting, and of course, sprinkles of all sorts!! The result was so tasty that I immediately delivered them to my friends so that I wouldn’t eat them all by myself.”

Note: Molly used my recipe for the tahini inspired version`of the Goan coconut baath cake. She replaced the semolina with the same amount of all purpose flour (by weight) and baked the cupcakes for approximately 18-22 minutes.

guest post by @yehmolly sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting

sesame cupcakes with tahini frosting

yields: enough frosting for approximately 20 cupcakes


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup tahini

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

a pinch of cinnamon

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup raspberry preserves

sesame seeds, sprinkles, coconut, fresh raspberries, etc. for decorating

1. To make the frosting, beat together the butter, tahini, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Taste and add more sugar if desired.

2. Once the cupcakes are cool, use an apple corer to remove the centers. Fill with raspberry preserves and then top with frosting and any decorations you’d like. 

8 Responses

  1. Molly is incredible! And these cupcakes are no exception. I’m somewhat obsessed with sweet sesame recipes these days, so these are definitely on my list. Nom

  2. These cupcakes are beautiful! I’ve never had tahini in a cake before, or even ON a cake, but these are making me feel the need to change that very soon. I hope you are enjoying your time in India, Nik!

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