Black Sesame Cupcakes W’ Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x

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A ridiculously moist cupcake made using honeyed black sesame paste, dressed in silky Matcha cream cheese frosting. 💚🖤



For the cupcakes—

  • 1/4 cup milk 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar 
  • 1/3 cup toasted black sesame seeds 
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour 
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 1/2 cups spotty bananas (45 bananas) 
  • 1/2 cup rapeseed / olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp toasted black sesame seeds, divided

For the matcha frosting—

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup cream cheese (or soft white cheese)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 4 tsp Matcha powder
  • 1 cup icing/ confectioners sugar, sifted

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  1. Stir the 1tsp lemon juice or vinegar into the milk and set aside. 
  2. Next, blitz toasted black sesame seeds in a food processor until mostly finely ground into powder. 
  3. Add honey and blitz again until a paste forms. 
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350F/ 180C/ Gas Mark 4. 
  5. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda & salt together. 
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs & sugar together until light. Pour into food processor with sesame paste and blitz until thoroughly combined.  
  7. Next, add bananas, oil, milk & vanilla. Blitz again until well mixed. 
  8. Remove mixture from food processor, transferring into a large bowl. Add dry ingredients in three additions, mixing in between additions—do not overmix, though! 
  9. Sprinkle in 2tbsp of sesame seeds and mix just enough to combine. 
  10. Fill cupcake cases 2/3 of the way,  topping each with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes (and until skewer poked through comes out clean). 
  11. For the frosting, cream the butter (I use my food processor again, but a stand or hand-held mixer works well, too). Add cream cheese and blitz until smooth. Sift over matcha powder and pulse until colour is uniform. Finally, add icing sugar in three additions, blitzing until silky. Wait until cupcakes have cooled completely, then generously swirl over the frosting. Chocolate drizzling totally optional!