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Black Sesame Chiffon Cake

I've been wanting to bake a black sesame chiffon cake and when I chanced upon the recipe posted by
Christine of  Christine's Recipes and her lovely pictures, I wasted no time in trying it out.  True to her description, this chiffon cake is soft, moist and full of sesame aroma.   Just can't resist the temptation of a second or more helpings!

Recipe for Black Sesame Chiffon Cake  (adapted from 'here' with slight modification)

Ingredients (A)

  • 6 egg whites
  • 60 gm caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 80 gm superfine flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25 gm black sesame powder
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 30 gm caster sugar
  • 50 gm canola oil/corn oil
  • 80 ml milk

  1. Sift flour with the baking powder, salt and mix well.  Stir in the black sesame powder.  Mix thoroughly.
  2. Using ball whisk, whisk the egg yolks with 30 gm sugar till sugar has dissolved.  Stir in the oil little by little till mixture is completely combined.  Add in milk and stir well to mix.
  3. In a clean bowl, beat egg whites till bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.  After mixing well, add in the 60 gm of sugar in three batches and beat till soft peaks form but not dry.
  4. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture with the ball whisk till well combined.
  5. Fold in 1/3 egg whites with a spatula.  Mix well, then pour the batter into the remaining egg whites, mix till egg whites are fully incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into an ungreased  23 cm chiffon cake pan and bake in a preheated oven @ 170 deg.C for 35 to 40 mins.  After 15 mins and if the surface gets brown, reduce heat to  160 deg.C.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.
  7. Remove cake from the oven and invert immediately onto a wire rack till completely cooled.  Use a serrated knife to go round the pan and loosen the cake.

I'm linking this post to  Bake Along and this week's theme is Chiffon Cakes
jointly hosted by
Joyce of  Kitchen Flavours, Zoe of  Bake for Happy Kids and Lena of Frozen Wings


  1. Black sesame! I was reading some info on black sesame and found out that it is very good for one's health!

    1. Yes, I too have read write-ups on the goodness of black sesame seeds. Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Love the sweet color of this black sesame... Chiffon cake texture looks excellent too . :D
    Im usually very greedy and I tend to add "abit" more black sesame..and end ended up having a blacker black sesame chiffon cake :P

    1. I too would like to add a bit more than what the recipe calls for but as this is my first attempt, I dare not venture :)

  3. Agree with Charmaine, I like this sweet light colour of this sesame chiffon ^-^!

  4. Hi Cheah! I have not eaten any cakes with sesame flavour as yet. But I am sure I will like it because black sesame is very fragrant.

    1. Yes, it is indeed fragrant and I do like black sesame!

  5. Hi, looking at your nice sesame chiffon cake, I am keen in baking one. Btw where can I get sesame flour? Tks

  6. Quite a while I haven't bake chiffon with black sesame. I think I'll try this recipe, looks spongy and the aroma must be good.

  7. A very fragrant and soft and fluffy chiffon. Looks lovely too.

  8. This cake looks so beautifully light, spongy and elegant!

  9. Looks wonderful! So fluffy and I bet the smell is very fragrant from the sesame powder!

    1. Yes, Jeannie, the black sesame is indeed very fragrant!

  10. hi cheah, i actually baked a black sesame chiffon not long ago but it didnt turn out really well..the cake was a little caved in..and was using black sesame paste instead of powder. The cake tasted good though. Thx for joining our chiffon cake theme , your cake looks wonderful!

    1. I think the sesame paste is a bit dense that's why. No worries, you can always try again, Lena!

  11. Cheah, Your black sesame chiffon cake looks so perfect, soft and cottony! I'd baked one, that was long time ago but was not fragrant. Will definitely want to try to bake one again.

    1. Yes, maybe this time around, you won't be disappointed, Ann!

  12. Very nice!!! Really love the little black dots in the chiffon!!

  13. I love how light and smooth this chiffon looks! Well done, Cheah.

  14. Hi Cheah,
    Lovely chiffon cake! I have never tried a sesame one before, it's on my list for ages! Haha! One of these days, I will! Thanks for chiffon-baking-along with us!

  15. Oh goodness, Cheah. All these Chiffon recipes are sending me in a whirl. Yours looks delightful! Thank you so much for sharing...

    1. You'll be spoilt for choice .... so many recipes to choose from!

  16. Hi Cheah,

    My auntie loves everything made with black sesame and I hope to make this chiffon cake for her too :D


    1. You give it a try and I think she'll be delighted, Zoe!

  17. Hi Cheah,
    This black sesame chiffon cake must be full of sesame aroma. I was looking aroud for a black sesame chiffon recipe and now i know where to find :) Me too like Diana love the little black dot in the chiffon.

    1. You can give it a go and see how you like it :)


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