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Sesame Honey Cupcakes

Sesame Honey Cupcakes

cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, honey, sesame

I wanted my sesame honey cupcakes to taste like sesame honey crunch candies. I know I was an unusual child, but sesame honey crunch candies were some of my favorite candies (I have always had a love for anything with honey). Perhaps, I wasn’t as strange a child as my husband, though, who for some inexplicable reason called sesame honey crunch candies “chicken bones.” Did anyone else do this?

Did the Sesame Honey Cupcakes Taste Like Sesame Honey Crunch Candy?

Yes, the sesame honey cupcakes tasted just like sesame honey crunch candies! Those (like me and Jonathan) who love sesame honey crunch candy loved these sesame honey cupcakes. Those who do not like the flavor of sesame and honey, like my mother in law, did not like these. Lastly, those who had never had anything with sesame and honey, like my friend who was in from Seattle, simply didn’t know what to make of them.

You should know that like the candies, the cupcakes are not overly sweet and strike me as kind of mellow and cozy – a cupcake that you would have with some steamed milk rather than an espresso.

Groom 2.5 suggested that the cupcakes might go well with some kind of fruit filling. I agree, but I think that would in some way detract from their simple nature.

The Sesame Honey Cupcake Recipe

I got the recipe for the sesame honey cupcake from Curiously Ravenous. Her recipe was absolutely perfect for what I was looking for! I am reprinting it below with my notes.

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Sesame Honey Cupcakes

Servings 12 -15 cupcakes


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/3 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T tahini you can use my homemade tahini recipe or use store-bought
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 T white sesame seeds

Sesame Honey Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 C butter room temperature
  • 2 T tahini
  • 1/2 C honey


Cupcake Instructions

  1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. In another bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and honey until pale and glossy, about 3 minutes.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk and vanilla.
  4. With the mixer running, add the egg to the butter-sugar mixture, until well-blended.
  5. Continue beating in the tahini.
  6. In 3 additions, alternately blend in the flour and buttermilk, ending with flour.
  7. Mix in the sesame seeds.
  8. Fill cupcake liners almost to the top. These cupcakes do not rise very much.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top of the cakes are lightly golden.

Sesame Honey Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  1. Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly mix in tahini and honey.
  3. Spread on the cupcakes. You don't need to make them look pretty because they are going to get covered in sesame seeds.

Dunk and Drizzle

  1. Once the cupcakes have been frosted, simply dunk them in a plate of toasted sesame seeds. If you need a tutorial on toasting sesame seeds, see my notes in the tahini post. I used all white sesame seeds, however, I think it would look really neat to use a combination of white and black sesame seeds.
  2. Once the sesame seeds are in place, drizzle some honey over the top of the cupcakes.

The Sesame Honey Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Curiously Ravenous used a sesame honey buttercream frosting on her cupcakes. Since I’m not a buttercream fan, I opted for a Cupcake Project original cream cheese version. You might notice the absence of sugar in my recipe. Whenever I’ve added powdered sugar to a frosting recipe with honey it, the level of sweetness disgusts me!

The Dunk and Drizzle

The photo above is really just another opportunity to show off Jonathan’s new macro lens!

Related Recipes

If you would prefer to make the actual sesame honey crunch candy instead of a cupcake recipe inspired by it, you might want to check out Alanna’s recent sesame candy recipe. I haven’t personally tried it yet, but it sounds fantastic.

If you would prefer a cupcake recipe based on another favorite candy, you might want to check out my Ferrero Rocher cupcakes.

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24 comments on “Sesame Honey Cupcakes”

  1. Happy cook says:

    Wow they look beautiful. By the time i ended reading the post, i was drooling all over by the thought of buting it that frosting .

  2. Alanna says:

    Your blog needs a new name: The Creative You-Won’t-Believe-It-Makes-a-Cupcake blog. As ever, Ms Stef, so creative and “so obvious” both. Lovely!

  3. Happy new year – and congratulations, I’ve picked you as one of five bloggers to whom I can pass on the A Hoy award. See either of those links for the rules if you would like to pass this along.

    And yes, I absolutely adored sticky sesame snacks throughout my childhood, too :)

  4. Sydney says:

    Holy moly I love those candies!!! I bet that cupcake was amazing.

  5. Oh my not only do these look elegant they sound so yummy. I love honey and seasame seeds (and the candy) so I will have to give this a try. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and TFS.

    Debbie/Phx AZ

  6. Stef says:

    Happy – Thanks so much!

    Alanna – What a sweet comment! Thanks for making me smile!

    Rachel and Sydney – Glad I’m not alone in loving the candies!

    Debbie – Hope you have a nice weekend as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. cheryl says:

    I love Sesame honey candies. Save me one!

  8. Hayley says:

    I’ve never heard of sesame honey candies, but these cupcakes sound amazing!

  9. naomi says:

    Those candies are the only good thing of Pesach.

  10. Maggie says:

    I loved sesame candy as a kid too. I have to try these soon.

  11. Peter says:

    Hi! If you google the words chicken bone candy, you’ll discover an old fashioned candy that retailed as “Chicken Bones”. Perhaps he knows of these.

  12. SugarPunk says:

    Ooooh, these look awesome! Too bad the husband can’t eat sesame.

    I made the Ferrero Rocher cupcakes the other day for a birthday party, and they were a big hit! Thanks for posting the recipe.

  13. Sarah says:

    I loved those crunch sesame-honey wafer sticky things (yup, it’s a technical term) when I was growing up. Haven’t had them in ages though!

  14. Cancemini4 says:

    These are so unique, what a great recipe! I bet the honey sesame frosting would also be delicious on lots of different types of cakes, I’ll definitely be trying it out.

  15. Anonymous says:

    How large a tin would I need to make this into a cake, do you think? TIA!

  16. Stef says:

    Anon – I think it should make an 8 or 9 inch square or round cake. You may also need to bake it a bit longer.

  17. Wendylee says:

    Oh i have to try these, I love cupcakes and I love sesame seeds!

  18. Anonymous says:

    wow, these sound positively delicious.

  19. Christina says:

    I :heart: sesame crunch candies! These cupcakes make me smiles =)

  20. Alaina says:

    I’ve been eyeing this recipe for months now… and I’m finally making them!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  21. boncha says:

    Just made these cupcakes! Flavor is amazing! I made mini cupcakes which came out perfectly but the reg size cupcakes…didn’t bake correctly for some reason. done on top but not on the bottom. I probably just didn’t keep them in long enough.

    There is a typo in the recipe. Salt is called for twice and I don’t think it should be added to the cream mixture?

    Also, the frosting recipe calls for WAY too much honey. Start with 1/8 cup honey and if more is needed gradually in another 1/8 cup… I added a 1/2 cup and my frosting was a liquid mess!

    Again, awesome flavor!!

  22. namenik says:

    Chicken bones are actually the butterscotch/peanut butter candy sticks rolled in toasted coconut, not sesame honey candies.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Yes, but what temperature do you bake the cupcakes at? Not mentioned in the recipe!

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