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Sesame Honey Cupcakes

I wanted my sesame honey cupcakes to taste like sesame honey crunch candies. They were a favorite in childhood and these take me back.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese frosting, sesame honey candy, sesame honey cupcakes
Servings: 15 cupcakes
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Stef


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

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

Sesame Honey Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  • Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly mix in tahini and honey.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Once the sesame seeds are in place, drizzle some honey over the top of the cupcakes.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1.7mg