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Walnut and Tahini Cake

Walnut Cake

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf cake 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English


This deliciously nutty Walnut Cake with Tahini is very quick and easy to make.  It is flavoured with toasted walnuts, tahini and sesame seeds.



For the cake:

  • 125 g (4.5 oz) butter
  • 175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 50 g (2 oz) walnuts


For the icing:

  • 50 g (2 oz) butter
  • 100 g (4 oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoons tahini
  • 10 g (0.5 oz) sesame seeds
  • 25 g (1 oz) walnuts


  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Dry fry all the walnuts – the 50 g for the cake and the 25 g for decoration – in a small frying pan.   Stir to ensure that the do not burn. When they are brown and toasted, remove from the pan, roughly chop them and set aside to cool.
  3. Dry fry the sesame seeds that you will use for decoration, following the same method, and set aside to cool.
  4. Grease a 450 g loaf tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.  Alternatively, use a baking parchment loaf tin liner.
  5. Cream the butter with the sugar.  This is much easier if the butter has been left out of the fridge for at least an hour and is at room temperature.
  6. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.  If it looks as if it is going to curdle, add some of the self-raising flour.
  7. Once the eggs have been incorporated add the rest of the self-raising flour.
  8. Stir in the tahini and Greek yogurt.
  9. Add 50 g of the chopped, toasted walnuts.
  10. Spoon the cake mixture into your prepared loaf tin.
  11. Put the tin in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  13. Make the butter icing by beating the butter with the icing sugar.  This is much easier if the butter is at room temperature.   Add the tahini and beat to combine.
  14. Spread the icing over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the roasted sesame seeds and the remaining roasted chopped walnuts.

Keywords: walnut cake, tahini cake