Chocolate & sesame loaf cake

Chocolate & sesame loaf cake

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 55 mins - 1 hr plus chilling


makes 2 cakes

Tahini gives this cake a subtle nutty flavour that partners perfectly with rich chocolate. This recipe makes 2 cakes, so why not freeze one as a treat for another day!

Nutrition and extra info

  • un-iced cake only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal616
  • fat38g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.7g
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    For the chocolate swirl

    • 200g butter, plus extra for greasing



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
    • 200g golden caster sugar
    • 100ml strong espresso
    • 100ml soured cream
    • 2 eggs



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 5 tsp cocoa powder

    For the sesame swirl

    • 250g self-raising flour
    • 150g tahini



      Also known as tahina, this finely ground paste of husked and roasted sesame seeds is an…

    • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

      Baking powder

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      Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

    • 150ml strong black coffee
    • 150g golden caster sugar
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon



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    • 2 tbsp milk



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    For the topping

    • 200ml double cream
    • 40g butter



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
    • 4 x 30g pack sesame snaps


    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease two 900g loaf tins (8.5cm deep) and line with baking parchment.

    2. First, make the chocolate cake mixture. Put the butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Put all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and, when the chocolate and butter have melted, pour over and mix with an electric whisk until smooth and well combined. Set aside and rinse the beaters.

    3. In another large bowl, add all the sesame cake ingredients, then combine with an electric whisk until smooth.

    4. Alternating with dollops of each mixture, divide between the two tins. Level the top, then swirl a skewer through the mixture to create a marbled effect. Bake in the middle of the oven for 45-50 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool completely on a wire rack while you make the topping (there’s enough for both cakes but the topping recipe is easily halved if you want to freeze one and ice it later)

    5. Heat the double cream and butter together gently in a small pan until just simmering, then remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until the mixture is smooth, then place in the fridge for 20 mins to firm up.

    6. Beat well with a wooden spoon, then transfer to a disposable piping bag. Snip the end off to make a wide opening, then pipe thick, overlapping zigzags across the cakes. Cut the sesame snaps into shards and arrange on top, scattering over any crumbs, then serve.

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    11th Apr, 2016
    this cake was very easy and even though the sesame mix was incredibly thick it rose beautifully. We had some of the first cake warm for pudding, which was great. The only tiny complaint is that the rich, nutty sesame flavour, which I got from the warm cake, had dissapeared when the cake was cold.
    6th Jul, 2017
    Can you substitute greek yoghurt for the sour cream?
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    11th Jul, 2017
    Thanks for your question. Swapping the soured cream for yogurt will produce slightly different results due to taste and because soured cream has a higher fat content. However, it is possible to make a one-for-one swap.
    25th Apr, 2016
    Is there really supposed to be no egg in the sesame mix?
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