Citrus and black sesame pound cake {vegan}

Citrus and black sesame pound cake {vegan} - Marta's Plants

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Happy Monday!

I am beyond excited to share with you the recipe for this vegan citrus + black sesame pound cake!!! I was very surprised when I took it out of the oven and sliced it (after letting it cool!), it just looked so perfect, I was in awe! (as you may guess, it doesn’t happen that often…)

Just like citrus + chocolate, I think citrus + black sesame is a delicious match.

I hope you’ll get the chance to make it, happy baking!

Citrus and black sesame pound cake {vegan} - Marta's Plants

by Marta Giaccone

yields one 24cm/9,4in pound cake
prep time: 15 min, cook time: 50 min, total: 1 hr 5 mins


2 + ¼ cups / 400 gr flour of choice
2 tsp / 8 gr baking powder
2 tsp / 8 gr baking soda
½ cup / 110 gr sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp turmeric
pinch salt
3 tsp / 12 gr flax meal or ground flax seeds
1 cup / 250 ml plant-based milk
grated zest of 2 oranges
grated zest of 2 lemons
½ cup / 125 ml orange juice
¼ cup / 60 ml lemon juice
½ cup / 125 ml light oil
seeds from 1 vanilla pod
generous handful black sesame seeds
1 tbsp black tahini (find recipe here)
3 tbsp maple syrup (or other sweetener)

Citrus and black sesame pound cake {vegan} - Marta's Plants


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/375°F.
  2. Line a pound cake pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl add flax meal and milk, stir and let sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl sift and mix all of the dry ingredients (flour to salt).
  5. Add in orange and lemon zest and juice, oil, vanilla, mix thoroughly, then add the flax/milk mixture, mix, and, finally, fold in the sesame seeds.
  6. Pour batter in the cake pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a clean knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Transfer onto a cooling rack and let cool for about 30 minutes, then remove from the pan, let cool again until it reaches room temperature or cold.
  8. In the meantime mix black tahini and maple syrup. Drizzle over cake once cooled.
  9. Store at room temperature (or in the fridge), covered. It will keep for a few days.

Citrus and black sesame pound cake {vegan} - Marta's Plants

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