Sesame Pound Cake Recipe

Sesame, commonly known as benne, is a flowering plant in the family Sesamum. There are many wild relatives in Africa, but less in India. It is farmed for its edible seeds, which grow in pods, and is widely naturalized in tropical areas around the world.

Sesame Pound Cake Recipe

The cake with seeds on it by Jane Finney has a satisfying crunch. This East Grand Forks, Minnesota, cook advises, "It's great garnished with fresh fruit."
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 391 kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 pic large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh fruit, optional


Nutrition Information:
  • 3g fat (13g saturated fat)
  • 136mg cholesterol
  • 400mg sodium
  • 41g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber)
  • 6g protein
Keyword Sesame Cake

Final Thought:

Some pound cake recipes date back to the 1700s, making them a very old type of cake. Because these recipes typically called for a pound of each component, it is traditionally made with just 4 ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Pound cakes have changed throughout the years as the recipe has been modified to meet the regional cooking methods of other nations, but they still rank among my favorite baked goods.

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