Guest chef

Chetna Makan

Trained as a fashion designer in Mumbai, we saw Chetna's creativity shine on Great British Bake Off. Chetna's book, The Cardamom Trail (Mitchell Beazley, £20), introduces colourful spices, aromatic herbs and other ingredients into traditional Western baked favourites.

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Black sesame and lime cake

  • Serves 8
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Total time 1 hr, plus cooling
5.0/5 rating (1 votes)
Black sesame and lime cake
Black sesame and lime cake

step by step

  • 1Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease a 900g (2lb) loaf tin and line it with baking paper.
  • 2In a small pan, dry-roast the sesame seeds for 2 minutes over a medium heat. Transfer to a mortar and crush them lightly with the pestle. Set aside. Combine the remaining cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric whisk for 2 minutes until the batter is light and creamy. Add the crushed sesame seeds.
  • This light, refreshing loaf cake uses oranges as well as limes to make it more citrusy. The black sesame seeds add flavour and a little crunch.
  • 3Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35–40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes away clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  • 4To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with the lime juice and zest to produce a runny paste. Spoon this mixture over the cake, then sprinkle some sesame seeds and lime rind strips on top to finish.
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    Recipe photograph by Nassima Rothacker

Get ahead

The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. The uniced cake can be frozen.

You will need

  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • finely grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 tbsp orange juice

For the icing and decoration

  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • finely grated zest of 1 lime and 2 tbsp lime juice
  • black sesame seeds, for sprinkling
  • fine strips of lime rind, for sprinkling

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