FoodDiscover the rich, savory secrets of Alibaba cake. An enchanting dessert recipe

Discover the rich, savory secrets of Alibaba cake. An enchanting dessert recipe

Alibaba Cake
Alibaba Cake
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5:29 PM EST, January 9, 2024

The Alibaba cake offers a true feast for the palate. Thanks to the inclusion of roasted sesame and tahini cream, this cake delivers a signature nutty sesame flavor that will intrigue and delight your taste buds.

How to Make Alibaba Cake


For the Cake:

  • 4 large eggs,
  • 3 cups of flour,
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa,
  • 1 cup of sugar,
  • 3 tablespoons of oil,
  • 1/2 cup of sesame,
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar,
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups of milk,
  • 1/2 cup of sugar,
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of potato starch,
  • 8.8 oz of vanilla halva,
  • 8.8 oz of butter,
  • 2 egg yolks.

For the Topping:

  • 2 bars of dark chocolate,
  • 3.5 oz of whipping cream.

Step-by-Step Cake Preparation:

1. Sesame Preparation

Begin by roasting the sesame seeds on a dry pan. Continuously stir until they achieve a light brown hue. Allow the sesame seeds to cool, and then blend them for a few seconds until they're finely chopped, but not crushed. Sesame seeds contain plant oils, so avoid excessive chopping as it may cause them to become sticky.

2. Cake Preparation

Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff, gradually adding sugar and whisking until the sugar dissolves. Next, mix in the yolks gently with a spatula. Carefully incorporate the sifted flour with baking powder and cocoa, followed by the chopped sesame, oil, and vinegar. Transfer the batter to a cake mold lined with baking paper and place it in a preheated oven. Bake at 347 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes until the cake is dry to the touch. Allow the cake to cool, then slice the cooled sponge into layers.

3. Filling Preparation

Initially, separate 1/2 cup of milk and combine it with the potato starch. Then, bring the remaining milk and sugar to a boil. Gradually add the starch mixture to the hot milk, consistently stirring until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and mix in the beaten yolks thoroughly. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming and allow it to cool.

Whisk the butter into a light, fluffy cream, then gradually add a spoonful of the cooled pudding and crumbled halva. Mix until well combined.

4. Assembling the Cake

Spread the filling between the cake layers and on the sides. Set the cake aside in the refrigerator until the filling sets. Then, pour over the dark chocolate topping. If desired, decorate the cake with chopped and roasted nuts, which perfectly complement the cake's flavor.

Now you're ready to savor this remarkable Alibaba cake with family and friends!

This cake is sure to impress not only with its distinct sesame flavor but also its creamy texture and nutty aroma. Try this recipe and surprise your loved ones. Enjoy!

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