Vegan Spiced Tahini and Orange Cake aka Tahinopita

Vegan Spiced Tahini and Orange Cake aka Tahinopita

My daughter has started going through a fussy toddler eating stage. It’s not that she doesn’t like the flavours, it’s because she’s defying me and just wants to be stubborn.

The one thing she will eat though is cake.

So everything that comes out of our kitchen is now called cake.

Savoury quiche for dinner? We’re having “ham cake” for dinner tonight! Hooray!

Breakfast? “It’s tomato and cheese omelette cake” Hooray!

After saying the word cake 3 times a day for the last week, I actually woke up with a craving of cake today but couldn’t be bothered to venture outdoors. With no eggs or milk left in the fridge, I started trawling the internet for vegan recipes and came across this beauty. Tahinopita, a Greek tahini cake that is completely vegan and uses no fat, except for the natural oils found in tahini. Hooray!

This cake is not overly sweet. It is however quite dense and a stick to your teeth kind of cake. The tahini flavour is quite dominant but the subtle orange zest does shine through. Perfect with a cup of tea for breakfast!

Vegan Spiced Tahini and Orange Cake aka Tahinopita

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ¼ cups plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon oil to grease the cake pan

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease your cake pan of choice

Before you pour a cup of tahini, be sure to use a spoon and give the jar a good mix. Beat tahini, sugar and orange zest for 3-4 minutes until fluffy on a high speed. Gradually and slowly add the orange juice until all combined and smooth.



Meanwhile sift together all the dry ingredients and fold into the tahini mix


The mix will be quite dense and not at all like a traditional cake batter. Pour it into you pre-greased tin and bake for 40 minutes. Let the cake cool down before you remove it from the tin.

Pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy.



44 thoughts on “Vegan Spiced Tahini and Orange Cake aka Tahinopita

  1. Cake for breakfast is always a good thing – and yours looks like it would be especially good. When you say a “fussy toddler eating stage”, you do know it can last don’t you? My daughter is now 13 and still hasn’t grown out of the “fussy toddler eating stage”… good luck!

  2. Love it! We have gone through the “cake” stage quite a few times! One of our sons is becoming a passionate hunter and he is going through a picky stage…we have explained to him several times that hunters eat all sorts of foods…even green things 🙂

  3. Lisa, you cracked me up. I can just hear your daughter, years from now, telling her friends that you were “the best Mum ever!” Feeding her cake every day. 🙂 You Mums have to do whatever it takes to get your kids to eat properly, even if it means serving “cake” 3 times a day, every day.
    I tell you, though, this one does sound good — and vegan, too? Wonderful!

  4. what a woman your daughter will grow up to be.ake for every meal! bring it on!
    is tahini a common baking ingredient? i’ve never heard of cake with tahini in it, but maybe i’m livign a sheltered life here…

    • Its not at all a common baking ingredient! LOL! It’s a Middle Eastern specialty of crushed sesame seeds. Once you grind sesame seeds, it starts to become a paste, and the oils come out, just like making peanut butter from scratch. It has a very nutty flavour and is traditionally added to hummus and other dips 🙂

  5. That is hilarious Lisa. I love tahini and this looks too easy – I might even be able to get away with using rice flour maybe I think. I’ll give it a go and let you know!

  6. I do love the everything is cake idea, fab! And this particularly cakey cake looks wonderful, loving the flower garnish too – is it nasturtium?

  7. That cake looks yummy and quite dense. How ingenious that it calls for tahini! Ah yes, those stubborn days… they don’t go away completely you know. My 10 year-old comes up with the oddest comments at times. She doesn’t like something and I’ll say, “But you ate it the last time I made it.” And she’ll reply, “Well, I don’t like it anymore!”.

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