Marbled Black Sesame Japanese Cheesecake

A few months ago, I had an order of 6 carrot cakes. So I bought a whole pack (2kg of cream cheese) because it’s just cheaper to buy in bulk, right? Though I don’t actually need to use so much cream cheese. But anyway, extra means I get to bake cheesecakes! Initially I wanted to bake a dense cheesecake but I wasn’t sure what was I thinking that day, I baked a Japanese Cotton cheesecake instead. So since I’ve done the original one, a matcha one (Oh, I haven’t posted it up eh?) I thought I’d continue and do another Japanese flavour inspired one. Black sesame it is then. But instead of having a whole Black piece of cake, I marbled it. It looks pretty, like yin and yang.

I really like the smokey, nutty and sweet flavour of black sesame. I mean, you can see from this, this and this.. Lol, overused ingredient Haha..

Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

(makes 8? round cake)

140g fine granulated sugar
6 egg whites
6 egg yolks
1/4 tsp cream of tartar or lemon juice
50g butter
250g cream cheese
100ml fresh milk
80g black sesame paste
2 tbsp of toasted black sesame seeds
60g cake flour (can also use plain flour)
20g corn flour
1/4 tsp salt

1. Melt cream cheese, butter, half of the milk, vanilla seeds and pod, over a double boiler. In another bowl, mix the remaining milk and black sesame paste. Whisk it well so it becomes a smooth paste. (May need to heat over double boiler to soften it) Strain the mixture through a sieve just to make sure there are no lumps of cream cheese. Cool the mixture. Fold the first cream cheese mixture in the flour, the cornflour, salt, egg yolks, lemon zest and mix well. Divide the mixture to 2 bowls, add the black sesame paste on another. So now you have 2 bowls, 1 plain and 1 with black sesame.

2. Whisk egg whites with cream of tartar or lemon juice until foamy. Add in the sugar and whisk until soft peaks form. To prevent large holes, do not whisk egg whites at the fastest speed. Use a moderate speed to achieve soft peaks (and tiny bubbles).Divide the meringue into half as well (Just eyeball it)

3. Add the cheese mixture and toasted black sesame seeds to the egg white mixture and fold well for both. Lightly grease and line the bottom and sides of the pan; make sure the paper is 1.5 inch higher than the pan as the cake will rise pretty high if u’ve done it right, with greaseproof baking paper or parchment paper). Wrap the base of your cake tin with aluminium foil if you are using a springform tin, to prevent seepage.  Pour half of plain cream cheese mixture into a 8-inch round cake pan, dollop half of the black sesame cream cheese mixture sparingly. Then add in the remaining of both. Use a skewer to draw figures of 8 around, in the cake pan .Cover the top of the cake loosely with an aluminium sheet.

4. Bake cheesecake in a water bath for 1 hour 10 mins or until set and golden brown at 160°C. Remove the aluminium sheet after 50 minutes of baking.

5. Leave to cool in oven with door ajar, about 30mins to 1 hour. Sudden changes in temperature may cause the cake to cool too quickly and collapse.





20 Comments on Marbled Black Sesame Japanese Cheesecake

  1. Jasmine says:

    this look so lovely! (: nice try! (:

  2. Good idea this. My previous three attempts on JCC was not successful. Love the addition of the seeds into the cake.

  3. wendyywy says:

    Are u using the large jar of sesame paste you bought from a food expo some time ago?
    I wonder if that taste the same as homemade ones.

    • Swee San says:

      Wendy, yup. long lasting jar of paste. Hopefully this year I’ll be able to buy another bottle.
      Not sure how homemade ones taste cause I never bother to make my own when convenience is just in a jar 😉

  4. Mine aaa… all the time collapse when cooling off. First time my fault, brought out of the oven immediately. Second time reduced temp last 10 minutes of cooking, once the temp went down the cake collapsed. Third time I opened the oven to remove the water bath, it collapsed again.

  5. Hmm, sound so good with black sesame aroma, must try one day but don’t know when, a long waiting list to try, hehehe..Next time call me if you have excess cream cheese, i can buy some from you lo..

  6. Amelia says:

    Yum yum delicious cake, so cottony

  7. Su-yin says:

    This looks FANTASTIC. I am definitely making this soon, I have another tub of cream cheese in the fridge! 😉

  8. I love Japanese cotton cheesecake. The texture is out of this world! And I also love black sesame things, I adore the nutty aroma they provide. I’ve bookmarked this page and can’t wait to try it!

  9. I love how light Japanese cheesecake is and you’ve only made it better with the addition of black sesame one of my fav ingredients!

  10. lena says:

    hi, how are you? i can really see how soft it is, it’s really special with black sesame!btw, after your blogmakeover, i find that it’s so much easier to assess..very much faster!

  11. Looks Yummy! 🙂 Nice one!!

  12. bakeanything says:

    This looks so awesome! Great idea on the marble cheesecake!

  13. Baby Sumo says:

    I also bought lots of cream cheese the other day, cos like you, I thought it’s cheaper to buy in bulk. May try making this since my mum likes black sesame and it looks so beautiful.

  14. michiru says:


    First of all it looks very delicious this cottoncake.

    However I find the recipe a bit confusing. For instance you said we should add vanilla pod and lemon zest but you don’t state it in the ingredient list. Also it’s kinda unclear to me which mixture to add to another mixture.

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