• These black sesame whoopie pies, also known as black sesame cemetery spiders, are the perfect sweet treat for Halloween. Inspired by a well-known fairy tale, this spooktacular Halloween dessert with leave your loved ones screaming for more! 

    Black sesame whoopie pies

    Serves: 20
    Cooking Time: 1 hr


    • 125g butter, softened
    • 85g brown sugar
    • 80g castor sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • few drops black gel food colouring
    • 185g cake flour, sifted
    • 60ml (¼ cup) cocoa powder, sifted
    • 2,5ml (½ tsp) baking powder
    • black sesame seeds, to sprinkle
    • Filling

    • 60g butter, softened
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) tahini (sesame) paste
    • 15ml (1 tbsp) milk
    • 140g icing sugar, sifted
    • few drops black gel food colouring

    • liquorice cables, to assemble



    Preheat the oven to 150°C and grease and line two large baking sheets.


    Cream the 125g butter and sugars together until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. Add the black gel food colouring to your preference and mix to combine. Add the flour, cocoa and baking powder and mix until combined. Spoon teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking sheets, then sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Flatten slightly and bake in the oven, 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on wire racks to cool.


    For the filling, place the 60g butter, tahini, milk and icing sugar in a mixer and whip until light and fluffy. Add the black gel food colouring to your preference. Place the frosting in a piping bag, snip off the tip and sandwich the whoopie pies together.


    Cut the liquorice into strips and insert the legs into each spider while the buttercream is still soft.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com