Toasted Sesame Root Beer Cake

Toasted Sesame Root Beer Cake

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes


14 people

Use micro-brewed root beer to add vanilla and ginger undertones to this easy glazed cake. It pairs perfectly with the delicate nuttiness and crunch of toasted sesame seed.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick


  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sesame Seed, Toasted or 2 tablespoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sesame Seed, toasted
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) micro-brewed root beer, divided
  • 1 package (18 1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12-cup Bundt pan. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon of the sesame seed. Pour 1/3 cup of the root beer into 1-quart saucepan. Set aside.
  • 2 Prepare cake mix as directed on package using remaining root beer in place of the water and adding remaining 1 tablespoon sesame seed to the batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • 3 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack. Cool completely.
  • 4 Meanwhile, bring root beer in saucepan to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until reduced by half (2 to 3 tablespoons). Cool to room temperature. Mix confectioners’ sugar and 4 to 5 teaspoons of the reduced root beer until glaze is of desired consistency. Immediately drizzle over cooled cake. Let stand until glaze is set.
  • 5 TIP: If using McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sesame Seed, first toast in a small skillet on medium heat 2 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting.


20 Sep 22

If you haven’t had pumpkin soup, you are missing a delightful dining experience. This savory soup is ideal for one of those first (…)

28 Aug 22

Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette of Little Donkey in Cambridge, Massachusetts, add miso to their addictive banana bread to give it a (…)

More TFC