Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts

These baked matcha doughnuts are dipped in matcha glaze and sprinkled with toasted black sesame seeds.

Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts (baked)

Have your matcha tea and eat it, too!

Of course the easiest way to have your matcha is making it into a tea (or latte), but I prefer to put in a little more effort and have my matcha in doughnut form.

Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts (baked)

My donut pans get used a lot.  Little did I know when I bought them three years ago that they’d be a staple in my kitchen.

Baked doughnuts are easier to make than muffins and cupcakes- AND less time consuming.  It takes about 13 minutes to bake a batch of these babies, where as cupcakes usually require about half an hour.

Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts (baked)

Maybe I should have called these double matcha doughnuts.  It’s a matcha cake doughnut dipped in matcha glaze.  I could call it triple matcha doughnuts if I could find some matcha sprinkles (do they exist?).

I love the slightly bitter yet lingering sweet taste of matcha.  I didn’t make the cake doughnuts too sweet because I knew the glaze would provide just the right amount of pop.

Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts (baked)

Be careful when glazing the doughnuts.  It can become one sweet, sticky mess.  Keep parchment paper underneath your wire rack to make for easy clean up.

I like to fully submerge the doughnut in the glaze.  Just glazing the top of the doughnut isn’t enough.  I want the entire doughnut to be encased in sweet matcha.

It takes about 10 minutes for the glaze to set.  Once the top is dry, flip it over and allow the other side to set. While this is not necessary (you could totally eat the doughnuts while the glaze is wet), it makes for easier transport and sharing.

Stacking wet glazed doughnuts one top of each other is a bit messy and I don’t have any tips on cleaning that up.

Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts (baked)

Once the glaze is completely dry, it turns into this matte green color.

My perfect afternoon would include a stack of these doughnuts, a really strong latte, and a couple free hours to read.

Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts

Have your matcha tea and eat it, too! These matcha cake doughnuts are dipped in matcha glaze and sprinkled with toasted black sesame seeds.

Yield: makes 8

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Matcha Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • black sesame seeds, as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease donut pan and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, matcha powder, and sugar. In another bowl combine egg, melted butter, sour cream, and milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until there are no longer any dry streaks of flour.

  3. Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Fill greased donut pan about 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 13-15 minutes until donuts have puffed up. Allow doughnuts to cool in pan for 2 minutes before unmolding. Allow cake doughnuts to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

  4. To make matcha glaze: whisk together confectioners' sugar, milk, and matcha powder. Dip cooled doughnuts into matcha glaze. Place dipped doughnuts on a wire rack and immediately sprinkle black sesame seeds. Allow glaze to set. Once top glaze is set, invert doughnuts to allow bottom to set.

Recipe Notes

I used this 6-cavity non-stick donut pan.

Black Sesame Matcha Doughnuts (baked)

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Jen @ baked by an Introvert

This is so creative, Maryanne! I love baked doughnuts and these sound so different but tasty! I have to try them!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Thanks Jen! Matcha and black sesame is one of my fav combos! :)

Leigha @ The Yooper Girl

So creative!!! I’m posting my matcha recipe tomorrow :) I’ve only used my doughnut pan once but you’re making me with I used it more! I still haven’t quite developed a taste for matcha.. I might have to try these though!

BEAUTIFUL pics as well!!

Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

You have my heart! Double matcha AND black sesame?! Are you letting them set so you can stack them on your way to my house? Also – matcha sprinkles?!?! WE MUST FIND THOSE!

Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

Yes, more matcha, the better! I prefer doughnuts that are completely covered in glaze, but I’m too impatient to do it myself. (I’d end up giving up and just dunking my doughnuts in glaze as I ate them!). And matcha sprinkles…. I think you need to make that a thing – stat!

Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

I adore matcha desserts and these donuts look absolutely amazing, Maryanne! I love that they aren’t too sweet too and the black sesame and glaze are perfect!


Ah you’re such a genius!!! I can’t get over what an amazing recipe this must be!


This looks creamy. I love matcha deserts. A must try! Thanks for sharing.

Joleen @ Joleen Cuisine

That also sounds like a perfect afternoon to me!! LOVE these matcha donuts. Using some tapioca rice flour would be an interesting twist on these donuts too!! Ever heard of Mister Donut? They make mochi donuts and they’re sooo good. Pinning this until I buy myself a donut pan.


These were super easy to make
and I loved the taste. I used my
electric mini donut maker and it was perfect..

Cindy @ A Uniquely Edible magic

I’ve made a couple of matcha doughnuts and toyed with the idea of a black sesame-matcha thing but have yet to realise it! Love this idea and the photos!

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