Sesame Seed Cake

Updated:Aug 24,2014 10:25 AM


Sesame seed cake is a kind of crispy baked snack stuffed with dried vegetable and fat pork that is popular in south Anhui.

Making sesame seed cake 201408241028071253_eqwG239t.jpg

Kneading, rolling and diving dough


Stuffing and sprinklint sesame seeds



Stories about sesame seed cake 

Life-saving cake

It's said when Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu Emperor of the Ming Dynasty enthroned in 1368) sought refuge from the enemy in a farmer's home in Huizhou, he was starving. The farmer took out his favorite snake—sesame seed cakes to Zhu Yuanzhang, and he was obsessed with the good taste. He still remembered the kindness of the farmer after he ascended the throne, and honored the cake as life-saving cake.


Emperor seal cake

When Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty took his first voyage to the south, Jiang Chun, a rich merchant from Huizhou was responsible for the reception. He presented tea together with sesame seed cakes to welcome the distinguished guest coming all the way from the capital. After taking the tea and the tasty snake, the emperor got refreshed and delighted. So he named it "Emperor seal cake".