Vanilla and tahini cupcakes & transporting them safely!

vanilla tahini cupcakes

This post is in collaboration with Packqueen. All opinions are my own. 

Hihihihi! Today we’re discussing delicious cupcakes, proud cupcake delivering moments and a baking fail (have you ever had one of those?! Ah!)

I have made a conscious effort to improve my baking skills and I have finally made something I am sooperdooper proud of, woo! I have never been much of an amazing baker but I followed a fantastic recipe and my faith has been restored. They don’t look like they were baked by a 7 year old, they tasted wonderful and there were no disasters. In my mind, that’s the epitome of baking success. 

vanilla tahini cupcakes

Why the baking trauma, you may ask? Let me tell you a story, we’ll call it the mars bar cupcake incident of 2011.

One sunny day, a long time ago there once was a girl who lived in Melbourne. She was feeling very generous and decided to bake a tonne of Mars bar cupcakes and take them into her place of work. The aim was to create such a delicious cupcake her colleagues couldn’t refuse and sell them all, to raise money for Movember.

vanilla tahini cupcakes

She melted mars bars and butter into a gooey icing (basically a sin) and dipped fluffy vanilla cupcakes in the icing mix. A few may have been eaten.. the rest went into the fridge overnight. When it came time to transport the cupcakes to work, she only had a large plastic container so the girl piled them up, layer upon layer and jumped onto a carriage tram. 

vanilla tahini cupcakes

What happened next was a disaster. The icing softened, the semi-melted Mars bar and butter icing became greasy, slippery and sticky – not good news. There was a cupcake massacre going on inside a box in her hands and she had no way to stop it. 

tahini cupcake recipe

She arrived at work, with delicious but ugly cupcakes. Lucky her co workers weren’t superficial and still bought them but the whole event could have been avoided if she had thought about her cupcake transportation prior and chosen a transport friendly receptacle. 

Since the said mars bar cupcake incident of 2011, transporting frosted goods to co-workers has not even crossed my mind, until I found about Packqueen‘s food packaging. Oops.. I ruined the secret.. that girl was me. 


When the opportunity to work with Packqueen arose, so did my desire to successfully transport cupcakes so I took on the challenge.. to take 24 iced cupcakes into work. 

I picked a wonderful recipe inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, Molly Yeh and decided to make her tahini cupcakes. Yes, these cupcakes may look ordinary and chocolate-y however there is some tahini goodness in there. The recipe is really simple and the cupcake decorating is not intimidating, I promise.

Experienced bakers are probably rolling their eyes at me but honestly, guys, this would have frightened the begitters out of me at one point! 

tahini cupcake recipe

I spent one gloomy Sunday afternoon baking away, intensely following the recipe and sneaking a cupcake or two and I was so proud when they turned out okay, I couldn’t wait to take them to work. As you can see, they fit perfectly into the Packqueen cupcake boxes below. The boxes arrived in no time, flat packed and simple to assemble. 


They cardboard is strong and the boxes are quality so they can be used for multiple uses, I even wiped the icing off from a few that I dropped at work *only human* and they are packed away, ready for the next time I need to transport food anywhere. They even have macaroon boxes but I’ll leave the macaroon making up to Molly. 

I did have my eye on some other stuff like the noodle boxes and cake boxes, because one time I transported a cake to a birthday dinner with a dinner plate and some plastic wrap and that was equally as bad time as the mars bar incident. These mini Autumn roasted root vegetable frittata’s would be just perfect.

Packqueen, thank you! Check out their Facebook to keep up to date. 


Have you had any troubles transporting food? I’d love to hear your mishaps in the comments below. Is that a little weird? Yes. Do I still want to her them? Yes. 

Have a wonderful day, Bec xx

Vanilla and tahini cupcakes
Yields 24
Deliciously nutty vanilla chocolate cupcakes with a tahini batter and a sprinkle & coconut swirl
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  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 2 cups plain flour
  3. 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 cup buttermilk
  8. 1 tb vanilla extract
  9. 2 tb flavorless oil, like canola
  10. 4 tb tahini
  11. 3/4 cup water
For the icing
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/4 cup tahini
  3. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 2 cups icing sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. a decent pinch of salt
  7. a pinch of cinnamon
  8. shredded coconut (if desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 175 deg cel. Line and grease two cupcake pans, insert cupcake papers and set them aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, oil, and tahini.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Stir in the water. Pour into cupcake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre of one comes out clean. Begin checking for doneness at 18 minutes.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes in the pans and then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully.
  1. Beat together the butter and tahini using an electric mixer or whisk. Beat in the cocoa powder, and then the powdered sugar.
  2. Add vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Taste and make adjustments as desired.
  3. Frost your cupcakes, I used a spatula but you can use a butter knife.
  4. Add sprinkles and/or coconut, and enjoy!
Adapted from My name is Yeh
Adapted from My name is Yeh

(30) Comments

  1. Ebony says:

    Oh wow, these sound delicious! Do you think they would still work if I perhaps used a bit less sugar?

    1. Absolutely. I always half the sugar and some times not even include the sugar at all!!!

  2. I once transported a beautiful homemade birthday cake in the tube of London. At the end of the journey my chocolate cake was still kind of intact, I carried it with me like if it was a few days old baby. Knowing that I had to transport it to the other side of the city I did not make any particular cake decoration though 🙂 The cupcake box is definitely a good idea!

    1. I totally understand the new born baby carrying steeze!! xx

  3. Oh such clever boxes! I haven’t had many total disasters but i tend to be all practical about taking things with me and end up making boring things (cookies are a little boring compared with cupcakes!)

    1. Cookies are never ever ever bad.

  4. Tahini in a cupcake…I am intrigued! Will have to try these.

    1. It’s almost peanut buttery ish!

  5. Never in a million years would I have though to have put vanilla and tahini together. Yum. I am desperate to try these for myself now xx

    1. It’s fantastic. Almost peanut buttery and chocolatey

  6. I bought a cupcake mover from target for about $20 and it changed my life!! Makes it so easy to move things, though these look a lot nice to move them around in.

    1. It makes such a difference hey!!

  7. These look delicious and definitely going on my todo list!

    1. Thanks Bianca! They were great x

  8. I tried to transport a two tiered baby shower cake with buttercream icing once. It was a 38 degree day. Needless to say it didn’t go well.

    1. I am imagining it right now! x

  9. Tahini in cupcakes is brilliant! Aside from halva I always think of tahini as a savoury thing. I’ll definitely be making these!

    1. Me too! I have been seeing tahini on toast with caramel and strawberries and tahini in everything sweet lately, totally changed my perspective. x

  10. I hear you, cupcakes are a pain int he butt to transport. These look so adorable, glad you found a way to avoid ruining them.

    1. Can be a mini nightmare which is ironic when cupcakes bring such happiness, right?! Thanks Malinda xx

  11. As an avid cupcake baker, I completely feel your pain. I always gift leftover cupcakes to workmates/boyfriends/friends and they always arrive a total mess. The only evidence I have of being a competent decorator is on my blog! I definitely will have to invest in some of these boxes

    1. And you’re fantastic at baking!!! Those goodies need to be shared around x

  12. Seriously gorgeous cupcakes Bec! I just want to eat them all up. I totally need these boxes too, I have virtually no transportation for my baked goods. I’ve found layer cakes to be the worst, they are so tall, none of my tupperware fits and the gladwrap always gets all tangled in the icing.

    1. Thank you! Yes layer cakes can be really difficult.. I have never made a tall cake for that reason. xx

  13. I’m sorry but I did laugh a little reading your story! I can relate, years ago I volunteered to make a cheesecake for a morning tea we were having at work. The cheesecake turned out well but the only problem was I sat the plate on the floor of my car – directly under the heat vent and it was the middle of winter and traffic was particularly bad that day and it took over an hour to get to work. We did manage to salvage a piece or two but the rest was melted mess.
    Love the cupcake boxes, such a brilliant idea!

    1. Cheesecake disaster!! The good thing is you learn for next time and it’s a funny story to tell. I hope the clean up wasn’t too difficult x

  14. Your cupcakes look perfection. I have really bad cupcake karma too. Every time I try, they look like a young child has had it’s first bake off (and failed.) I take A LOT of baked goods to work and am often transporting deliciousness across the city. I have one of those big square plastic cake containers which has an lift out inside bit which is perfect for larger cakes. I also have a muffin/cupcake carrier and although it serves it’s purpose, it’s quite big and bulky. These Packqueen boxes look ace, I’m definitely going to have to check them out! Just for the record, the Mars Bar cupcakes might not have looked crash hot, but they sound mars-vellous!

    1. They were mars-vellous (bam!). You sound like you know what you’re doing when transporting baked goods! I need to take a leaf out of your book x

  15. These are super cute I love the tahini addition. I regularly have transporting mishaps usually with my packed lunches leaking in my work bag. Its not a transporting issue but I also often forget the correct cutlery, I take a fork when Ive got soup so annoying.

    1. I have eaten yoghurt with a knife and spaghetti with a spoon – I totally get it! xxx

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