Licorice and Vanilla Cupcakes
Originally I made a Licorice cake for this licorice experiment, however it was a real flop so as a ‘take 2’ experiment I decided to use my ‘amazing and always fluffy’ cupcake recipe as the base and substitute the buttermilk with a licorice ‘syrup’.
My cupcake recipe is super quick to make so this attempt was relatively easy and with a little bit of taste testing along the way I was really happy with the end result.
I had quite a bit of the licorice syrup left over from the cupcakes so I decided to turn it into an icing to really make the a licorice flavour explode.
If you love licorice you will love this! The vanilla adds some lovely sweetness that compliments the licorice’s intense aniseed flavour.
- 750 ml milk
- 280g licorice
- 2 star anise
- 2 eggs
- 100g brown sugar
- 100g golden syrup
- 1 tsn ground star anise
- 1 tbsn vanilla essence
- 125ml oil
- 200g cake flour
- 1 + ½ tsn baking powder
- ½ tsn bi carbonate of soda
- ¼ tsn salt
- 120ml butter
- 2 tsn vanilla essence
- 40g golden syrup
- Pre heat the oven to 180c degrees and line an 18 cupcake tray with cupcake patties.
- Place the milk, star anise and licorice chopped up in a saucepan and heat on a high heat until boiling.
- Turn the heat to low and simmer, whisking with a hand whisk until the mix reduces down to 450ml.
- Remove the star anise and place the milk mix into a food processor to remove any undissolved pieces, leave aside to cool.
- Using electric beaters whisk the eggs for 2 minutes.
- Place 5 star anise into a pestle and mortar and grind until the star anise are to the consistency of flour.
- Add the sugar, 120g golden syrup, 1 tsn ground star anise and vanilla essence into the egg mix and beat with electric beaters until light and fluffy.
- Add the vegetable oil and beat until well combined.
- Add 150ml of the licorice syrup as well as the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt and beat on a low speed until just combine.
- Pour the mix into the cupcake patties and bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Set aside on a cooling rack until cool.
- To make the icing place the remaining licorice mix into a bowl with the butter, vanilla and golden syrup.
- Beat with electric beaters until smooth and creamy.
- Place the icing in a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing in the center of the cupcakes.
- I have decorated with some extra licorice.
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