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Three star anise cupcakes decorated with golden piped icing and topped with a liquorice sweet or star anise on top. Tried & Tested

White chocolate and star anise cupcakes

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These star anise cupcakes are made using a lovely aniseed flavoured spice traditionally used in Asian cooking. This beautiful looking star shaped spice also looks great as a decoration on top of the cakes.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:12
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 4 4 Star anise
  • 200ml 6⅞ fl oz Milk (whole)
  • 115g 4⅛ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 150g 5⅜ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • 120g 4¼ oz Self-raising white flour (we use Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • ½tsp ½tsp Baking powder
  • 50g 1⅞ oz White chocolate chips
  • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range)

For the topping

  • 500g 17⅝ oz Unrefined golden icing sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden icing sugar
  • 160g 5⅝ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 50ml 1¾ fl oz Milk (whole)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Pour the milk into a small saucepan and add the star anise, heat the milk until it’s just about boiling, stirring occasionally then remove from the heat before it boils. Leave to one side for the flavours to infuse for 30 minutes or longer.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200ml 6⅞ fl oz Milk (whole)
    • 4 4 Star anise
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.

    Ingredients for this step

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Add the eggs one by one beating after each addition. Then add the vanilla extract.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Sieve in the flour, baking powder and the milk, having removed the star anise. Add the white chocolate chips and fold the mix together until combined.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 120g 4¼ oz Self-raising white flour (we use Allinson) Self-raising white flour
    • ½tsp ½tsp Baking powder
    • 50g 1⅞ oz White chocolate chips
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. The leave to cool on a wire rack.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    To make the frosting place the icing sugar and butter in a large bowl and using a freestanding mixer or electric whisk, mix on slow speed until the texture is sandy, then add the milk and vanilla extract and turn the speed up, mixing until is light and fluffy.

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  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Use a piping bag to pipe the frosting onto the cakes, then decorate with some star anise or liquorice sweets to finish.