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.


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

  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.

  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.

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

  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.

  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. 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.

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

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