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Cupcakes in brown cases, black fondant, topped with liquorice allsorts
110Total Time
45Prep Time
25Bake Time

Liquorice cupcakes

Quick and easy

About the bake

Liquorice. Love or hate it, you can't deny Bassets Liquorice Allsorts bring a nostalgic childhood memory of pick n mix flooding back. 

These Liquorice Allsort cupcakes are bringing all the nostalgic feels and so easy and fun to bake with kids (young or old)

110Total Time
45Prep Time
25Bake Time


  1. 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. 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.

  3. Step 3:

    Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy then add the eggs on by one beating after each addition. Then add the vanilla extract.

  4. Step 4:

    Sieve in the flour and baking powder and then add the milk, having removed the star anise. Fold the mix together until combined. Then add the liquorice and stir in until evenly distributed.

  5. Step 5:

    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.

  6. Step 6:

    Roll out the black sugar paste on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar to a thickness of a £1 coin. Using a pastry cutter about the same size as the top of the cupcake, cut out circles of sugar paste.

  7. Step 7:

    Lightly brush the surface of the cakes with the warmed apricot jam then place the sugar paste discs on top. Decorate with the liquorice sweets.


  • For the cakes

    • 4 Star anise
    • 200ml Milk (whole)
    • 115g Butter (unsalted)
    • 150g Silver Spoon White Caster Sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 170g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 0.5 tsp Baking powder
    • 50g Liquorice (finely chopped)
    • 3 Egg(s) (free range) (medium)
  • For the decoration

    • 100g Black sugar paste icing
    • 2 tbsp Apricot Jam
    •  Liquorice sweets


  • 12 hole muffin tin
  • Cupcake case
  • Saucepan
  • Sieve
  • Spoon
  • Skewer
  • Cooling rack
  • Rolling pin
  • Round pastry cutter

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