Buttercream & Frosting, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Desserts, Gluten Free and/or Paleo

Licorice Chocolate Cupcakes {Gluten-Free}

December 2, 2011

When I walk into a baking supply store I’m like a kid in a candy store.  Cake pans, cupcake liners, food coloring, sprinkles, flavored oils, I want it all.  I can spend hours in those stores.

It’s funny because I always walk into a baking supply store intending to only purchase one or two items.  But I walk out purchasing much more than I needed, but with everything that I always wanted :).


On my last big store outing I picked up a bottle of Anise Oil.  Anise is a flavoring that tastes like licorice.  When it’s made into an oil it’s becomes very concentrated and potent.  It comes in a small bottle and a little bit goes a long way.


When I was brainstorming ideas on how to bake with Anise, I immediately knew I wanted to combine it with chocolate.  With the flavor being so powerful, the chocolate would settle the flavor and be the perfect compliment.  So I created a Chocolate Cupcake with a Fluffy Seven Minute Anise Frosting – What I call Licorice Chocolate Cupcakes.


I also decided to make the cupcakes Gluten-Free.  Almost all Licorice Candy is made with wheat so people who are Gluten-Free (like my sister-in-law) don’t get to enjoy Licorice.  But now they can!
These cupcakes exceeded they expectations.  They tasted exactly like Licorice {And mind-you I’m speaking about the flavor of real licorice, not the fake cherry flavored kind}.  The chocolate went perfectly with the Licorice Flavor.  The flavors melded together and didn’t overpower each other.  
After I topped off the cupcakes with the Fluffy Seven Minute Anise Frosting I thought they needed an extra.  So I topped the cupcakes with cute Licorice Allsorts.  They added a pop of color and also told everyone that they were Licorice flavored cupcakes.  
*Please note that most allsorts are NOT Gluten-Free.  Please check the label before you add them to your Gluten Free Cupcakes and serve these cupcakes to people to have Gluten allergies.  You can always just add cute sprinkles on top as a replacement for the allsorts.  Or if you are making these cupcakes as normal, non Gluten-Free cupcakes, just add the allsorts and don’t worry.
I hope you enjoy these cupcakes!
I’m coming back on Monday with the beginning of my Christmas recipes.  Starting then I will show you recipes {everyday!} that will be perfect for your Christmas dessert table or to give as homemade Christmas gifts.  See you then :).

Licorice Chocolate Cupcakes {Gluten-Free} 
For Printable Recipe, Click here!
Makes: About 24 cupcakes
For the Chocolate Cupcakes
2 cups Sugar
1 ¾ cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (Normal All Purpose Flour will sub-out perfectly to make non-Gluten Free Cupcakes)
¾ cup Cocoa Powder
1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
1 ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
1 cup Milk
½ cup Olive Oil
2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup Boiling Water
Licorice Seven Minute Frosting*
1 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Water
3 Egg Whites
¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ teaspoon Anise Oil
* Do not make this frosting ahead of time.  It needs to be used immediately. 
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven the 350 degrees F.  Place cupcake liners in two cupcake pans.  Set aside until needed.
In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs, milk, olive oil, and vanilla.  With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until it is fully incorporated, scraping down the bowl as necessary.  Add the boiling water and mix until the batter is smooth.  Don’t worry if your batter is watery – it is supposed to be thin.
Using an ice cream scoop, pour the batter into the cupcake liners.  Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into a couple of cupcakes comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes.  Allow the cupcakes to cool in a pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling, make the Licorice Seven Minute Frosting.  In a large, heatproof bowl (I used the bowl of my stand mixer), combine the sugar, water, egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt.  Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk constantly (using a hand held mixer works best) until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
Add the vanilla and anise oil to the mixture and then transfer the bowl to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk, gradually increasing in speed until the frosting becomes light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
To frost the cupcakes, place the frosting in a piping bag fitted with your favorite piping tip (I used a closed star tip).  Pipe the frosting in a circular motion onto each cupcake.  Serve and Enjoy!
These cupcakes only last up to 24 hours in a sealed container.  Any longer and the frosting will be sticky and not fluffy.
Cake recipe adapted from Annie EatsFrosting recipe from Joy the Baker, who got it from Epicurious. 


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  • Christy December 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I’ve been missing licorice so much! So this is an exciting recipe. I was so glad you wrote that the allsorts might not be g-free. I know some are, but I have yet to spot some. Thanks for the post!

  • Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} December 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Love these!  Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!

  • KimBee December 3, 2011 at 5:20 am

    These look so delicious. My Dad loved those licorice. Never thought to put them on a cupcake. You always have such wonderful recipes and ideas. 

  • Hayley Watson December 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Licorice is not my thing… not by a long shot. But for those who like it I’m sure they’d really go for it in cupcake form! As always, Krissy, your photos are beautiful and these look esthetically gorgeous!

  • Sandra December 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Very pretty and very creative. There aren’t many sweet treats that have anise in the list of ingredients. Good for you!

  • Kiri W. December 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    This is such an intriguing recipe! I don’t like licorice, but my in-laws would go crazy for this! Very creative 🙂

  • Melissa Maruca December 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    These look really pretty! Not really into gluten-free stuff or licorice BUT because they’re so pretty I’d have one 😉

  • Krissy's Creations December 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Hayley!  I did change the comment section of my blog.  To change it back to Halo, just use the Guest comment section.  Hope that helps 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations December 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone!  Many people tend not to like the flavor of Licorice but I really think the natural flavor really shines in these cupcakes :).  Enjoy!

  • Innkeeper Seely December 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    do you have a source for gluten free allsorts?

  • bryn December 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

    This is a great recipe. I love licorice, and I have been yearning for licorice all sorts, too. Anyone know a recipe to make them? I would kill for a handful of gluten-free licorice all sorts!