Hidden Centre Liquorice Muffins
1 hr 10 min.
ready in 1 hr 40 min.
- For the cupcakes
- ⅞ cup milk
- 4 Star anise
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ⅔ cup superfine caster sugar
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 ½ cups self-rising flour (sifted)
- ½ tsp Baking powder
- 6 square assortment Licorice (halved & chilled)
- For the frosting
- ⅔ cup unsalted butter
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- yellow Food coloring
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For the cupcakes: heat the milk and star anise in a pan and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 180°C (160° fan) 350°F gas 4. Grease a 12 hole deep bun or muffin tin.
Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs until blended. Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the mixture with the milk (discard the star anise), until well combined.
Spoon a little mixture into the tins and top with a liquorice allsort half. Cover completely with mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Beat the butter and icing sugar with an electric whisk until the texture is sandy, then add the milk, food colouring and vanilla. Whisk until light and fluffy.
Spoon into a piping bag and pipe a swirl on each cake.