In my last post, I asked you to guess which flavor of licorice I’d be using in my licorice cupcakes. The answer is black licorice! Black licorice is a love it or hate it flavor and I saw some strong opinions about it in the contest comments. Even if you fall into the “hate it” category, I hope you’ll consider giving these black licorice cupcakes a try. Flavors taste different in different formats. Some people enjoy bananas, but can’t stand banana bread; others detest tomatoes and adore tomato sauce. Likewise, several anti-licorice tasters raved about my licorice cupcakes.
Before I developed the licorice cupcake recipe, I made homemade black licorice to see firsthand how to achieve the distinct flavor of black licorice. (I didn’t post about the candy itself because I wasn’t able to get the texture quite right. If I master it, I’ll share it.) The black licorice recipe was made using dark corn syrup, molasses, and anise extract, so I used those same ingredients in my black licorice cupcakes. It worked! The cupcakes truly taste like a cupcake form of black licorice.