Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Mini Black Licorice Cupcakes for Halloween

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: anise buttercream, black licorice cupcakes, halloween cupcake recipe
Servings: 48 mini cupcakes
Calories: 125kcal


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour not self-rising
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ¼ cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 teaspoons anise extract
  • ½ cup whole milk

Frosting Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons anise extract
  • ¾ teaspoon orange extract
  • Black licorice for topping cupcakes optional


Cupcake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add sugar, corn syrup, molasses, and butter and mix until fully combined.
  • In a small bowl, mix eggs, oil, sweetened condensed milk, and anise extract.
  • Add contents of small bowl to the medium-sized bowl and mix until just combined.
  • Add milk and mix until just combined.
  • Fill mini cupcake liners almost all the way to the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Frosting Directions:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat butter on high speed with an electric mixer for three minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  • Mix in extracts.
  • Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.
  • Optionally top cupcakes with black licorice pieces.


Note: If you prefer full-sized cupcakes, simply fill 24 full-sized liners and increase the baking time to 30 minutes.


Serving: 48g | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 3% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 3.4% | Iron: 1.2%