Black licorice. Much like coconut you are other in or out. And let me tell you…I am ALL in for black licorice! Not “dipping my toe in the kiddie pool but full-on cannonball off the diving board into the deep end” kind of in. With my deep love of black licorice, it’s only natural to fall head over heels in love with a man who, too, adores all things anise. And it only seemed fitting to create a Black Licorice Cake for his birthday!
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Black Licorice Cake Flavor Inspiration
While we don’t do extravagant birthdays in my family we most certainly make a day of it. Said birthday person gets to choose each meal that day which typically means some combination of cereal, McDonald’s, and/or pizza when it’s one of the girls’ birthdays. And they most certainly get to choose what flavor of cake they get. This year, my husband asked for an all-sorts-inspired black licorice cake.
Now here’s the slightly tricky part: all-sorts, while totally delicious are a bit indistinct. Or maybe perhaps it’s my palette, but it all kinda tastes like fruity black licorice or chocolate black licorice. Seeing as how my husband is not a chocolate guy, I went the fruity route. Raspberry and orange to be exact.
Raspberry Cake Filling
We have a giant raspberry patch in our backyard and picked a ridiculous amount this summer. My freezer is loaded with them! The best part of this raspberry filling is that you can use either fresh or frozen raspberries so no matter the season (it’s currently snowing in October as I write this) you can have raspberry filling in 10 minutes. I generally make a double batch and serve it with homemade waffles for breakfast the next day. Yum!
I kept the filling quite tart as the whipped dairy-free orange buttercream is sweet and they balance one another out. The buttercream is my basic vanilla frosting with some added orange emulsion. Feel free to swap out the emulsion for extract and if you don’t have emulsion or extract you can use ½ cup of orange marmalade instead. Keeping things as easy as possible around here folks.
Maybe black licorice is a bit out there for you. Let’s start at the basics and give this Vanilla Cake recipe a try. Or if you enjoy fresh berries, this Chocolate Berry Cake might be up your alley.