Aniseed Ring Cakes

If you love aniseed rings and want to use these fantastic sweets as an inspiration for your baking, these anise ring cakes are the perfect option for you. These crunchy cakes are almost cookie like and have the delicious aniseed flavour of your favourite sweet.

While they don’t need any adornment as they look fantastic, if you are feeling particularly indulgent, you could decorate with chocolate aniseed rings or sugar aniseed rings according to your preference. The combination of dark chocolate rings with these cakes is particularly tasty.


200 grams flour

Three tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin works best)

50 grams of caster sugar

One teaspoon anise seeds

50 millilitres of white wine (this could be substituted for apple juice if you prefer to use no alcohol.


Preheat your oven to 160ºc and line baking sheets with silicone sheets or baking parchment.

Combine the sugar and flour and mix in the oil and white wine. Knead the mixture until it is smooth. Sprinkle the anise seeds over the dough and work in so they are evenly distributed. Divide the dough into three and roll each portion into a rope shape. Wrap the rope into small rings, using your finger to shape them. Press the ends together to secure each ring. Repeat until all of your dough has been shaped.

Arrange the rings on your baking sheet and bake for approximately ten minutes. The finished rings should be crunchy and a golden brown colour.

Serving Suggestions:

Baked as per the recipe, these cakes make an excellent dinner party dessert served with coffee. They are not overly sweet, so they are particularly popular with diners who don’t particularly like sickly sweet desserts. You can also use them served with ice cream. They make an excellent complement to a rich vanilla ice cream, but you could experiment with different ice cream flavours to see which you prefer. Just remember that anise is a distinct flavour that may not work well with some traditional ice cream flavours. However, you will find that the anise flavour elevates the intensity of chocolate ice cream, making it a truly dreamy dessert.

If you are making them for the whole family, using aniseed rings to decorate can make them have even more appeal. You can press chocolate aniseed rings into the dough before baking to create a pattern. Since the aniseed rings will be baked, they will not stay in a ring shape, but they can create an interesting texture on each of the cakes. If you use sugar aniseed rings, the sugar and sweet will melt, creating an interesting contrast of textures on the top of each cake.

If you love aniseed rings, you should speak to us. At Funworks, we have an amazing selection of traditional sweets including chocolate aniseed rings and sugar aniseed rings. We can also arrange for bulk orders aniseed rings, so you have plenty to snack on and use in your recipe creations. Our team are here to answer any queries and help you to find the perfect sweet treat for any special occasion.


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