Anisette Cake – A Fruity and Refreshing Treat

Anisette cake is sure to tantalize your taste buds with its unique combination of sweet, citrusy, and herbal flavors. This traditional Italian cake, which calls for anisette liqueur, is the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

The anisette liqueur, made from anise seeds, gives the cake its distinct flavor, a flavor that promises to leave your palate tingling with delight. In addition to this intriguing liqueur, the cake also combines citrus elements, like Lemons and Oranges, with a hint of almond extract, giving it a hint of nuttiness.

The cake’s creator, Italian-born pastry chef Maria Pina, told the story of how she created the recipe. “One day, I was experimenting in the kitchen and happened upon a novel combination of ingredients. I wanted to see how the anisette liqueur would taste in a cake form, and voila, Anisette Cake was born!”


– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 2/3 cup anisette liqueur
– 1 teaspoon lemon zest
– 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
– 1 teaspoon almond extract
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and flour an 8 or 9 inch round or square cake pan.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and oil together until combined.

3. Add the anisette, lemon zest, orange juice, and almond extract and mix until combined.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Allow the cake to cool slightly before serving.

Enjoy this fruity, refreshing Anisette Cake with a cup of espresso for an indulgent treat. While Anisette Cake is perfect as-is, you may also want to sift confectioners’ sugar or top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream for an extra-special treat. Check out some of our other tasty cake recipes, such as Lemon Ricotta Cake or Pignoli Cake, that feature unique cultural influences and delicious flavors.