Spiced Orange Sponges with Whisky Buttercream

DessertServes 3

Give your weekend baking a boozy kick with these Spiced Orange Sponges with Whisky Buttercream from Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil. Using their Cold Pressed Oil these simple sponges are filled with winter spice flavours and make the perfect teatime treat. For more recipe inspiration and to buy online visit www.yorkshirerapeseedoil.co.uk  


For the cakes

75ml Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil

75ml milk

2 medium free range eggs

150g self raising flour

75g golden caster sugar

75g soft brown sugar

1 tbsp golden syrup

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

Pinch of ground cloves

Juice and zest of ½ an orange

For the Buttercream

125g salted butter, softened

150g icing sugar

1 tbsp whisky

To serve

Zest of ½ an orange


  1. Preheat your oven to 190C / 170C Fan / 375F / Gas mark 5.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the oil, milk and eggs then mix through the flour, sugars and golden syrup. Add in your spices and orange zest and juice and mix everything together until a smooth batter is formed.
  3. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper, fill with the cake batter and bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 mins until cooked through. Test with a skewer and if it comes out clean then your cake is cooked. If not, check every two minutes until the skewer is completely clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  4. Whilst the cake cools you can make your buttercream by beating together your softened butter and icing sugar. Add your whisky and beat together until smooth.
  5. Use a cake cutter to cut out 4 circular servings of the cake. Halve each one horizontally and place each cake bottom onto a plate, fill the centre with a little buttercream then pop on its lid, top with a little more buttercream. Finish with a grating of orange zest and serve.
  6. We serve ours cold, however if you prefer they can be served warm and the buttercream will melt into your sponges.