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Whisky Cake     Veg  CD  CBF  Scottish  65mins

Makes 1 x 17.5cm/7-inch cake     Cold   Vegetarian  Cakes   Baked Fayre Teatime   Scotland  British  Europe

For the cake
175g/6oz Butter
175g/6oz Soft Brown Sugar
Grated Zest of 1 Orange
3 Eggs, Beaten
175g/6oz Self Raising Flour
4 tbsp Whisky
For the Butter Icing
175g/6oz Icing Sugar
50g/2oz Butter
2 tbsp Clear Honey
Juice from the Orange
To decorate
Toasted Flaked Almonds


1. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5 and grease two 17.5cm/7 inch sandwich tins.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the orange rind and mix well.

3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.

4. Add the flour and whiskey and mix well.

5. Divide the mixture equally between the two tins levelling the tops, then bake for 20-25 minutes until light golden. Turn out on to a wire rack to cool.

6. Make the butter icing by placing the butter into a large mixing bowl together with the honey and one tablespoon of the orange juice and mix together.

7. Sift in the icing sugar a little at a time beating the mixture until the ingredients are well combined.

8. Assembly - Sandwich the cakes together with half of the butter icing then smooth the remaining butter icing over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.


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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


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Wire Rack


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