Family Time Calendar: Get Cooking - iVillage

For no other reason than it's cold outside and we're feeling peckish (that's Brit-speak for hungry), we thought it was time to share with you an old English recipe, perfect for blasting away the gray days of winter. Grown-ups will enjoy this with a cup of tea. Kids can drink whatever they want, but why not serve it in nice teacups and make a real tea party out of it? The recipe is for a classic English treat: a Victoria sponge. (No matter what your impression of English food is, this sponge has nothing to do with what you wash the dishes with. It refers to the cake -- sponge cake.)

What you'll need:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon orange zest
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
Confectioner's sugar
2 7-inch cake pans, buttered and floured (if you only have 8-inch pans, check your cakes for doneness after 9 minutes)
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/2 pint whipping cream
4 tablespoons confectioner's sugar

What you'll do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a mixer (or whisk if you have helpful, strong children), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until lightened in texture and color. Add the eggs, one by one, waiting for each to be absorbed into the batter, then add the vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the mixer. On low speed, add the flour in three batches until it is just blended. Scrape down the sides of the mixer once again. Add the milk to make a looser batter, mixing until it is just incorporated. You may want to do this last step with a whisk or spoon so as not to overbeat the mixture.

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