Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

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I was talking to the kids recently about school dinners and the puddings they get compared to when we were younger. One thing that they still make at school is a simple old school cake for pudding and it’s something I have such fond memories of.

Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

What is an old school dinner cake?

To me, an old school sprinkle cake is a big, flat sponge cake topped with icing and sprinkles. It’s light and fluffy in the middle, firmer around the edges, tastes vanilla and sweet and is the perfect way to end any school dinner.

But, to my surprise the children said school don’t put icing on the cake – they still have rainbow sprinkles but no icing. So, since then I’ve been making traditional old school cakes at home all the time to give the kids that real retro school cake experience and I thought I should share our old school cake recipe with you too.

Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

How do you make this old school cake?

This school sponge cake recipe is a simple tray bake sponge cake recipe, topped with homemade icing and any sprinkles you have to hand. It’s a super easy cake to make in bulk, simple to slice and is great when feeding the masses. You can literally use any size baking tin or baking tray and vary the recipe accordingly – with roughly 50g of butter sugar and flour for each egg that you use.

Is this the same as a Tottenham Cake?

A traditional Tottenham Cake is really similar to an old school cake. It’s a vanilla sponge traybake but topped with pink icing and dessicated coconut. With this sprinkle sponge cake you can use any colour sponge cake icing you like so could easily do pink icing if you wanted – or any colour to match a birthday or party theme.

Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

Can you vary this recipe?

This old school sponge cake recipe is super easy to vary. You could add dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips into the mix. You can have it plain instead of iced and you could even add some cocoa powder to make a lovely chocolate traybake instead, topping with melted chocolate.

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Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

What equipment do you need for this easy old school sprinkle cake recipe?

You can make this recipe simply with things you already have in your kitchen but here are the things we use in case there’s something you don’t already have:

As you can see, it’s all things you probably have already. We use sheets of baking paper to guarantee that bakes come out of the tin easily and they’re so easy to use.

Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

So here’s our Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 250g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence

To decorate

  • Sprinkles
  • 350g icing sugar

Recipe

  • Preheat oven at 160C/300F/Gas 2 and line a sheet cake pan or brownie pan
  • Cream together the butter and caster sugar in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
  • Pour the batter into the lined/greased loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes until brown on the top and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Make icing sugar by gradually adding water to the icing sugar and mixing well. It should be nice and thick when ready.
  • Cover the top of the cake in icing, add the sprinkles and leave to set before slicing and serving.

If you’d like to print or pin the Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe for later you can do so below. Enjoy!

Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

This classic school sprinkle cake will take you right back to school dinners. A lovely, light sponge covered in icing and sprinkles, it's a cake the whole family will love.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 Slices

Ingredients

  • 250 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 250 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence

To decorate

  • Sprinkles
  • 350 g icing sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 160C/300F/Gas 2 and line a sheet cake pan or brownie pan
  • Cream together the butter and caster sugar in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
  • Pour the batter into the lined/greased loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes until brown on the top and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Make icing sugar by gradually adding water to the icing sugar and mixing well. It should be nice and thick when ready.
  • Cover the top of the cake in icing, add the sprinkles and leave to set before slicing and serving.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Old School Sprinkle Cake Recipe

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