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Traditional Coconut Jam School Cake Recipe

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I love making traditional recipes that I remember from my childhood at home or days at school and this jam and coconut tray bake is one of those recipes. Simple to make, sweet and delicious, it takes me right back to being eight years old, having it after my school dinner, often with custard on top.

Traditional Coconut Jam School Cake Recipe

What do you need to make this jam and coconut cake?

For this simple traybake you just need the usual cake ingredients of flour, eggs, butter and sugar. We use self raising flour but if you prefer you can use plain flour and a little baking powder or baking soda.

We also tend to use caster sugar for this jam coconut cake recipe but I know my mum used to make it with granulated sugar and it worked out absolutely fine. The same goes for butter – unsalted butter or margarine work well and it’s a recipe that you can just use whatever you have at home.

Traditional Coconut Jam School Cake Recipe

The finished old school bake is spread over with jam and sprinkled with desiccated coconut. We tend to use strawberry jam as it’s what we always have at home but raspberry jam is delicious too. The cake is then served as it is or for dessert with a big spoon of custard over the top.

There really is nothing like the combination of cake, jam and custard! And I know some people even serve it with pink custard although I’ve only ever had it with yellow custard – I think I might be missing out!

If you’re looking for other recipes to try here’s our old school sprinkle cake, Madeira loaf cake and lemon Bakewell slice recipes. you can see all our recipes to date here.

Traditional Coconut Jam School Cake Recipe

What equipment do you need for this jam and coconut school 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.

Traditional Coconut Jam School Cake Recipe

So here’s our Coconut and Jam Cake Recipe:

Ingredients

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

To decorate

  • 200g jam
  • dessicated coconut

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.
  • Spread jam over the top of the cake, making sure it’s an even layer and sprinkle with dessicated coconut.
  • Slice and serve

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Traditional Coconut Jam School Cake Recipe

I love making traditional recipes that I remember from my childhood at home or days at school and this am and coconut tray bake is one of those recipes. Simple to make, sweet and delicious, it takes me right back to being eight years old, having it after my school dinner, often with custard on top.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Keyword baking
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 slices

Ingredients

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

To decorate

  • 200 g jam
  • dessicated coconut

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.
  • Spread jam over the top of the cake, making sure it’s an even layer and sprinkle with dessicated coconut.
  • Slice and serve

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

Traditional Coconut Jam School Cake Recipe

Author

  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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