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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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 20 Slices


  • 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


  • 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.