Classic School Dinner Cake

I’m taking us way back to those (somewhat) easier days at school when we’d pile into the lunch queue to grab a bowl of this sweet and spongy vanilla cake! I’d been seeing a lot of people making it on various parts of social media, so I decided it was my turn! I used a recipe I found on TikTok from a very talented woman called Taz, it's very simple, very easy, and most importantly, very tasty! 

Serves 8 

370g Plain Flour 
2 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt 
350g Granulated Sugar 
170g Unsalted Butter 
4 Eggs
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract 
240ml Milk 

400g Icing Sugar 
Multi-coloured Sprinkles 

Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160 Fan/ Gas Mark 3 and grease a square/rectangular cake tin. Start by combining all the dry sponge ingredients together (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar), mix until well combined, then add in your butter, it’s best to soften the butter in the microwave before adding it in so that the mixture incorporates all the ingredients a bit better. Mix until you have a stodgy, soft batter. 

Now add in the wet ingredients, it’s best to do this a bit at a time to allow the mixture to fully soak up all the liquids before adding more, add in the vanilla extract and milk, then add your eggs one at a time. Keep mixing until you have a thick, smooth batter with no lumps. 

Once your batter is ready, pour it into the prepared cake tin and let it bake for between 25-35 minutes until the sponge rises, is lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean. 

Now to make your sugary, sweet glaze icing! Add your icing sugar, 6-8 tbsp milk, and 1 tsp vanilla extract into a medium-sized bowl and whisk until you have a smooth icing that's thick enough to pour but not too runny, if it is too runny you can leave it in the fridge to firm up for about 5 mins. 

Allow your cake to cool completely before you add the icing otherwise it’ll melt straight off! I left my cake in its tin and served it from there too as it's easier for the icing to form a thick layer on top but if you have a nice tin or tray to use you can use that, just be aware it is easier to keep it in its tin. Once the cake is cool, just simply pour the icing all over the top making sure it reaches every corner and fully covers the entire cake, before your icing sets sprinkle a generous amount of rainbow sprinkles directly onto the icing so that it sets into the cake as the icing sets!
Leave this to firm up for about 20 minutes or until the icing doesn't run like a liquid (to test this I gently tipped the tin either way, if there was still icing running I left it for another 10 mins).

And here she is! 

This cake took me right back to school (in the best way possible) to those lunchtimes that seemed to go on forever and this delicious cake that I had no idea was this simple to make…but I guess it has to be when there's a few hundred kids waiting for it! You could have this cake for any occasion and I think it would be super fun to have one as a birthday cake! It’s that perfect blend of sweet, vanilla, and fun with the icing and sprinkles, we’ve been having a slice every night with loads of fresh custard after dinner and I really look forward to it. This cake is easy enough to make with children or if you’re just venturing into the world of baking, it's really fun and you could get arty with the sprinkles and toppings if you wanted to, so if you can’t meet up with family and friends yet just know you’ve always got a friend in cake and custard! 

H x