Remember this bad boy? (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)
Remember back in primary school when you would tuck into that delicious sponge cake with icing and sprinkles on the top.
Well, the cake from our childhood is making a comeback in 2020 and bloggers and Instagrammers have been sharing their recipes for it. It was even the third most Googled recipe of 2020 – according to a recent Google Trends report.
Perhaps the rise in popularity for this nostalgic cake could be down to how easy it is to make – it’s literally a simple sponge cake topped with plain icing and cheap sprinkles.
It’s also a crowd-pleasing dessert to make for kids – as they are probably familiar with the treat from their school canteen.
It’s really easy to make (Picture: Amy Reid/Baking with Granny)
Amy Reid, who runs the blog Baking With Granny, has shared a recipe for school cake which includes just seven ingredients.
But, one of the most important things to remember is to let the cake completely cool before adding the icing – otherwise it won’t set and will run off your bake.
Below is the recipe from Baking with Granny’s blog…
How to make school cake
- 280g margarine (at room temperature)
- 280g caster sugar
- 5 free-range eggs (at room temperature)
- 280g self-raising flour
- 300g icing sugar
- Few teaspoons of boiling water
- Sprinkles to decorate
1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°c (160°c for fan assisted oven or Gas Mark 4) and a 9×12 inch baking tin with greaseproof paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs one at time, ensuring each is mixed through before adding the next.
4. Sift in the flour and gently fold to create a batter.
5. Transfer the batter to your pre-lined tin and bake in your pre-heated oven for 50-60 minutes until risen, golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
7. Once your cake has cooled completely, in a bowl, mix the icing sugar with a few teaspoons of boiling water, adding a little water at time until you have a thick pouring consistency. Pour the icing onto your cake, using a spoon to guide it to the edges. Finish with some rainbow sprinkles.
Then, the only thing left to do is to enjoy!