This recipe for an old school sprinkles traybake from ohlaliving.com will take you straight back to the school dining hall.
My generation mostly remember school dinners with mixed feelings. You had to tolerate the dinner bit to get to the pudding. If you liked chips or mash, overcooked vegetables and meat of some description, I was never quite sure what it was, you were lucky.
I seem to remember most of my class opting for a packed lunch, we got through a lot of Marmite in our house.
In recent times, school dinners have seen a revolution, with the likes of Jamie Oliver having become involved in an overhaul of the meals.
But some things endure, and a school sprinkles traybake like this one, served with lashings of hot custard are still a firm favourite.
School Sprinkles Tray Bake
- 300 g butter
- 300 g caster sugar
- 300 g self raising flour
- 5 large eggs
- 95 ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 400 g icing sugar
- 8 tbsp milk
- 50 g sprinkles
For the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 160°C / 325°F or Gas Mark 3.
- Line a 30cm x 23 cm x 3.5cm square tin with greaseproof paper. Set aside.
- For a soft and spongy cake make sure that you have left the butter in room temperature.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs one by one and mix well.
- Once all the eggs have been added, add in the flour using 2 tablespoons at a time to make sure the mixture is smooth.
- Add in the milk and vanilla essence and mix well.
- Pour the sponge cake mixture into the tray and bake for around 25-30 minutes.
- Keep an eye on the cake until it turns golden brown. You can see if the cake is done by sticking a toothpick or a knife into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean then your sponge cake is done. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 15 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack.
For the icing:
- Once the cake has fully cooled down, make the icing by adding the milk into the icing sugar.
- Add half of the milk first to test the consistency. I like my icing to be quite thick, once the icing is done pour it into the middle of the cake and spread carefully with a spatula. Let the icing run along the sides of the cake for effect. Then add the sprinkles!