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School dinner cake recipe

classic school dinner cake

One of my strongest memories of my days at secondary school, alongside teachers and lessons of course, was the food from the school canteen. I made pretty poor food choices when I was younger although it clearly didn’t do me any harm. In fact I don’t remember there much being many healthy choices, certainly not like the secondary school I work in today. I’ve been thinking a lot about secondary schools recently as my son just found out which school he will be going to in September. It made me nostalgic for the classic school dinner cake I enjoyed at my own school and I thought I would recreate it for my own children.

School dinner cake ingredients:

200g butter

200g caster sugar

4 eggs

200g self raising flour

50ml milk

vanilla extract

200g icing sugar


School dinner cake recipe

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Line your cake tin and set aside.

Add the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat by hand until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, milk and a few drops of vanilla essence. Beat the mixture until the cake batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into your cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes (until you can insert a skewer and it comes out clean). Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Whilst the cake is cooling down prepare the icing. Mix the icing sugar with a little water but make sure the icing is thick rather than runny. When the cake is cool enough, spread the icing over the top of the cake. Cover with a lot of sprinkles and set aside for an hour to set.

classic school dinner cake

Cut into squares and enjoy the taste of a classic school dinner cake.

classic school dinner cake

1 Comment

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    Kim Carberry
    March 15, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Ahh! I used to love this type of cake when I was at school. It brings back wonderful memories.
    I think I am going to have to give this recipe a try x

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