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School Dinner Cake Is The Nostalgic Trend That Everyone Is Revisiting

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School Dinner Cake Is The Nostalgic Trend That Everyone Is Revisiting

Ever think back to the simple times, when your biggest concern was whether you got to the dessert counter in time to grab some cake at school?

Ah, school dinner cake. You know the one...a simple white sponge topped with sweet, sticky white icing and an abundance of rainbow sprinkles.

Was there really anything better?! Well, a lot of people don't think so, as they've been recreating the tasty pud at home as adults, and sharing the results on social media.

Prepare for some serious pangs of nostalgia.




There's no denying school dinner cake is enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, but what is it about the childhood dessert that's pulling us all in again?!

We asked professional baker Jemma Blundell for her expert opinion. Speaking to Tyla, Hampshire based Jemma - who owns her own company, Blundell Bakes - said: "I believe School Dinner Cake to have become so popular in recent months because it is a massive form of comfort to us all at such a troubling time.

"I think we have all been inclined to want to treat ourselves more regularly, and as we cannot go out and see people as much.


"School dinner cake is a popular choice because of the nostalgic element. It reminds people of being a child and the simplicity of it is comforting. You really can't go wrong with a fluffy vanilla sponge, icing and sprinkles!"

School dinner cake is so easy to make (Credit: Instagram/ @BlundellBakes)
School dinner cake is so easy to make (Credit: Instagram/ @BlundellBakes)

Food blogger Anisa agrees. She runs foodie Instagram, @anisagrams and YouTube channel Cook With Anisa, and her school dinner cake recipe has been viewed over 300,000 times.

(If that doesn't prove people are still hankering after the the kiddy pud, we don't know what will!)


Anisa promises that her recipe for the cake is "so easy" that you can knock it together whatever your skill-set in the kitchen.

"The taste & smell takes me right back to primary school!," she tells us.

Who remembers school dinner cake? (Credit: Instagram/ @Anisagrams)
Who remembers school dinner cake? (Credit: Instagram/ @Anisagrams)

Result! Grab an eight inch baking tin and check out her recipe below:

For the cake:

8oz self raising flour

8oz Butter

8oz Castor Sugar

4 eggs

1tsp Baking Powder

1tsp vanilla paste

3 tbsp milk

For the icing:

2-3 tbsp water

300g icing sugar



Add your butter and flour into a bowl and use an electric whisk to mix until fluffy.

Now, add your four eggs one at a time, whisking after each egg so they are completely combined.

Fold your vanilla paste and milk into the mixture along with your self raising flour.

Bake in the oven at 160c, for 30-35 minutes.

In the meantime, make your icing. Simply mix the water and the icing sugar until thick but still runny.

Layer it on top of the cake and add your hundreds and thousands.


Featured Image Credit: Waitrose

Topics: Cooking, Tasty Food, Baking, Tasty

Joanna Freedman
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