Old School Cake

Now if you don’t live in the UK then you properly don’t know what this is but if you went to primary school then this cake will bring back some nostalgia.

So for all the people that don’t know what this cake is, it is a basic vanilla traybake sponge with a simple white icing topped with sprinkles.


This cake is simple but is super delicious and is great for any occasion. This cake is super quick to make and will mean that the next cuppa your having will be enjoyed with a slice of this cake.

Buttercream icing is all the thing at the moment but this cake is made with nothing but icing sugar and water which is defiantly what gives this cake them nostaligic feels because if you baked as a kid then this was the type of icing you were making.


Nowadays you can find so many different types of sprinkles of the shelves and there are endless companies who do great sprinkle sets. However, back when I was a kid the only sprinkles you had in your house was hundreds and thousands.

You can use any sprinkles you like I wont hold it against you if you don’t like hundred and thousands but they are the best sprinkles for this cake. The icing should cover the sponge a lot and the best icing is nice and thick.


Old School Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Baking, Cakes, icing, old school cake, sprinkles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 14 slices



  • 200 g Unsalted Butter
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 200 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 50 ml Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • 200 g Icing Sugar
  • Hundreds and Thousands
  • Water drops


  • Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a 20 x 30cm cake tin and line with baking parchment.
  • Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with a whisk until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, flour, milk and vanilla and beat again until you have a smooth batter.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared tin, spread right to the corners and smooth the surface.
  • Bake for 40-45 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, checking at 5 min intervals if it isn't ready after 45 mins. Leave the sponge to cool on a wire rack.
  • Mix the icing sugar with enough water to make a thick icing.
  • Spread the icing over the cooled cake, then top with lots of sprinkles. Leave for at least 1 hr to set. Cut into squares

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