Old School Vanilla Cake | Recipe

Old School Vanilla Traybake Cake Sprinkles Recipe UK Lisa Valentine Blogs

All I seem to be doing during this lockdown, along with the rest of the UK, is bake. A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about old primary school desserts and remembered the sweet iced traybakes that they’d serve up with thick vanilla custard. I found a recipe and ended up adapting it after a few* trial bakes. I then shared a picture on Instagram and soon received messages asking how to recreate this sponge cake so here you go.

*five. I’ve made five batches of this cake in just nine days and ate them all.



180g unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (5 ml)
3 medium eggs
200 g self-raising flour
200g icing sugar
2 tbsp water
Coloured sugar sprinkles of your choice


1 – Line a square 20cm baking tin with baking paper and heat the oven to 160 degrees/gas mark 3 (140 for a fan oven)

2 – Cream the butter and sugar until pale and soft

3 – Slowly add in the eggs, one at a time and beating well after each addition

4 – Add the vanilla extract then sieve in the flour

5 – Bake for approx 40 mins until spongey and golden

6 – Leave to cool. Mix the icing sugar and water with a little vanilla extract. You want it thick enough to coat the back of a spoon without it sliding off straight away

7 – Ice the cooled caked and decorate with sprinkles.

*keep in an airtight container for up to one week

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One response to “Old School Vanilla Cake | Recipe”

  1. […] a bit too (when I can find the ingredients; flour seems to be the new pasta/toilet roll) and the old school vanilla traybake that I shared a few weeks ago is my current favourite. I’m going to make a batch of chocolate […]

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