Simple School Tray Bake with Sprinkles

I remember having this as a child in the UK. A Simple School Tray Bake with Sprinkles it was such a quick and easy recipe for everyone to make.
This week I decided to make it with the boys so I went on good old google and found a recipe to recreate it.

Here is the recipe.
Ingredients:200 g butter/margarine
175 g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
200 g self raising flour

For the decoration:
225g icing sugar
2-3 tbsp water (start with 1 and build up gradually so your icing isn’t too thin)
Colored sugar sprinkles/ sugar strands of your choice


This school sponge cake is made is a rectangular tray and ideally is should rise only a little and evenly to give you a flat surface to ice.

Grease your tray and line with baking paper.

Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees C (140 if using a fan oven)
If making the old school sponge cake by hand (or if you don’t mind spending a little more time on the steps), I’d suggest creaming together the butter and sugar first, until light and fluffy.

This can take several minutes of mixing, even if using electric beaters. Add the eggs, beating the cake mixture after each egg. And the vanilla, then stir the flour in gently until all the ingredients have combined into a smooth mixture.

Watch out for hidden pockets of flour lurking at the bottom of the bowl! If you’re using an electric stand mixer to make the cake, you can put all the ingredients in it and combine in one go.

Pour your sponge cake mixture into your prepared baking tray and bake for 25-35 minutes. Keep an eye on your cake. When it goes a golden brown it’s time to take it out. If in doubt, stick a knife into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, your sponge cake is done.

I left mine in the tin for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Once it has cooled down, ice and sprinkle away.

This was our end result

Both the boys and the hubby loved it so it was well worth making. 🙂

If you decide to make it. Let me know what you think.

– Just A Happy Mum


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