School Dinner Jam and Coconut Cake

As the weather gets colder and the dark nights draw in, I feel the need for comfort food. Traditional recipes that hark back to childhood, and this is one of my 'old skool' favourites... "jam and coconut tray bake cake".

jam and coconut cake

One of the highlights of school life, light and fluffy coconut cake topped with jam and coconut sprinkles and served with lashings of hot custard. If the dinner ladies were feeling adventurous, then we had pink custard...errr I think I'll give that a miss and stick to the golden variety!

jam and coconut sponge cake

Puddings were always the best part of school meals!
This is quick and easy recipe based on a basic Victoria sponge. Give it a go and be top of the class!


jam and coconut cake

  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 8oz softened butter
  • 8oz self raising flour
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • 2oz desiccated coconut 
  • half teaspoon baking powder
For the topping;
  • strawberry or raspberry jam 
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut.


  • Cream together the sugar and butter.
  • Gradually add the beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract
  • Add the coconut and gently fold in the flour.
Grease and line a baking tin. Add the mixture and bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins or until the cake is firm to the touch and golden.

When the cake has cooled slightly spread the top with jam and sprinkle with the remaining coconut. Serve with lashings of hot custard.

Top marks for you!

jam and coconut sponge

School dinner jam and coconut sponge cake


Sonia said…
Been searching for this pudding recipe for years as its the only thing my son liked about school.will be trying this out as soon as i have the ingredients. X
Chrissie said…
I made this sponge cake today in Mary Berry’s Traybake Tin. I also put an ounce of ground almonds. This is lovely and I have managed to get 30 slices (29 now - testing!!). Ideal for a gathering.
Unknown said…
My favourite school pud!

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