I do remember having this as a pudding for school dinners - a sponge cake topped with jam and coconut, scooped in chunks from enormous baking trays. It was served with pink custard usually once a week, maybe every two weeks at the most. I loved it! The dinners at my secondary school were excellent, especially the puddings!
I first made it myself as part of my afternoon tea. You can read about that here. I used quite a large traybake tin which made a shallow sponge, easy to cut into tiny squares.
I made the cake again for another event, cut into larger squares to be served as a dessert. It was equally popular. This recipe is definitely a keeper! You can see the original here.
It's hard to resist such a dainty treat!
One thing I haven't done with it so far is to repeat the whole school experience and actually serve it with pink custard! There's time yet!
For the cake
225g baking spread
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
a splash of milk if needed
For the topping
a jar of raspberry jam
25g desiccated coconut
a small punnet of fresh raspberries (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180C / 160 fan / gas mk 4. Grease and line the base of a traybake tin measuring roughly 30 x 18cm.
Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until creamy and well combined. Whisk in a splash of milk if it seems rather stiff.
Pour the mixture into the tin and spread out evenly, levelling the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until done.
Take the cake out of the oven. Put about half of the jar of jam into a small bowl and stir to loosen it. Spread this over the warm cake, making sure there are no bare patches.
Sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the jam in a thick dusting and leave to cool in the tin.
When cool mark the top into squares to be cut later or cut into squares of the required size straight away.
To decorate, cut a thin sliver from the flat end of each raspberry - this makes sure they stand pointy end up and don't wobble over. Place one in the middle of each square and gently push it into the jam slightly so that it stays put.
Serves as many as you like, depending on the size of squares you want.