Classic School Syrup Sponge Pudding Recipe


School dinners in the North East haven’t changed too much over the years! The dishes we enjoyed were the same as our parents and grandparents…probably not the turkey Twizzlers mind.

But the desserts in particular have stayed strong, because frankly, they’re amazing! From sprinkle topped pink sponge cake, sticky toffee pudding and syrup soaked sponge, they just can’t be beat.

So to kick off our classic school recipes, here our personal fave…a recipe for traditional syrup sponge cake.

This sugary godsend was just what you needed when the rain was lashing down outside and you needed a dessert that warms the body and the soul! Obviously it needs to be drowning in custard (NOT pink contrary to some shmucks advice) and served piping hot.


School Syrup Sponge Pudding

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: syrup sponge
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cost: £5


  • 200 g Golden Syrup
  • 100 g Plain flour
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 100 g Butter
  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tbsp Milk


  • Mix the flour, sugar, eggs, butter, like and baking powder in a bowl until smooth.
  • Pour the 200g of syrup into your baking tray (we found a bread tin works well) then top with the mix.
  • Bake at 190°C for 40mins covered with Tinfoil and a tray of water underneath. Serve with custard while hot.



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