There was a royal baby & Jammy Coconut Sponge at Multicultural Day


Something I like about the girls school is that it is so multicultural. I think that one of the lovely things about little children, is that they don’t see colour, race or religion, they just accept everyone as they are (until others put ideas in their heads that is).  Each year the school holds a “Multicultural Day”, the kids get to dress up in national costumes, bring in a dish of their country, spend the morning learning about different countries and cultures and put on a concert in the afternoon.  Lots of singing and dancing, the kids love it & the kinders are sooooo cute!  It’s funny to see the littlies belt out their songs at full volume and the older they get the less loud & enthusiastic they are.  There were about 45 different nationalities represented this year which is pretty amazing in a school of only 400 kids, I love that.

I was born in England and all my Mum’s family are there so we decided to embrace it and go best of British.  It’s only fitting given that we just celebrated the Queens Birthday isn’t it!


Duchess Kate graced us with her presence & decided to bring baby Princess Charlotte for her first public outing and Miss E had packed her wellies to compliment the Aussie green & gold!

The parents job was to come up with food for the kids to take for a massive feast at lunch time.  This year we decided to go with a classic British school lunch dessert, “Jammy Coconut Sponge” cake because it’s quick, easy and very, very yummy!  We used Jamie Oliver’s lovely jubbly recipe because it’s a great one but did adapt it slightly on the jam front, he makes his own, I did not (but my lovely neighbour Jo did so it’s not really cheating).


Click here for the original recipe or take a look below for what I did (keep scrolling).

As an aside, now that I think about it jam seems to feature quite highly in British food, the classic Devonshire tea for example, isn’t complete without jam & cream (or our one & only pet, Jack) and then there’s…

British Collage

the Jammy Dodger which I blogged about after last years Multicultural Day. Of course pies with mushy peas also need a mention which obviously does not involve jam but does involve tomato sauce, another condiment that features highly in the British diet and any childs diet too!

So now, would you like the recipe so you can make it to have with a spot of tea?  Yes, ma’am…

Jammy Coconut Sponge


  • 225 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225 g raw caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75 g desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 C strawberry, raspberry or sour cherry jam (you might not need as much as that depends on the thickness of your jam)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a lamington tin with baking paper
  2. Cream the butter & sugar together until creamy & fluffy
  3. Beat the eggs in one at a time
  4. Fold through the flour & baking powder then add the milk and vanilla and beat again until just combined
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes or until it's golden and springs back when pressed.
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 - 10 minutes and then cool on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes
  7. Spread the jam of your choice over the top and then sprinkle with the coconut.
  8. Slice up and enjoy!
jammy-sponge-webMy 97 year old grandmother sent me the commemorative tea towel for Prince George’s birth, I’m waiting on one for Princess Charlottes’, very cute!

What’s a favourite food from your cultural background? Are you liking the tea towel?


10 comments on “There was a royal baby & Jammy Coconut Sponge at Multicultural Day

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 11, 2015 at 8:51 am

    As soon as I saw that Jammy Sponge, it took me straight back to my childhood! We Brits love anything with jam, sponge, dodgers, roly poly, sandwiches… the list goes on. And to this day, given the chance, we put ketchup on everything! We still have pie and mushy peas too, it’s one of our favourites. I’m a sucker for all the British puds like roly poly and spotted dick, but only when they’re slathered in custard. I have a book of Great British Baking somewhere, I should really dig it out! And yes, that tea towel is pure class!

    • Vicki
      June 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Ooh might have to make roly poly & spotted dick – such fun names too! The tea towel is a crack up.

  2. Kat - The Organised Housewife
    June 11, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Love this!.:)

    • Vicki
      June 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you Kat. We had a lot of fun with it.

  3. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Oh yum, I think I could easily polish off a big slice or two of this, with a fresh pot of hot tea of course!

    • Vicki
      June 11, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      I think it will be on regular rotation around here as it was so easy and so yummy!

  4. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    June 12, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Oh what a brilliant school! That sounds like a great day. Mmm I love Jamie Oliver recipes and this one looks GREAT! How lucky are you to have a neighbour who makes you jam. That’s just brilliant. Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

    • Vicki
      June 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I know we are lucky enough to have brilliant neighbours I will miss all of them when we move. Thanks for hosting FFF.

  5. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Oh I want to eat this now! How adorable is the royal tea towel? Your Grandma is too sweet.

    • Vicki
      June 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      The tea towel is a classic isn’t it? thanks so much

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