School Cake Recipe

Kids Party Sweets: Duncan’s Guide to the Ultimate Children’s Celebration

At Duncan’s Sweet Shop, we understand that a children’s party is not just an event; it’s a rite of passage. And, central to this jubilation are the delightful sweets that light up their faces. With the unparalleled variety from brands like Haribo, Vidal, Sweeto, Cadbury, and Swizzels, our kids party sweets category is a treasure trove of tastes and memories.

But planning the perfect party involves more than just sweets. Let’s embark on a magical journey to craft the perfect kids party, complete with a nostalgic dessert that’s a hit across generations: the School Cake.

The Ultimate Kids Party Guide:

  1. Themes Galore: The theme sets the tone. From superheroes, princesses to jungle adventures, select a theme that resonates with the child’s interests. Consider props, costumes, and games centred around this theme for a memorable experience.
  2. Sweet Selection: This is where Duncan’s Sweet Shop shines.
    • Haribo: Kids love the tangy and sweet gummies. Haribo’s bear-shaped treats and colourful rings are party favourites.
    • Vidal: From fizzy belts to gum-filled turtles, Vidal offers a fascinating range of textures and tastes.
    • Sweeto: Bring a splash of fruitiness with Sweeto’s variety of jelly treats.
    • Cadbury: You can’t go wrong with their classic Dairy Milk chunks or those delectable Freddos.
    • Swizzels: The iconic Parma Violets and Love Hearts add a hint of nostalgia. Don’t forget the Drumstick Lollies!
  3. Party Bags: Create a mix of sweets that cater to different tastes. Incorporate a good balance from each brand and don’t forget to throw in a few surprises. Girls might love a theme around unicorns or mermaids, while boys might be more inclined towards pirates or dinosaurs.
  4. Make It Personal: Personalised labels or little notes with each party bag make them special. Consider adding names or fun messages like “Superstar Sarah” or “Daring Daniel”.
  5. Games and Activities: Traditional games like Pass the Parcel with a modern twist can be a hit. Think about incorporating sweets as prizes or hidden treasures.
  6. Savour the Classics: Beyond the modern treats, consider having a Pick n Mix station. Allow the children to pick their favourites, instilling a sense of wonder akin to a candy store experience.

The Legendary School Cake – With a Duncan’s Twist!

No party is complete without the grand dessert. The School Cake, reminiscent of canteen days, is a simple yet delicious treat that’s loved by kids (and adults) alike. Here’s a Duncan’s special recipe for the beloved School Cake, enhanced with our secret ingredients – ‘American Vanilla’ flavouring for the sponge and ‘Candy Floss’ essence flavouring for the icing.


  • 280g Margarine (room temperature)
  • 280g Caster Sugar
  • 5 Free-range Eggs (room temperature)
  • 280g Self-raising Flour
  • 350g Icing Sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Boiling Water
  • Sprinkles to decorate
  • A dash of American Vanilla flavouring
  • A hint of Candy Floss essence for the icing


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C for fan-assisted ovens or Gas Mark 4). Line a 9″x12″ baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Introduce the American Vanilla flavouring here for that unique Duncan’s touch.
  3. Whisk in the eggs one by one, ensuring each is well-integrated.
  4. Sift the flour and gently fold into the mix to create a smooth batter.
  5. Transfer to the baking tin and bake for 30-40 minutes. Check with a skewer – it should come out clean.
  6. As the cake cools, mix the icing sugar with boiling water. Add the Candy Floss essence, ensuring it’s blended well.
  7. Pour the icing over the cooled cake, guiding it to the edges with a spatula.
  8. Finish with a generous sprinkle decoration for that authentic School Cake look.

At Duncan’s, we believe in reliving memories while creating new ones. Whether it’s through the sweetness of a Haribo gummy or the softness of our special School Cake, we’re here to make every moment count. Explore the wonders of our kids party sweets, and let’s make childhood celebrations truly magical.

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