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55Total Time
20Prep Time
35Bake Time
A challenge

Party Tray Bake

Quick and easy
  • Vegetarian

About the bake

Picture this, you've got people coming round and you don't know what flavour cake to bake. This cake means you can please everyone. This party sheet cake contains a different flavour for each row. Mix them up however you like and get creative. We've gone for cookies and cream, luscious lemon, classic Proper Nutty peanut butter and a row of fresh raspberries. Which will you try? Watch our video to be inspired by fillings. 

55Total Time
20Prep Time
35Bake Time
A challenge


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180ºc/160ºcfan/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line the tin with baking parchment.

  2. Step 2:

    Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time with a spoonful of flour to stop the mixture curdling.

  3. Step 3:

    Mix the buttermilk and vanilla in a separate jug.

  4. Step 4:

    Combine the salt and the flour.

  5. Step 5:

    In a large bowl, combine the  buttermilk mixture, the flour and salt mixture and the butter and sugar  until you have a smooth batter. Pour into your prepared tin and smooth the top. Bake in your preheated oven for 35 minutes or until risen and golden.

  6. Step 6:

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

    Making in Advance

    The un iced cake will keep for 2 days and can be frozen.

  7. Step 7:

    To make the buttercream, beat together the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Then whisk in the milk and the vanilla and continue whisking hard for 5 minutes until the buttercream is very light.

  8. Step 8:

    Once the cake is cooled, turn out onto a board and flip right side up.

  9. Step 9:

    Using a large icing nozzle as a cutting tool, make 20 equally spaced holes in the cake and keep the "plugs". You will need them later.

  10. Step 10:

    For the cookies and cream layer, mix 2 or 3 crushed Oreos with whipped cream and pipe into the first row of 4 holes. Sprinkle each hole with some crushed Oreos. Stop the holes with a cake plug.

  11. Step 11:

    For the lemon layer, fill a piping bag with your lemon curd and pipe into the second row of 4 holes, reserving 1/4 . Sprinkle each hole with some crushed digestives. Stop the holes with a cake plug.

  12. Step 12:

    For the funfetti layer, fill a piping bag with 4 tbsp of buttercream mixed with 1 tsp of funfetti and pipe into the third row of 4 holes. Stop the holes with a cake plug.

  13. Step 13:

    For the peanut butter, fill a piping bag with 4 tbsp of peanut butter and pipe into the fourth row of 4 holes. Sprinkle in some chocolate coated popping candy. Stop the holes with a cake plug.

  14. Step 14:

    For the raspberry and coconut layer, fill a piping bag with 4 tbsp of raspberry jam and pipe into the fifth row of 4 holes. Sprinkle in some desiccated coconut. Stop the holes with a cake plug.

  15. Step 15:

    Spread buttercream over the whole surface of the cake to cover and seal in the plugs. Make sure you remember where the fillings are.

  16. Step 16:

    Lay a piece of kitchen paper over the cake revealing only the cookies and cream section sprinkle with crushed Oreo cookies.

  17. Step 17:

    Lift this paper carefully, and using two sheets of kitchen paper, shield the cake revealing the section when the funfetti section is. Sprinkle the white chocolate shavings or similar over this section.

  18. Step 18:

    Carefully lift these papers and now use paper to shield the cake revealing the end section where the raspberry jam went. Sprinkle this area with desiccated coconut. Carefully lift the paper. You should have a cake with three stripes on it. Cookie Crumbs, a gap, White Chocolate, a gap and Desiccated Coconut.

  19. Step 19:

    In the gap that is the lemon Section, pipe zigzags of lemon curd.

  20. Step 20:

    In the gap that is the peanut butter section pipe zigzag of chocolate sauce. The surface will now have five stripes.

  21. Step 21:

    Over the place where each cake plug is, pipe a swirl of whipped cream. There should be 20, evenly spaced swirls.

  22. Step 22:

    In the cookies and cream section, garnish each swirl with a mini Oreo and a chocolate square.

  23. Step 23:

    In the lemon section, garnish with a lemon sweet or swirl and a mini meringue or crushed meringue.

  24. Step 24:

    In the sprinkles section, garnish with funfetti.

  25. Step 25:

    In the peanut butter section, garnish with the peanuts and Reese’s Pieces.

    How Long The Cake Will Last

    Once decorated the cake should be eaten within 2 days.

  26. Step 26:

    In the raspberry section, garnish with a fresh raspberry and freeze dried raspberries.


  • For the Sponge

    • 340g Self Raising Flour
    • 270ml Buttermilk
    • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 170g Butter (unsalted)
    • 270g Caster sugar
    • 4 Eggs (large)
    • Pinch Salt (optional)
  • For the Buttercream

    • 400g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 200g Butter (unsalted, softened)
    • 2 tbsp Milk (whole)
  • For the Toppings & Decoration

    • 300ml Double cream
    • 154g Oreo biscuits
    • 4 squares Milk chocolate bar (we've used cookies & cream flavour)
    • 6 tbsp Lemon curd
    • 2 Digestive biscuits
    • 4 Mini meringues
    • 4 Jelly lemon sweets
    • 1/2 tube Funfetti
    • 2 tbsp White chocolate (grated)
    • 4 tbsp Proper Nutty peanut butter
    • 2 tsp Popping candy
    • 2 tbsp Peanuts
    • 4 Reese's pieces
    • 3 tbsp Askey's chocolate treat sauce
    • 4 tbsp Raspberry jam
    • 2 tsp Freeze dried raspberries
    • 4 Raspberries (fresh)


  • Shallow baking tin 26 x 36 x 3cm
  • Parchment piping bag
  • Large open star nozzle
  • Plain large nozzle
  • Skewer or cocktail stick
  • Ruler

Nutritional Information

per 125g
  • 562cal Energy
  • 30g Fat
  • 16g of which Saturates
  • 65g Carbohydrates
  • 48g of which Sugars
  • 6.8g Protein
  • 0.51g Salt

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