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Red velvet traybake with cream cheese icing and red sprinkles
20Prep Time

Red Velvet Traybake with Cream Cheese Icing

Quick and easy

8 Reviews

  • Vegetarian

About the bake

Red velvet cakes are traditionally an american recipe, but us Brits are enjoying this recipe so much it's fast becoming one of our everyday go-to bakes. We've transformed this lusciously red chocolate flavoured sponge into a traybake and toppped with classic cream cheese frosting. This traybake is perfect for kid's parties or for taking into the office on your birthday. 

20Prep Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat oven to 180ºc/160ºfan/gas mark 4. Grease a 15x10-inch rectangular baking tin.

  2. Step 2:

    Sift the flour into a bowl, then add the sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Step 3:

    In a heavy saucepan over low heat, combine butter, water, and cocoa powder. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.

  4. Step 4:

    Remove from heat, and stir in eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and food colour. Stir until well-combined.

  5. Step 5:

    Stir in flour mixture until combined.

  6. Step 6:

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  7. Step 7:

    Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan to room temperature. 

  8. Step 8:

    To make the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until well-combined.

  9. Step 9:

    Stir in powdered sugar and enough milk to make desired consistency.

  10. Step 10:

    Frost the cooled cake with cream cheese frosting. We've topped ours with red crunch sprinkles, you can use whatever you like.

    Cut into squares and serve! 

    If you love the idea of a traybake, why not try our ultimate party traybake


  • For the Cake

    • 250g Allinson's plain white flour
    • 350g Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 225g Unsalted butter
    • 250ml Water
    • 25g Cocoa powder
    • 2 Large eggs
    • 120g Buttermilk
    • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 1 tsp Red food colouring gel
    • 1 tsp Salt
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting

    • 225g Cream cheese (full fat)
    • 2 tbsp Softened unsalted butter
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 375g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Buttermilk


  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sieve

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