Red Velvet Traybake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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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. 


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

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

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

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

  5. Stir in flour mixture until combined.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

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

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

  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

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