Red Velvet Traybake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Total Time

    20m
  • Serves

    16

  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

    Veg
    • Vegetarian
  • 8 Reviews

    2 star rating

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. 

Method

  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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Reviews

  1. 1 star rating

    Why would you ever add water to a cake??

  2. 1 star rating

    Cake is too watery after adding all the water as suggested in recipe.
    All the reviews are saying this recipe is a disaster o it suggests something is wrong somewhere.
    It has potential to be a lovely cake but something is wrong.

  3. 1 star rating

    It was a disaster. After I mixed all the ingredients i was very liquid , it didn't cook very well, it was very stodgy. Before taking out of the oven I used a toothpick to check and it came out clear.. I liked the colour though and the topping.

  4. 1 star rating

    It was a disaster. After I mixed all the ingredients i was very liquid , it didn't cook very well, it was very stodgy. Before taking out of the oven I used a toothpick to check and it came out clear.. I liked the colour though and the topping.

  5. 1 star rating

    Was a complete disaster, really don’t know what went wrong. Oven was hot, and it was definitely cooked for long enough as it shrank away from edges, very stodgy and brownie like, had to throw away

  6. 1 star rating

    This cake looked lovely, however after I added 250ml of water it became more like a liquid and came out thin and stodgy. Very disappointed. Would like to try again but add less water?

  7. 5 star rating

    love red velvet

  8. 1 star rating

    Not sure how this went wrong but it was a disaster in appearance as completely stodgy and not like it should of been. My children loved it though as tasted quite brownie like so they got to eat it all as there was no way I could take it to my work as I planned.
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    Hi Gemma,
    We're sorry to hear your bake didn't go to plan. It sounds like your oven may not have been quite hot enough for it to bake through evenly or it may have needed a bit longer in there. Next time, use a tooth pick and once it's baked, insert to the middle of the cake. If it comes out completely clean, your cake is ready. If it isn't return to the oven for increments of 5 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean.

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