Red Velvet Traybake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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    • Vegetarian
  • 1 Review

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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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  1. 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.
    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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