Kiddies’ Dream Traybake

I recently found the courage to venture into my local library and into the cookery section. I often find myself coming out of the library with 14 new books that I have to lug back home. One of the books I found was, “Annie Bell’s Gorgeous Cakes”.

Kiddies Dream Traybake

It had this amazing recipe for a Kiddies’ Dream Traybake, but I find that the bakes aimed at children give adults more pleasure because of their simplicity. It is a chocolate cake that is topped with a simple chocolate icing and decorated with a whole manner of chocolate sweets. It bears a lot of resemblance to those artificial shopbought birthday cakes but you have the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself.

Cut up into individual squares is a unique twist on the recipe that makes for a more playful birthday; I haven’t actually found somebody who didn’t like this. I guarantee it will go down a storm in your house and be made time and time again as a family classic.


75g cocoa powder

200ml boiling water

¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda

4 eggs

370g light brown sugar

180ml vegetable oil (or any flavourless oil such as sunflower or groundnut)

200g self-raising flour

150g dark chocolate

3 tbsp milk

Assorted chocolate sweets (e.g. Smarties, M&MS etc), hundreds and thousands, silver balls etc.

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line a roasting tin, or a square loose based tin with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the cocoa with the boiling water and the bicarbonate of soda. Leave to cool aside for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and oil – note you don’t need to take it to the ribboning stage, but until well combined and thoroughly mixed – and then fold in the sifted flour. Add the liquid cocoa mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Pour into the roasting/square tin and bake for 30 – 40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean and it springs back when pressed.
  5. For the icing, melt the chocolate with the milk over a bowl of simmering water, ensuring the bowl is not touching the water. Stir until the icing is smooth.
  6. Pour the icing over the cooled cake, using a palette knife to spread it evenly – the last thing you want is a child complaining how one has more icing than another. Let the icing set for 2 hours.
  7. Before it is completely set, pour over some chocolate coated hundreds and thousands and colourful chocolate sweets like Smarties or M&Ms.
  8. Cut into an appropriate number of squares for your birthday or party and top some with candles.

2 thoughts on “Kiddies’ Dream Traybake”

  1. Reblogged this on The School Cook and commented:

    This traybake is ridiculously simple and given as gifts in a gift box as seen in the picture, it is very exciting. The oil and water make a liquid mixture but in the end, turns out very moist and is coated in a simple ganache-style icing. A change could be to ice just the top of the traybake so you don’t need to worry about the icing smudging. Coloured with decorated sweets, it is very pretty and great fun for children. Try baking in a 23cm springform tin and filling with the icing for a simple chocolate cake that is stunning with a cup of tea as a replacement for Christmas pudding.


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