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28.03.2016- Adventures in Baking: Chocolate Traybake

Happy Easter! If you're using the long weekend as an excuse to eat your own body weight in chocolate you've well and truly come to the right place. If you've got lots of Easter Eggs going spare, then this recipe is the perfect option, and it's a great one to try if you're looking to build your skills with something relatively simple. The humble traybake is a staple of my baking repertoire, and this chocolate version from Mary Berry (who else?!) is a great option if you want to put your chocolate stash to good use:

Chocolate Traybake

For the sponge:

50g cocoa powder, 6tbsp boiling water, 100g soft butter, 275g caster sugar. 3 free range eggs, 125ml milk, 175g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder
For the icing:
4 tbsp sieved warm apricot jam, 100ml double cream, 200g milk chocolate, chopped, Glace icing for feathering

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2) Using a large bowl, mix the cocoa and boiling water together until smooth. Add the butter and mix vigorously, then add the sugar, eggs, milk, flour and baking powder. 
3) Mix all of the ingredients until well combined. 
4) Once mixed, transfer the cake mixture into a lined tray and bake for approximately thirty minutes, until well risen. Allow to cool in the tin before turning out and placing on a cooling rack. 
5) When the sponge is slightly cooled, brush with the apricot jam before leaving to cool completely.
6) To make the icing, heat the cream in a small pan before adding the milk chocolate. Mix together until the chocolate is completely melted. Leave to cool- it should be pouring consistency. 
7) Pour the icing over the sponge- I used some baking parchment to collect any excess drips here! Cover evenly using a palette knife.
8) To decorate, make some Glace icing and pipe in thin lines down the cake. Using a skewer, gently score lines in the opposite direction to those which you have just piped to create a feathered effect!
9) Serve and enjoy!

It's hard to go wrong with a traybake, but I was really pleased with how this one turned out- especially as the feathering was a lot easier than I was expecting it to be! 

Have you tried any new recipes for Easter?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


  1. Totally adding this to my list pronto!
    A Story of a Girl

  2. looks amazing! will definitely try this out xx


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