Children's Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe (Sheet Cake)

34 easy tray bake recipes

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Tray bakes (also known as sheet cakes) are speedy, easy and fun to make. Snack on a healthy oat and nut breakfast bar, indulge in a batch of delicious black forest brownies or impress your guests with our show-stopping raspberry and pistachio linzer tart

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Our best tray bakes recipes are quick, easy and fun to make. Spend an afternoon baking one of our easy tray bakes ideas.

From classic chocolate brownies to a twist on the blondie, flapjacks baked in a tray, to an indulgent salted caramel tray bake recipe, we have plenty of ideas to try. Add your tray bake to a tea time spread, we’ve got plenty of afternoon tea recipes here.

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Ingredients

  • We use chocolate, salted caramel, oats and more for our tray bakes

PBJ blondies

Buttery, nutty and incredibly moreish, these next-level blondies will be a hit with the whole family.

Peanut Butter Blondie Recipe


Eton mess traybake

A simple yet classic sponge cake topped with all the best bits of a traditional British dessert - perfect for a summery traybake. Love Eton mess? Discover our epic Eton mess cheesecake recipe too.

Eton Mess Tray Bake Recipe


Butterscotch and pretzel millionaire shortbread

Try our easy millionaire shortbread tray bake with butterscotch and pretzel. The butterscotch gives this classic childhood favourite a real grown up taste.

Millionaire Shortbread Recipe with Butterscotch and Pretzels


Fruity oaty flapjacks

Hurrah for flapjacks, that one-pan baked treat that anyone can master. Make yours a bit posh with our date, sultana and almond take on a classic recipe.

Healthy Flapjack Recipe For Fruity Oat Flapjacks


Coffee sheet cake with cappuccino buttercream

Try our super easy coffee slab cake, this recipe is nut-free and comes with a creamy cappuccino buttercream. Our simple yet moreish cake is perfect for parties, birthdays or just family gatherings. Get more coffee baking ideas here...

Coffe Slab Cake


Black forest tray bake brownies

Black forest brownies combine two of our favourite sweet treats. This brownie/black forest gâteau mash-up is boozy, cherry-studded, chocolatey heaven. Add a big dollop of kirsch spiked cream if you can handle it.

Black Forest Brownies Recipe


Rhubarb and ginger tray bake

Bake our easy ginger tray bake recipe with moreish Bonne Maman rhubarb compote, perfect with your afternoon cuppa.

Rhubarb and Ginger Cake Recipe


Salted caramel and pear blondies

Check out these moreish blondies with salted caramel and pears. Whip this tray bake up in under an hour for an easy treat to serve friends or family.

Salted Caramel Blondie Recipe with Pears


Marmalade and almond shortbread tray bake

Check out our shortbread recipe with flaked and ground almonds, packed with shredless marmalade. This easy tray bake is ready in under an hour.

Almond Shortbread Bars with Marmalade


Vegan brownies

Bake a batch of our decadent chocolate brownies for an indulgent vegan tray bake. Our unique recipe is super chocolaty so vegan and non-vegan friends and family will all love it!

Vegan Brownies Recipe


Black cherry and coconut bakewell slices

Check out our bakewell slices with juicy cherries and crunchy desiccated coconut. This take on the classic bakewell tart is easy to make and perfect with an afternoon cuppa.

Cherry Bakewell Recipe with Coconut


Classic chocolate brownies

A classic, gooey chocolate brownie recipe that can be ramped up with added ingredients (we’ve included three suggestions in the recipe). This recipe uses a square tin, but you can use an oblong or even round cake tin provided it is roughly the same size – just keep an eye on the brownie, you may need slightly less or more time than the recipe states. Here are our other best brownies recipes to try.


Raspberry custard tray cake

Check out this easy tray bake recipe with sweet and juicy raspberries and creamy custard, a perfect teatime treat. Long-life custard is a bit more stable and usually thicker than fresh, so it's good for baking into cakes.

Raspberry Custard Cake Recipe


Custard cream blondies

Brownies and blondies are the most popular tray bake recipes. Ever thought of adding custard creams to your blondie mixture? It's genius! Use your favourite biscuits, spreads and chocolate bars to make our fun baking recipes.


Coconut and pink grapefruit slices

Check out our pretty coconut slices with tangy pink grapefruit. These sweet squares are easy to make and go perfectly with your afternoon cuppa. We have plenty more sweet coconut recipes to try here...

Coconut Slice Recipe with Pink Grapefruit


Salted caramel shortbread

Sweet and salty flavours are an ongoing trend and this shortbread tray bake recipe is the perfect way to blend these flavours. It's quick and easy baking and will please a crowd.


Sticky toffee tray bake squares

The best tray bake with a double layer of caramel heaven. Use dulce de leche if you have it for this easy teatime treat. Bake it with one layer of rich caramel, then use it to ice the cake to finish. Everyone will love this.

Sticky Toffee Cake Recipe


Strawberry and pistachio sheet cake

A lovely summer pistachio cake with strawberry icing that’s worth the extra effort. When strawberries smell good, they should be at optimum ripeness and have flavour – perfect for this cake.

Strawberry and Pistachio Cake Recipe


Lemon and blueberry tray bake bars

These simple lemon and blueberry bars are seriously moorish, gooey on the inside and crunchy on the out, the ideal summertime picnic treat.

Lemon and blueberry slice


Honey nut cornflake and caramel bars

Just pour a glass of milk and call this breakfast – we won’t tell. These honey nut cornflake and caramel bars are easy to make but look impressive.

Honey nut cornflake and caramel bars


Caramel almond sheet cake slice

Caramel and almonds work really well together in this classic tray bake. Serve warm as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of melted chocolate, or cool and eat as a teatime treat.
Caramel Almond Tart Recipe


Texas sheet cake

Sheet cake is a standard baking treat in Texas, and we're getting involved with our version of the chocolatey tray bake. We've bumped up the topping with lots of chocolate to make an easy idea for a birthday cake, or simply to enjoy as an afternoon snack. This recipe also makes a great base for a children's birthday cake, we have plenty more birthday cake ideas here.


Raspberry and pistachio linzer tart

Our delicious raspberry and pistachio linzer tart tray bake takes a while but it is well worth the effort. It looks fantastic and is the perfect jammy treat to go alongside a cup of tea.
Raspberry and Pistachio Linzer Tart Tecipe


Toffee apple sheet cake

Our recipe for toffee apple dump cake is easy to make and perfect for entertaining friends and family. Drizzle extra toffee or caramel sauce for a more indulgent tea time treat.

toffee apple dump cake


Nut and oat breakfast bars

A healthy on-the-go breakfast or anytime snack, these nut and oat breakfast bars are packed with goodness and provide a real energy boost. You can add a sprinkling of chia, flax or other seeds too. More low calorie breakfast ideas here, folks!


Jammy simnel flapjacks with scorched marzipan

These flapjacks are packed with cherries, mixed spice and almonds and are easy to make. Try this traybake recipe for an indulgent teatime treat.

Gooey Flapjack Recipe with Marzipan


Caramel and banana blondies

Blondies are the white chocolate version of brownies. This easy tray bake is also packed with banana and rich caramel. Serve at teatime or warm with a scoop of ice-cream for pudding.
Caramel Banana Blondies Recipe


Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a great easy tray bake. These oaty bars are sticky with golden syrup and brown sugar. Serve them up with a cup of tea or pack into lunch boxes for an energy hit.

Flapjack Recipe


Baked blueberry cheesecake

Check out this indulgent creamy baked blueberry cheesecake. This easy recipe is super simple to make, and is a real crowd pleaser.

Baked blueberry cheesecake


Raspberry and white chocolate blondies

Cooking the butter until nutty and golden gives these blondies the edge before they’ve even made it to the oven. Scatter in blackberries instead of raspberries as the seasons change.

Raspberry and white chocolate blondies


Raspberry and lemon flapjacks

Flapjacks make the best after-school or mid-afternoon treat. With a delicious layer of raspberries these oat bars are sure to be a hit with friends and family.

Raspberry and lemon flapjacks


Crème Egg brownie cake

Chocolate cake + Cadbury's Creme Eggs = HEAVEN. Whip up our chocolate traybake for a special Easter treat, or make it any time of the year (we certainly do)!

Creme Egg Brownie Cake Recipe


Nectarine, coconut and lime tray-tart

This nectarine, coconut and lime tray-tart is easy to make, vegetarian and gluten-free. Served with a scoop of coconut ice cream, it makes a great pud.


Salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road

Our salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road squares are a great twist on a classic and will please everyone. Plus, they're really easy and only take 15 minutes of work.

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