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32 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.

Ingredients

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

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

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


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


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


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 Almond Tart Recipe

Texas sheet cake


Raspberry and pistachio linzer tart

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

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


Salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road

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