Kiddies’ dream traybake

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March 14, 2013 by dgarnett2013

Kiddies’ dream traybake: Annie Bell’s Gorgeous Cakes



For the cake:

  • 75g good quality cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 370g light muscovado sugar
  • 180ml vegetable oil
  • 200g self-raising flour, sifted

For the Icing:

  • 150g good chocolate
  • 3 tabs full cream milk
  • Smarties and hundreds & thousands for decorating.

Mix the bicarbonate of soda into the boiling water, then add the cocoa and whisk well to remove any lumps. Set this aside for about 20 minutes until it is cool.

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees fan-forced. Grease and line with baking paper a 23cm spring-form cake tin.

Using an electric mixer, whisk together the eggs, sugar and oil. Then add the flour and fold in. Now add the cocoa mix and fold through until well combined.


Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for 40-50 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. The cooking time may vary so place foil over the cake towards the end so the top doesnt’ burn while the inside continues to bake.

Remove from oven and leave to sit in tin for 5 minutes, before allowing cake to cool on a rack.


Place a heatproof bowl over a pot of very gently simmering water. Add the chocolate (broken into bits) and the milk to the bowl. Allow to melt, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon.
Allow the melted chocolate mix to cool before spreading it over the cake with a palette knife of the back of a spoon.

Then place smarties and hundreds and thousands on to the icing.

Made for Rose to take to nursery on her 3rd birthday.


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