Chocolate traybake

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

Chocolate traybake

This is a recipe by Mary Berry. Its a traybake and is ideal for when you have a houseful, it seems to go a long away, its a great cake for sharing 😀

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 50g/1¾oz cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp boiling water
  • 100g/3½oz baking spread or soft butter
  • 275g/9¾oz caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 125ml/4fl oz milk
  • 175g/6oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the icing

  • 3-4 tbsp warmed, apricot jam
  • 100ml/3½fl oz double cream
  • 200g/7oz milk chocolate, finely chopped or grated

For the decoration

  • 100g/3½oz white chocolate

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 (160C fan).

Line an 8” x 12” tin with baking paper, if your tin is a bit bigger than this, it’s fine, the cake just won’t be as deep.

Put the cocoa in a large bowl, add the boiling water and mix until smooth. Add the baking spread or butter and beat into the cocoa until smooth, then add the remaining cake ingredients and mix until combined – this can be done in a mixer or by hand.

Pour into the tin, spread evenly and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until well risen, just firm to the touch and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out and peel off the baking parchment. Brush the top of the cake with apricot jam and leave to cool completely

For the icing, warm the cream in a small pan until hot, then add the milk chocolate and stir until completely melted and smooth. Leave to cool a little so that it is a thick pouring consistency (this won’t take long depending on room temperature). Pour the icing over the cake, spreading out with a palette knife to cover the cake completely.

To decorate, melt the white chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Place in a small piping bag, snip the end and pipe in lines down the cake, about 1cm/½in apart. Using a cocktail stick, drag through the white chocolate in opposite directions across the cake to give a feathered effect.

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk        Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk        Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk        Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk        Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk        Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk        Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk        Homemade Mary Barry chocolate traybake - Deanysdesigns.co.uk

3 Comments

  1. Very very sweet. There is NO need for so much sugar. I can’t understand why Mary says so much ?

  2. Ooops sorry Eileen I forgot to put that, I used an 8″ x 12″

  3. What size tin!

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