This is a cracking chocolate traybake recipe that's great for parties because it's huge and you can go wild with the decorating. Our kids are big Bake Off fans and like to cut out and create individual cakes so that everyone has one each. It's up to you if you go for double layers!
- 175g self-raising flour
- 250g caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 50g cocoa powder
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 100g butter, softened
- Pinch of salt
- A couple of drops of vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons of boiling water
- 125ml milk
Any ingredients you would like to decorate it with - we made buttercream and topped with sprinkles.
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4 and grease/line a traybake tin (ours is 12" x 9").
2. In a small bowl, dissolve the cocoa powder with the boiling water and mix until it's a smooth paste.
3. This stage can be done by electric mixer or by hand: put all of the ingredients, including the cocoa paste, in a large bowl and mix well. It should come together and form a nice smooth batter.
4. Pour into the tin and spread flat so it's pushed into all corners.
5. Bake for around 30 minutes until it's relatively firm on top and starting to come away from the edges. Cook in the tin for 15 minutes.
6. Keep it as it is and cut into squares, or decorate it as you like (we made some buttercream and topped with sprinkles).
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