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Red Velvet Traybake

Red Velvet Traybake

Light and moist red coloured sponge with a hint of chocolate, with cream cheese frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 493kcal
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 225 g Butter or baking spread softened
  • 225 g Caster sugar
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 125 ml Buttermilk
  • 225 g Self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • Red food colouring I use Pro Gel

For the frosting

  • 135 g Butter softened
  • 135 g Icing sugar
  • 270 g Full fat cream cheese
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract

For decoration

  • Sprinkles optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin
  • Make the sponge by mixing the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, ideally using an electric mixer
  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract and buttermilk, and whisk until fully incorporated
  • Add the red food colouring and whisk until a strong bright red colour is achieved
  • Add the self raising flour, bicaebonate of soda and cocoa powder and whisk in until you can't see any flour anymore
  • Pour the batter into the lined traybake tin and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a thin skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool fully
  • To make the cream cheese frosting use an electric hand whisk to mix the butter on it's own briefly until loosened and creamy. Then add the icing sugar and mix it in. Finally add the cream cheese and vanilla extract and mix until smooth
  • Smooth the buttercream onto the sponge using a palette knife, then add the sprinkles to decorate (if using)
  • Cut into squares to serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3 days


If you want to use plain flour (all purpose flour) instead of self raising, you will need to add 2 tsp baking powder to the recipe.


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg