Prep Time: 20 minutes. Bake Time: 25 minutes. Makes: 1 Tray
With Easter coming up we wanted to share our classic and very popular recipe which is a hit with children too because it’s fun to make and even more fun to decorate.
Our Easter garden tray bake is the perfect centrepiece for your Easter lunch! So why not make something special this year with your family while you’re at home altogether and make some wonderful memories this year!
-125g self raising flour
-125g light soft brown sugar
-500g icing sugar
-1tbsp cocoa powder
-2 drops green food colouring
-1 egg- substitutes also available
For the decoration:
-Chocolate mini eggs
-Edible wafer flowers
-Feathers (not edible)
-Chicks (not edible)
We’ve used these but feel free to use anything you have 😉
1) Firstly pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3/ 325F/ 160C and line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Make sure the tin is either square or rectangle and at least 2cm deep.
2) Start off by creaming the butter and sugar until you have a light and fluffy mixture. Then add in the egg and mix well.
3) Next sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the wet mixture and mix everything altogether until it has combined really well.
4) Once your mixture is ready, pour into the tin filling about 3/4 of the way and bake in the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes. To check if it’s done get a butter knife and cut through the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean then it’s ready! Let it cool for a few minutes and then lift it out with the grease proof paper. Let the cake cool for another 15 minutes and in the meantime you can prepare your toppings!
5) While the tray bake is cooling, you can make the icing. To start put the icing sugar into a large bowl and add in a couple drops of water and mix until you have a smooth consistency. You want the icing to be smooth enough to spread across the cake without being too runny so it settles, if it’s too runny add more icing sugar. Once you have the perfect consistency add in a drop of the food colouring, add more drops if you want the green colour to be darker. This will be to resemble the grass on the cake (which will go onto the cake which represents the ground in the garden (soil).
6) Once your cake has cooled you can then spread or pipe the green icing across the whole tray bake. Finally now comes the fun part start decorating!!! You can arrange all your little extra treats and decorations across the whole garden 😉
We hope you have fun making this recipe and wishing you all a Happy Easter in advance!
Happy baking and decorating!