Sweetie tray bake


For the cake:

  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 2-4tsp orange food colouring

To decorate:

  • 200g white chocolate
  • Smarties, M&Ms, Maltesers, Haribo, Dolly mix, sugar strands, chocolate buttons

The kids are going to love this delicious orange and white chocolate tray bake covered in melted chocolate and a variety of their favourite sweets.

This tray bake is really easy to make and only takes 25 mins to cook and 20 mins to prepare.

It is best stored in an airtight container and eaten within 3 days. This tray bake should serve 6-8 people.

This sweetie tray bake would make the perfect birthday cake and you don’t have to be neat when it comes to decorating – you could even get the kids to help you. From dolly mix to crunchy Maltesers, you can top this tray bake with pretty much anything you fancy.

Swap the orange for lemon or try making a chocolate orange tray bake instead by substituting some of the flour for cocoa powder instead – the possibilites are endless!


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line a small square baking tin (9in x 9in) with greaseproof paper.


Step 2

Mix all of the wet ingredients together with an electric hand whisk. Once combined add in the flour, baking powder, orange zest and orange food colouring and mix again.


Step 3

The mixture should be smooth and orange in colour. If you’re not happy with the colour of your cake mix add in some more food colouring and beat with a wooden spoon.


Step 4

Pour the mixture into the tray and bake for 20-25 mins until golden. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool. Once cooled, cut the edges off the bake using a bread knife. This will show off the colour of the sponge inside.


Step 5

Place your cake onto your chosen serving plate or board. Next, melt the white chocolate in a microwavable bowl and spoon over the cake and leave to cool.


Step 6

Spoon the rest of mixture on top of the cake letting it run down the edges. Giving your cake two coats of white chocolate will make sure there are no crumbs. Leave to cool a little, but not too long as you don’t want it to set.


Step 7

Cover in different sweets like M&Ms, Smarties, Haribos and leave to set on the side or in the fridge until it’s ready to be served.


  • Small square tray, 9in x 9in (1in/3cm height)
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Spatula
  • Bread knife

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