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Our favourite traybake and cake bar recipes

by Lottie Huckle

published on 27 July 2016

No picnic should be without cake, but wrestling with a tricky-to-transport layer cake can leave you feeling grumpy rather than gratified. The solution? Traybakes. Traybakes and cake bars are easy to transport. they tend to be easier to make, and they will satisfy all your cake cravings. Here are a selection of our favourite picnic-perfect recipes. 

Nadiya Hussain’s Turmeric and Ginger Diamonds

Nadiya Hussain’s Turmeric and Ginger Diamonds

A simple cake with with a complex flavour profile, this Lebanese-inspired bake from Nadiya Hussain is topped with pine nuts and sesame seeds for added crunch.

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Nadiya Hussain

Bakewell Slice

Bakewell Slice

by Martha Swift

This recipe delivers all the delicious flavours of a Bakewell tart without any of the hassle. Thanks to its sturdy biscuit base, it’s a bake slices and stores especially well.

S’mores Rocky Road with Peanuts, Marshmallows and Chocolate

S’mores Rocky Road with Peanuts, Marshmallows and Chocolate

A brilliantly over-the-top fusion of three classic sweet treats: tiffin, s’mores and rocky road. Packed with marshmallows, nuts, and biscuit pieces, this is guaranteed to be a hit at your next outdoor gathering.

Mary’s Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake

Mary’s Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake

Getting your ginger cake fix has never been easier with this Mary Berry recipe from Great British Bake Off: Everyday: Over 100 Foolproof Bakes. Plus, as this is an all-in-one recipe, it’s a doddle to make. 

Raspberry Jam Puddle Brownies

Raspberry Jam Puddle Brownies

Nadiya Hussain adds sweet and sharp raspberry jam, taking the classic brownie to a whole new level.

Jammiest Coconut Cake

Jammiest Coconut Cake

Who could resist a slice of this retro-style cake? It’s the perfect combination of sticky jam, tropical coconut and buttery vanilla sponge.

The Ultimate Millionaire’s Shortbread

The Ultimate Millionaire’s Shortbread

We strongly advise you not to wait for the excuse of a picnic to make this millionaire’s shortbread from How Baking Works. It really is that good. 

Lemon Drizzle Slices

Lemon Drizzle Slices

by Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood upgrades the humble lemon drizzle cake with tangy lemon curd and delicately feathered icing.

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