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13 Traybake Recipes to Try On A Cold Day


With the evenings turning colder and darker before the clock even strikes 6pm, a hot drink and a slice of cake has never sounded more appealing.

If you're looking for a quick and easy sweet treat to look forward to on your commute home, traybakes are ideal. They can be made using whatever toppings and flavors are desired, and can even be frozen.

So, why not get cozy in the kitcen and try one of these 15 traybake recipes?

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Poppy Seed Cheesecake

A combination of traditional cheesecake and poppy seed cake, this traybake is the best of both worlds. It's tasty, smells delicious, and is pretty good to look at too. Equal parts moist and fluffy, it's light and works well with a hot cup of Earl Grey tea.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 10 eggs
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sachets poppyseed flour
  • 8 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 sachets vanilla-flavored custard powder
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (optional, for decoration)
  • A handful of cranberries (optional, for decoration)
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a baking tray and dust with flour.
  2. Cut butter into chunks. In a bowl, mix the flour, 1 egg, butter, honey, salt and 1 cup of sugar using an immersion blender to make a dough. Wrap dough in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.
  3. In another bowl, mix the poppy seed flour, 3 eggs, and 2 tbsp cottage cheese.
  4. Beat the remaining sugar, vanilla sugar, and 7 eggs. Whisk with immersion blender until creamy. Stir in remaining cottage cheese, lemon juice, and custard powder until a smooth mixture is achieved. 
  5. Remove dough from refrigerator, roll out on a lightly floured surface, and place on the greased baking tray. Roll out so that the base of the baking tray is totally covered.
  6. Spread the poppy seed mixture over the dough. Pour the cottage cheese mixture on top and smooth.
  7. Bake in oven for 1 hour. Remove and allow the cake to cool down. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar and top with cranberries before cutting into squares.

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  • 1 shortcrust pastry
  • 3 cups / 750 g. of cherries
  • 1/3 cup / 60 g. of sugar
  • 2/3 cup / 60 g. of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • Pistachios
  • A dash of milk


  1. Mix the cherries and sugar together. Let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Spread or roll out the shortcrust pastry, sprinkle with almond powder and brown sugar.
  3. Place the cherries in the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of free dough on the edges. Fold in the edges.
  4. Brush with milk (this will make the crust go golden), sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F/180°C.
  5. Top with a handful of chopped pistachios, and serve!

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