Baking with my babies: Chocolate brownie cake tray bake with cream cheese frosting



Yesterday we made a chocolate brownie cake tray bake thing with chocolate cream cheese frosting. It’s not exactly a brownie because it has a more cake-y texture, but it’s baked in a brownie tin and has chocolate chunks, so it’s a cross-breed. Anyway , let’s just say I couldn’t stop myself at one piece.

Sophie’s favourite part of the process, as ever, was licking out the bowl. It is honestly the most peace I get all day long when I allow her to do this. A good 15 minutes.

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Kids can help with weighing and mixing the cake, and mixing and spreading the icing in this recipe.

Chocolate brownie cake tray bake with cream cheese frosting

  • Servings: cuts into 15 small pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 100g softened butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 75g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • About 50g chopped chocolate – white, milk, or dark, or a mixture
For the Frosting
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 75g full-fat cream cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Line a rectangular brownie pan with baking parchment, coming up two sides (to help lift the cake out later).
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time, with a tablespoon of flour. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder, and add the milk. Beat until well mixed. Stir in the chocolate chunks. Spoon into the tin and push out into the corners, levelling the top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, until risen and the sides start to come away from the tin. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the tin.
  4. Make the frosting. Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave (10-20 second bursts, stirring between each one, until melted and smooth). Beat in the cream cheese and allow to cool a little to thicken. Remove the cake from the tin by lifting up the baking parchment. Spread the frosting over the cake. We added sprinkles or you could use chocolate shavings or curls, or just leave it as it is. Cut into 15 rectangles to serve.


Baking with my babies: Wholewheat fudge brownies

Sophie and I have been getting up to lots of baking mischief in the kitchen recently. She’s now at an age where measuring, tipping, and stirring are really fun activities, and she also really enjoys eating the cakes afterwards! We’ve tried a few recipes. I keep things simple because we have to fit in the entire process (except the actual baking) within 45 minutes, as that’s how long Matthew tends to sleep in the afternoon.

We made wholewheat brownies which were really delicious, more like a slightly fudgy cake than a brownie really but I’ll still call them brownies because of their shape.

Wholewheat fudge brownies

  • Servings: cuts into 16 squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 175g caster sugar
  • 60g wholewheat flour
  • 30g cocoa powder (I use Green and Black’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 125g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g plain chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Butter a brownie dish (I used a 9×9 inch tin).
  2. Gently melt the butter.
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients. Tip in the eggs and vanilla, give it a quick stir, then gently pour in the butter and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips and fold in.
  5. Tip it into the dish and flatten the top. Bake for about 30 minutes until a wafer-like crust forms on the top. Cool completely before cutting into squares.