Cherry mallow traybake

Cherry mallow traybake

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus cooling


Cuts into 15 squares
Sarah Cook's cute cakes are easy, cheap and, most importantly, fun to make

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced sponge only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal383
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars40g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.52g
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  • 250g pack butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 4 eggs



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  • 150ml pot natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g red glacé cherry, chopped
  • 50g white marshmallow, snipped into small chunks

To decorate

  • 250g white marshmallow
  • 5 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 8 red glacé cherries, halved


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 20 x 30cm baking or roasting tin with baking parchment. Beat together the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, yogurt and vanilla. Stir in the chopped cherries and snipped marshmallows. Scrape into the tin and bake for 25-35 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool.

  2. To decorate, put the marshmallows into a pan with the milk and gently melt, stirring. Scrape into a bowl and cool, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to spread. Spread over the cake, dot over the halved cherries and slice into 15 squares.

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8th Aug, 2018
This was a lovely moist cake. The topping was so easy to make and tasted yummy.
2nd Apr, 2015
Made this cake today, absolutely no problems with it, and it turned out fantastic. Can't see what the negative comments are about, the topping was fine and a really lovely change to boring icing or buttercream. Definitely give it a try I will absolutely be making this again, thanks for the recipe :-) xx
10th Nov, 2014
made it yesterday and everyone loved it!! read the comments and applied some of the suggestions..the cake turned out awesome!! However, the marshmallow I got was a bit too sweet, but definitely going to do this again!!!
28th Feb, 2014
Made this today, having first read all the comments. I poured the topping on when it was still pourable, which meant I wasted a little around the edges but it gave a lovely even finish. Yummy - will definately make again!
20th Mar, 2013
Made this for Comic Relief cake sale at work. Everyone who was quick enough to buy some loved it!!
2nd Mar, 2013
I'm glad I didn't read all the negative comments about the frosting; this recipe is lovely and the topping worked really well. Just make sure that all the marshmallow is stirred into the milk when it's still warm and keep an eye on it while it cools. You want to spread it when it's spreadable (not rocket science) and not cover with clingfilm (again not rocket science). As for the cake mix itself, it was dead easy, the only downside is that chopping cherries and marshmallows is a bit of a faf, but worth it as everyone who tried it thought it was delicious.
25th Feb, 2013
Had no problems with this recipe. Easy cake mix in one bowl-agree I would certainly add more cherries, or even coconut, just to vary the texture. I made frosting with pink marshmallows, put it onto a cold cake whilst still warm and it was fine. spread easy and set overnight. Like the idea of adding sprinkles, flowers etc
19th Jan, 2013
First time I made these cakes I put a glace icing on the top and they were very popular. This time I made the marshmallow topping. Nightmare to cut but warmed the knife and then much better. Very pleased with how they looked- then coved them in cling film :-((( they stuck to the cling film and came off. Had to make glace icing again!
29th Apr, 2012
I made these a couple of weeks ago and have to say I agree with some of the previous comments the cake mixture was nice but the marshmallow topping is impossible to work with! When you are spreading it on top of the cake it is pulling the cake mixture off and I too covered it with foil to keep fresh and this was a big mistake- the whole topping was pulled off along with the foil when we came to eat it! Tasted good but frustrating end result.
17th Apr, 2012
Great recipie just did it with sttrawberry some strawberry and some cherry yummy my little girls said as they tasted it thanx sarah for an amzing recipie


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