Chocolate, cake, home bakes, family gatherings – all of these things remind me of my childhood and growing up in a large family in Cape Breton. Cape Breton is known for its hospitality and you never leave someones house with an empty tummy – even if it was full when you arrive there will always be food and home baking on offer with a cup of tea!
We all have memories of childhood treats that we were given and enjoyed and those tastes bring us back to the days where we had no worries or responsibilities. This cake recipe is one of those tastes for me, a simple vanilla sponge flecked with tiny bits of chocolate, smothered with vanilla buttercream and topped in melted chocolate. This easy tray bake (or squares if your from Canada!) is something that my mother made for every wedding shower, graduation, Christmas or family get together. I remember raiding the refrigerator at all hours when I knew there was some hiding in there, sometimes just a small “square” other times a much larger one!
What makes this recipe even more reminiscent and special for me is the first time I made it for my own children, watching with enjoyment while the same delight came over their faces when they tasted it. And now hearing their Scottish accent ask me to make tweed squares sounds strange but at the same time totally pleasing. I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as generations have in mine.0