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chocolate tweed squares, childhood baking memories

Chocolate tweed squares, a simple tray bake reminiscent of childhood family gatherings.

Chocolate tweed squares remind me of home. In fact, cake and home bakes are always reminiscent of family gatherings.

All these sweet treats 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. 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. 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! 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”however at other times a much larger one!

What makes this recipe even more 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.

Alternative recipe suggestions:

If you enjoyed this recipe, other great bakes with kids include our Custard Creams, our Chocolate & Pecan Brownies, our Parkin, or for a no bake option our Chocolate Tiffin. If you enjoyed this bake have a look at our Ultimate Guide to Baking with Kids or our Best Cake Recipes post, full of great recipe suggestions for baking with children.

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Tweed Squares

Chocolate flakes buried in a moist vanilla cake, topped with a light buttercream and more glorious chocolate! These are the perfect childhood memory for me!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 493kcal



  • 225 g self raising flour
  • 1 t teaspoon baking powder
  • 220 g stork baking margarine
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • ½ c milk
  • 25 g dark chocolate (keep in freezer and grate into cake just before putting into pan)


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 1-2 t milk


  • 75 g dark chocolate
  • 25 g unsalted butter



  • Preheat oven to 170C. In a mixing bowl beat together the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl sift together the flour and baking powder.
  • Add the egg yolks to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Next beat the dry ingredients alternately with the milk till all incorporated.
  • In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites until think and stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites gently into the cake mixture. Finally grate the chocolate into the cake mixture and fold in carefully so as not to melt the chocolate as you still want “flecks” to bake into the cake.
  • Pour batter into a tray bake pan (approx 9″ x 13″) and bake in centre rack at 170C for 20-25 min until skewer comes out clean.


  • With a mixer beat the butter until light and creamy, this could take up to 5 minutes. Gradually add the icing sugar and continue to beat until well combined, about another 5 minutes. Add the milk to the icing to make it a more spreadable consistency.
  • Spread the icing over the cake mixture and allow to cool in refrigerator before adding chocolate topping.


  • Break up the chocolate into a glass bowl and melt with the butter over a pan of simmering water. Stir well and then once melted pour and spread over the icing and again place in fridge and leave to cool. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Tweed Squares
Amount Per Serving
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 192mg8%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1025IU21%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Baking
Cuisine : American, British
Keyword : Easy, Simple, traybake
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Moonsparkle (ZM)

Monday 18th of June 2018

I made thee the other day and they were nice. :) I'd never heard of them before. Thanks for sharing!



Thursday 21st of June 2018

Thank you, lovely to hear and glad you enjoyed them.:-)

Kat (The Baking Explorer)

Monday 7th of August 2017

I've not heard of these before, but they sound right up my street! I would end up scoffing a few pieces! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite and don't forget to add these to the linky on my page! I can't see them on there yet.


Tuesday 8th of August 2017

Thanks Kat, oops, I must have forgotten to add the link! Trying to do too many things at once! Will go do that now:-)

Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

Friday 4th of August 2017

These sound absolutely amazing, and clearly such a winner given that your Mum mae them for every family occassion. It's a bake I've not heard of before, but I know definitely want to try them! Thankyou for sharing with #BakingCrumbs ladies :-) Angela x


Tuesday 8th of August 2017

THanks Angela, I still love these now and they make a regular appearance at Guide Camps with my girls now too, which I think is fab! Cheers, Michelle x


Saturday 29th of July 2017

have never heard of these! They look delicious :)


Tuesday 1st of August 2017

Thanks Ema, very nice with an afternoon cup of tea!:-)

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

Friday 28th of July 2017

Ooooh I have not heard of Tweed Squares before but they look and sound so good! These are a must make! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x


Friday 28th of July 2017

They are very simple to make, but I love the flecks of chocolate through the cake, to give them that "tweed" look:-) Always something my mum made for every function, baby shower, wedding, funeral, graduation name it! She always kept them in the fridge as it was warm in the summer to stop them melting, and as a late night teenager there were many fridge raids!:-)