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5 from 1 vote

Chocolate chip cake bars

Fancy a tasty, light chocolate chip tray bake with a chocolate cream cheese topping? It’s the sort of recipe that’s perfect for a bake sale.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: cakes and bakes
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake bars, chocolate cake, chocolate chip, chocolate chip cake, tray bake
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Emily Leary


For the sponge:

  • 200 g butter softened
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 30 ml whole milk
  • 50 g milk chocolate chips

For the topping:

  • 150 g cream cheese
  • 60 g milk chocolate
  • 20 g chocolate sprinkles


To make the sponge

  • Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan, 350F).
  • Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs.
  • Fold in the flour.
  • Stir in the milk - this will loosen the batter.
  • Pour into a lined square tin
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top
  • Bake for approximately 30 mins until the centre springs back is pressed gently.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the topping

  • Melt the chocolate using 10 second blasts in the microwave or over a bain marie.
  • Beat in the cream cheese until fully combined.
  • Spread over the sponge right to the edges.
  • Cover with the sprinkles.
  • Place on a board and cut with a sharp knife into 16 pieces.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg