Cooking with kids: Chocolate cornflake cakes

Cooking with kids: Chocolate cornflake cakes

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus chilling


Makes 12

Everyone loves crispy cornflake cakes, whatever their age. Get the whole family in the kitchen to make these simple bites

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal121
  • fat6.1g
  • saturates3.7g
  • carbs15.1g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0.3g
  • protein1.3g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflake


  1. Children: Weigh out the ingredients. Older children can do this by themselves with supervision and little ones can help to pour or spoon ingredients into the weighing scales. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put the cornflakes in another large bowl.

  2. Grown ups: Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in the saucepan over a low heat or briefly in the microwave. Allow to cool a little before pouring over the cornflakes.

  3. Children: Stir the ingredients together gently using a wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases arranged on a muffin tray (or baking sheet, if you don’t have one). Grown ups will need to do this for younger children or simply arrange on a tray and let the mess happen. Put in the fridge to set.

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Comments (31)

cdh1003's picture

No idea why this has 4 stars; as others have commented, the ratio is way off. Suggest doubling the amount of chocolate.

janetinjersey's picture

I have always made these using drinking chocolate powder. Make little ones in small muffin cases. Only problem is hiding them from the adults before the kids get to them!

Reneelisab1's picture

I have made these for years. In my recipe I use cocoa powder, peanut butter, corn syrup, and corn flakes. Love!

woolcos's picture

I think the other reviewers are right - it doesn't cover the conrflakes like the picture but it still tastes really good and its enough sugar, butter and chocolate for kids so pretty spot on if you ask me. I added some chopped up glace cherries simply to make the activity last a little longer with my 3 year old twins - they enjoy snipping the cherries up with their scissors. Great recipe for kids as there is no egg so they can try and taste all the way through with no worries. Some of them even made it to the fridge!

Mytwolittlebears's picture

Forgot to rate, sorry!

Mytwolittlebears's picture

I made these for my daughter's sports day picnic. Add a little extra chocolate and stir well with a metal spoon. Perfect result. Maybe other users leaving bad reviews should just eat a chocolate bar!

Sarahsurrey's picture

I made these today, followed the recipe and they are perfect!!!!

dreddric's picture

The cakes in the picture obviously weren't made using this recipe, not enough chocolate to adequately cover the chocolate.

littlecabbage's picture

Agree with other reviewers - not enough chocolate mixture to cover cornflakes adequately, and taste is okay but not great.

suwinter's picture

I made these despite being a little uneasy at the 1:1 ratio of chocolate to cornflakes - hadn't made any since I was earning a badge at Brownies, so took the plunge.
As others have said, the ratio is not quite right. I will use 75g of cornflakes next time; they taste OK but not great and don't look very appetising. I certainly can't see that the ones in the heading picture were made with the ratios given!

Ed's wife's picture

johnm80 may wish to consult his Oxford dictionary for the definition of "your" and tread more carefully when criticising others' use of language.
The "cakes" were a doddle to make and seem to be setting nicely in the fridge. I used some bran flakes out of a packet of Fruit and Fibre I'm not too keen on ( or should I say, on which I am not too keen?) so they will be semi-healthy as well as tasty!

anncardus's picture

OK, the gluten free wholegrain rice krispies (Kallo) with the Pure Vegan Sunflower spread, normal golden syrup and double the quantity of dark chocolate (without dairy) seems to have worked; they are currently setting in the fridge. We found we could sneak about 140g of rice krispies into the mix having doubled the chocolate and this made 18 cakes.

anncardus's picture

I need to make some gluten, dairy, lactose and egg free vegetarian cakes to accommodate all of the dietary requirements of daughter's various classmates. I plan to use dark choc (double recipe quantity), vegan sunflower spread, golden syrup and gluten free rice krispies (I have no idea why manufacturers add barley to normal rice krispies). I'll let you know how I get on...

bacon-n-egg's picture

I would never go 1:1 always 1:1.5 or 1:2 in ratio of cereal to chocolate. They would be too dry otherwise. I use dark chocolate over weak milk and it has to be a dark cooking chocolate - using cheap sickily chocolate wont work. You'd be looking around the 50% cocoa mark too high a content and its too bitter.

zzze's picture

Aw mine didn't hold together much either. I used 50g of extra chocolate after reading other comments.

bella_89's picture

Having read some comments before making the chocolate cornflake cakes I altered the recipe slightly, using 150g chocolate and only 2 tbsp of golden syrup. The taste was great, not as chocolatey as I'd expected, but good enough! They didn't hold together as well as other recipes I've tried, but being in cake cases this wasn't really that big an issue. Definitely going to be a favourite in my house!

georgie4455's picture

I thought these chocolate cornflake cakes turned out great! I made them snack size and everyone really enjoyed them. The quantities were perfect and as I put them in the fridge they set. They are so good. I also wrote about them in my food blog:

rononsmum's picture

My son & I love making this recipe. I double it but use half milk half dark chocolate. I don't use all the syrup either but that's just personal choice. They're quick & easy to do & we love licking the spoons after! I always refrigerate them to get them to set but I think that's because I always have.

missmambo's picture

Super easy to make, really quick. Will deco set if you out in fridge as recommended! Much better than the average ''melt chocolate and stir in cornflakes recipe"... Much yummier! They went super fast and now have to make more.... :)


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rosyb109's picture

il ove these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):) :):):):):):):))))))))))))))))

rosyb109's picture

2 teaspoons water

rosyb109's picture

use coco powder insted of real chocolate 4 pudding spoons heaped also 4 golden syrup and 75g porride oats insted of corflakes