Chocolate cornflake cakes in pretty paper cases

Cooking with kids: Chocolate cornflake cakes

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(71 ratings)

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


  • 50g butter



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  • 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
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    Dark chocolate

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  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
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  • 100g cornflakes


  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 50g butter, 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks and 3 tbsp golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put 100g cornflakes in another large bowl.

  2. Grown ups: Melt the weighed 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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24th Mar, 2013
You certainly need more than 100g of chocolate to cover the flakes. I doubled the recipe and was hoping to get 24 cakes but even with 200g of chocolate I could only cover enough flakes to make 15 cakes.
20th Mar, 2013
I made these last night for a cake sale at my kids' school and they worked well but I too needed to add 50% more chocolate. The magic ingredient really is the golden syrup (used store's own brand to make it cheaper for the cake sale), it binds the cornflakes and makes them chewy. Will definitely make this again.
9th Mar, 2013
I did not add all of the golden syrup as I thought it would make it too sticky but had to add about 200g of chocolate to make them hold together 100g barely coated the flakes at all
14th Feb, 2013
Feel a bit bad here, I've never commented on a recipe before because I've always been perfectly happy* but I didn't like this. It was incredebly easy to make, the kids loved making it and eating it, it held together fine. My problem is it was far too sweet and stuck to my teeth even though, after a glance at the proportions I immediately halved the golden syrup but still more toffee flavour than chocolate. I'll give it another go and try using dark chocolate next time. *off to leave some positive feedback on previous (and more successful) recipes
8th Feb, 2013
This recipe works nicely and does hold together as long as cakes are left to set in the fridge. Very tasty, we put glacé cherries on the top of dark chocolate cakes which was very tasty and could be great for red nose day :)
14th Jan, 2013
Tasty little treats and easy to make, my little one had fun making and eating them :) I had no problems with them not sticking, you just need make sure you put in the fridge after making for them to harden and stick together :)
31st Oct, 2012
Had no probs at all with this recipe and the kids at my daughter's school loved them :-)
23rd Sep, 2012
This does not work -- won't hold together. Googling this problem I see that many people have a problem when the recipe calls for hard chocolate and the recommendations are to use cocoa powder


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