cornflake cakes recipe

Who doesn’t have any cornflakes in their pantry? The versatility of this cereal is fantastic – you can incorporate it in a trail mix (either savoury or sweet), use it as a coating crumb, as a crunchy sprinkle over salads, or include it in sweet bakes such as cookies or brownies.

Cornflakes are delightfully tasty as cereals by themselves. They can also be paired with a wide range of ingredients to make crispy cornflake cakes. This sweet snack is also called by other names such as cornflake clusters, cornflake crispies, and chocolate cornflake nests.

These are the chocolatiest cornflake clusters you will ever taste. It is also one of the best and simplest chocolate cornflake cakes. Like the school’s recipe, we’ll teach you how to make cornflake cakes made with golden syrup and butter. We also added some chocolate lusciousness to this classic recipe!

Cornflake Cake At Home

Effortless No-Cook Snack

These chocolate treats are easy to create in no time. They’re also convenient since you can prepare them even with just a handful of readily available ingredients. These treats are a fun snack to prepare with kids. Since they are simple to make, they can be a great way to introduce them to the kitchen. There’s no cooking or baking required for these chocolate cornflake cakes. You’ll only need to melt some ingredients. Our easy cornflake cake recipe doesn’t require a large bowl or microwave, just a large saucepan, a spoon and paper cupcake cases.

cornflake cakes in rainbow paper cups

Moreish Treat

Our chocolate cornflake cakes, very similar to crispy rice cakes, are wonderfully crunchy and highly chocolatey, made with milk chocolate and then combined with white, dark and milk chocolate chips. These no-bake chocolate cornflakes cakes make the most enjoyable treat for the whole family – kids and adults alike – and, of course, all those chocoholics out there!

For All Occasions

Also known as chocolate Easter nests, they are very popular as kids’ Easter treats that can be decorated with mini chocolate Easter eggs. These chocolate cornflake cakes are so versatile that they’re not just Easter-time treats with mini eggs. You can easily add seasonal ingredients to make them suitable for different holiday occasions. Try creating chocolate cornflake clusters with freeze-dried pumpkin pieces and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice mix for Halloween.

Easter treats

Make It Your Own

Be as creative as you like: you can add edible glitter, sprinkles, mini eggs, M&M’s, Smarties, crushed honeycomb, mini fudge pieces and more. For a delicious and nutty recipe, add a spoonful of your favourite peanut butter. You can make healthy chocolate cornflake cakes by adding freeze-dried raspberry or strawberries. You can also toss in some toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or even some chia seeds!

These cornflake crispies are popular at children’s parties and are equally popular for bake sales. Feel free to create mini ones by using mini cupcake cases. If you are looking for an adult version of this recipe, incorporate to this recipe some orange zest, crystallised ginger or lightly rum-soaked dried fruits! Perhaps swap out plain butter with salt crystal butter or golden syrup with honey for a distinctive, delicious sweetness.

Chocolate Cornflake Cake Tips

Use of Chocolate

To create top-notch chocolate cornflakes cakes, use milk or dark baking chocolate. This will melt well, retaining a smooth velvety consistency. Use edible chocolates with high cocoa content. Inexpensive chocolate sometimes goes grainy on melting and may not set well as cooking chocolate. Milk baking chocolate is used in our recipe. However, you can use dark chocolate if you prefer a more intense flavour.

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Try swapping cornflakes with gluten-free kind if required.


You can’t make cornflake cakes without syrup. And although golden syrup is already vegan and gluten-free, you may want to change it. You can use rice malt syrup for a milder sweetness. It is plant-based, but it does contain glutens.

Maple or agave syrup is unsuitable due to its more liquid consistency and will absorb the cornflakes more. However, depending on the brand, you could create soft, chewy cornflake clusters.


Make cornflake cakes without butter by substituting them with dairy-free margarine.


Replace dairy-based cooking chocolate with dairy-free chocolate for vegan crispies.

chocolate cornflake cakes ingredients


These golden syrup cornflake cakes, once set, should be stored in an air-tight container sealed container to retain freshness and flavour, keeping other food odours away. You can make these chocolatey cornflake cakes up to 3 days ahead of time, but they are best to consume on the day they are made. They will remain crisp and crunchy in the fridge for a couple of days, but they will steadily begin to soften over time.

Keeping them at room temperature is not recommended as the fat from the chocolate and butter will soften and absorb into the chocolate cornflakes, eventually creating a soft cake and unsetting the chocolate clusters.

Freezing these cornflake cakes is not ideal too: they’re too hard to eat straight from the freezer, and allowing them to reach room temperature will make the clusters soft, lacking crunchiness and the butter to leach.

cornflake cakes in a tray

Setting Time

Are you wondering how long do cornflake cakes take to set? The setting time for our chocolate cornflake cakes will depend on the type of chocolate used. On average, they will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to set. Setting it in the fridge helps the chocolate mixture to harden quickly.

A Piece of Cake

We hope you love making these delicious triple-chocolate cornflake cakes with syrup. Have fun with it, and try swapping out or adding extra yummy ingredients. Do remember you may need to increase the amount of chocolate used depending on the amount of serving. If you have any leftover cooking chocolate – dark chocolate, milk or white chocolate chips, why not create a melted chocolate sauce and drizzle it generously on each cornflake cake? You can never have enough chocolate!

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cornflake cakes recipe

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

  • Author: Judith Hughes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Are you curious to discover how to make our chocolate cornflake cake recipe with chocolate? Read on and let’s get cooking!



150 g cooking milk chocolate, small broken pieces

50 g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

100g cornflakes

30 g white chocolate chips

30g milk chocolate chips

30 g dark chocolate chips


1. Stand 12 paper cupcake cases on a tray or in a cupcake tray.

cupcake cases

2. In a large non-stick saucepan, place the butter, chocolate, and golden syrup together on very low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

3. Heat until the chocolate has fully melted and creates a thick sauce.

melt quality chocolate

4. Remove off heat and set aside. Allow the melted chocolate mixture to cool slightly for a minute or so.

5. While the sauce is cooling, gently pour in the cornflakes.

6. Mix the chocolate and cornflakes, making sure to coat all the flakes with the chocolate mixture.

7. Continue stirring until all the cornflakes are fully coated.

coat all the flakes with the chocolate mixture

8. Spoon the chocolate coated cornflake mixture evenly between the cases into the already pre-lined cupcake tray.

9. Gently press down so that the flakes stick together.

10. If you wish to add any toppings or additional ingredients, now is the time to do so.

11. Place the whole tray into the fridge to set.

12. Once set, you can remove the cornflake cakes from the cupcake cases or, if you like, leave them in the paper cases. You can also place the chocolate clusters in a container or resealable food bag and store them in the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 1 hour cooling time)
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Cuisine: British


  • Calories: 113

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