The BEST Cornflake Cakes (Vegan)

Get ready to indulge in a sweet and crunchy treat that has been a firm favourite of many generations. Cornflake cakes are a simple yet delicious dessert that are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. And these vegan and dairy free cornflake cakes have to be my new favourites! They’re chewy, crunchy & deliciously sweet all at the same time!  This recipe is a great one for kids too – especially for some fun family baking at Easter time – its so enjoyable and takes no time at all!

Oh, and corn is naturally gluten free, so that’s cool. Enjoy!

Cornflake Cakes are the PERFECT Treat

Cornflake cakes are a beloved treat that have been enjoyed by people in the UK (and I’m pretty sure, the world) of all ages for generations. With their crunchy texture, sweet flavour, and ease of preparation, they are the perfect dessert all day, every day.

Here’s Why Cornflake Cakes are the Perfect Treat:

  1. They’re Easy to Make: Cornflake cakes are one of the simplest desserts you can make. All you need are a few basic ingredients, a mixing bowl, and a few minutes of your time. This makes them the perfect treat for busy parents, students, or anyone who wants to satisfy their sweet tooth without spending hours in the kitchen.
  2. They’re Versatile: While traditional cornflake cakes are made with chocolate and syrup, you can customise them to your liking. Try adding nuts, dried fruit, or even spices like cinnamon or nutmeg for a unique twist on the classic recipe.
  3. They’re Fun to Eat: There’s something undeniably fun about eating cornflake cakes. The crunchy texture and chocolatey flavour make them a treat that everyone will enjoy.

The Origins of Cornflake Cakes

Cornflake cakes have been a popular dessert in the UK for many years. In fact, they were first introduced as a school dinner dessert in the 1930s. The cakes were made with cornflakes, syrup, and cocoa powder, and were a cheap and easy way to feed large groups of children.

Over time, cornflake cakes became a staple of bake sales and church fetes, where they were sold to raise money for charitable causes. Today, they remain a popular treat that can be found in bakeries, cafes, and homes all across the UK.

Whether you have fond memories of eating cornflake cakes as a child or are trying them for the first time, we hope you’ll agree that they are just delightful.

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TROUBLESHOOTING: “Why Do My Cornflake Cakes Go Soggy?

One of the most common problems when making cornflake cakes is that they can sometimes turn out soggy. This can be due to the chocolate mixture not being fully melted or the corn flakes not being coated evenly. To avoid this, make sure to melt the chocolate mixture slowly and stir in the corn flakes until they are fully coated.

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My Cornflake Cakes Recipe

Did you know that the ingredients for a cornflake cake can be both delicious and healthy? Take this recipe’s cornflake base, for example. With gluten-free cornflakes, maple syrup, coconut oil, cashew butter, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt, this base is not only packed with flavour, but also loaded with nutrients. Gluten-free cornflakes are a great source of fibre, while cashew butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats. Plus, using coconut oil instead of butter or margarine can provide a host of health benefits, such as improving cholesterol levels and boosting brain function.

But the real star of the show is the chocolate topping. Made with coconut oil, cocoa/cacao powder, and maple syrup, this topping is not only rich and decadent, but also contains a host of health benefits. Cocoa/cacao powder is high in antioxidants and can help improve heart health, while coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

So the next time you’re looking for a sweet treat that won’t compromise your health goals, consider whipping up a batch of these delicious and nutritious cornflake cakes. Your taste buds and your body will thank you!

No Bake Chocolate Cornflake Cakes (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Georgina Burgess
These have to be my new fave treats. They're chewy, crunchy & deliciously sweet all at the same time. This recipe is a great one for kids too – its so fun and takes no time at all! Cornflakes don't have to be just a breakfast cereal! They're actually very versatile and work amazingly in this recipe. Corn is naturally gluten free, and the recipe is also completely vegan
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12 Cakes


The Cornflake Base

  • 3 Cups Gluten Free Cornflakes
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 6 tbsp Smooth Cashew Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Pinch Salt

The Chocolate Topping

  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa / Cacao Powder
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup


  • Firstly, line a 9×9" brownie tin/tray with baking paper
  • Place the cornflakes in a large mixing bowl and crush by pressing down with your hands (very, very fun) until they're a lot smaller than their original size
  • In a medium sized saucepan melt the coconut oil, nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt over a medium heat – whisking thoroughly – until a (very inviting) liquid has formed
  • Pour this over the cornflakes and mix thoroughly with a large spoon
  • Spoon the cornflake mixture into the brownie tin and press down with the back of your spoon until even
  • Place this in the freezer to set while you make the chocolate topping
  • In a new pan, melt the coconut oil over a medium heat, then whisk in the cacao powder and maple syrup
  • Take out the cornflake tray and pour over the chocolate mixture until it evenly covers the base
  • Place this back in the freezer and leave for about 20-30 minutes to set
  • Take out and slice into squares (approximately 12)


Store these in the fridge or freezer – I actually prefer them straight from the freezer because they’re extra chewy and delicious
Keyword vegan dessert, vegan snacks
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Can You Use Stale Cornflakes In Cornflake Cakes?

Yes, you can use stale cornflakes in cornflake cakes. In fact, using stale cornflakes can be a great way to use up leftover cereal and prevent food waste (which I’m constantly trying to do!).

When cornflakes become stale, they may lose some of their crunchiness, but they will still work well in cornflake cakes as they will absorb the moisture from the melted chocolate and golden syrup. However, if the cornflakes are too stale and have become soft or chewy, they may not work as well and could make the texture of the cornflake cakes less enjoyable.

To prevent your cornflakes from going stale in the first place, it’s a good idea to store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge. This will help to keep them fresh and crunchy for longer.

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Vegan Cornflake Cake Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Replace the Cornflakes for Another Cereal?

Yes, absolutely you can! I love rice krispies, bran flakes, anything you like really! Maybe it’s worth trialing a cornflake-rice-bran-weetabix-cheerio cake?

What Vegan Chocolate Do You Use In These Cornflake Cakes?

I don’t have a specific favourite really. As long as it’s vegan, I’ll try it! I think for these I used Nomo (which I do love!)

Are these Cornflake Cakes Gluten Free?

As long as you follow this specific recipe, yes! This is one of those ‘accidentally GF’ recipes. It wasn’t specifically intended to be gluten free, it just happen to be so. But I’m not complaining.

Can you Freeze Chocolate Cornflake Cakes?

Yes, you can freeze chocolate cornflake cakes. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap or foil, then place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. To thaw, simply remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature until they are defrosted.

How Long Do Chocolate Cornflake Cakes Take To Set?

The time it takes for chocolate cornflake cakes to set will depend on a few factors, such as the temperature of the room and the thickness of the chocolate. In general, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for the chocolate to fully set and harden.

To speed up the process, you can place the chocolate cornflake cakes in the fridge or freezer for a shorter period of time. However, be careful not to leave them in the freezer for too long as this can cause the cornflakes to become soggy when they thaw. It’s best to check on the cakes regularly and remove them from the refrigerator or freezer once the chocolate has hardened to your desired consistency.

How Many Calories In A Chocolate Cornflake Cake?

The number of calories in a chocolate cornflake cake can vary depending on the specific recipe and serving size. However, one of these chocolate cornflake cakes made with vegan chocolate, cornflakes, and maple syrup can contain around 150-200 calories per cake (depending on how big you cut your slices!).

My Newest Cornflake Cake Variation

Giant Vegan Chocolate Cornflake Cake
This Vegan Chocolate Cornflake Cake is a twist on the British Easter classic. Enjoy it with any topping your like, from Vegan Mini-Eggs, to Candy Kitten Sweets!
Check out this recipe
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