About my baking challenge

I discovered the joy of baking for the first time ever in 2013, shortly after my dear mum passed away from cancer. During 2014 I tried to bring these two things together in a positive way , have fun and raise some money for Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield where my mum passed away. Throughout the year I tried out new techniques and recipes from time to time ... and then sold some of my bakes for charity in my workplace. Since then I have continued to bake with some ups and downs .. and this blog charts my baking experiences, good and bad!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Charity Bake #5 - Easter chocolate cornflake nests

Hi everyone,
Well, easy peasy though these may be, I had never made Easter chocolate cornflake nests before, so as I'm very busy at work at the moment I thought they would be the perfect quick charity bake!

Easter chocolate cornflake nests

Serves: 24

450g cooking chocolate, broken into small pieces (I used a mixture of milk and dark)
125g butter
200g cornflakes
5 tbsp golden syrup
72 Cadbury's mini eggs

1. Melt the chocolate and butter gently in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring constantly  until completely smooth.
2. Stir in the golden syrup.
3. Place the cornflakes into a large bowl and pour the chocolate over. Stir gently with a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon to combine.
4. Place paper cases into 2 muffin trays, and spoon the mixture into them, wedging 3 mini eggs into the top of each cake.
5. Place in the refrigerator to cool and set for approx 1 hour.

I googled around and found several recipes, all with slightly different proportions of cornflakes and chocolate. Most seemed to use 100g of chocolate and 75-100g of cornflakes for 12 cakes; but several commenters had said this amount of chocolate isn't enough to bind the mixture. I can't emphasize this enough .. it isn't NEARLY enough. You definitely need 200g + of chocolate for each 100g of cornflakes. that's the reason i used a mixture of milk and dark chocolate - I used up the milk choc I intended for the job, and had to pull some dark choc out of the cupboard to top it up!!

Also I used less golden syrup than some recipes which use up to 2 tbsp per 100g of chocolate!  The other thing I would say is that I used medium size cupcake cases (not the largest) and didn't overfill them but this mixture made 19 cakes.

Having said all of the above they were one of the quickest and easiest things I have made, so i hope they'll go down well with my colleagues.

I would like to enter these into a couple of Easter baking challenges as follows:

We Should Cocoa (hosted by Rachel Cotterill) - Easter

Treat Petite (hosted this month by Cakeyboi and also by The Baking Explorer) - Spring Into Easter

That's all for today. I'll be back later with a fundraising update.

Update: well these seemed to go down an Easter treat - they were soon snapped up, and when I tried one I definitely think it was worth using the extra chocolate :-)

Amount raised: £18.00


  1. These are one of my favourites Pauline..they will be snapped up very quickly. Great tips re the amount of chocolate and syrup thanks so much xx

  2. A classic recipe Pauline - thank you so much for entering this tasty treat!