Recipe: No fuss crackling cakes for Fireworks Night

Katy Pearson recipe crackling cakes, bonfire bites
Crackling cakes – or bonfire bites if you prefer

Before we go any further, I’m not a cook, or a food blogger or even much of a foodie.

But this does mean that when it comes to grub, and the making of it, I’m a big fan of nothing too complicated. (If I’m following a recipe and there’s more than about ten ingredients my brain starts to weep.)

When it comes to fireworks parties, usually the general rule is everyone brings something. That “something” is usually expected to be homemade. Which generally requires a bit of effort and/or expense if you’re not going to embarrass yourself.

Which is why I came up with my crackling cakes (or bonfire bites if you prefer).

They are appropriately themed which makes up for the lack of finesse. Basically, they’re chocolate cornflake cakes – which are so simple that kids can make them – with added popping candy. They take no time at all to make, (I made these while the baby was having his afternoon nap) there’s nothing to prep and I’m not sure you can really mess them up!

Katy Pearson cakes
Super simple – all the ingredients that you need

So here’s the recipe…

Ingredients (makes about ten cakes)

  • 150g of milk chocolate
  • 60g of salted butter
  • 3tbs of golden syrup
  • 1 cereal bowl of cornflakes
  • 5 sachets of strawberry popping candy


  1. Put chocolate, butter and syrup in a saucepan.
  2. Warm over a low heat until melted.
  3. Take off the heat.
  4. Mix in cornflakes until totally coated.
  5. Put mixture into cake cases.
  6. Pour over three sachets of candy (some will pop!)
  7. Put cakes in fridge to harden for about an hour.
  8. Add two sachets of popping candy just before serving cakes.

And ta-dah! You have cakes that crackle more than any sparkler will do this bonfire night!

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