I made these to take along to a Bonfire Night party last year - cornflake cakes are incredibly quick, simple and cheap to make and always go down a storm! The orange zest in these adds something a bit extra to the flavour. I added the buttercream flames just for fun!
Flaming Cornflake Cakes (makes 12)
- 3 tblsp golden syrup
- 3 tblsp butter
- 3 tblsp soft brown sugar
- 1 ½ tblsp cocoa, sifted
- Zest of 1 orange
- 3 cups cornflakes
For the buttercream icing
- 60g butter, at room temperature
- 250g icing sugar, sifted
- 2 - 4 tblsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- Red and yellow food colouring (preferably a paste rather than a liquid)
- Place 12 fairy cake cases into a bun tin.
- Put the golden syrup, butter and sugar in a microwaveable bowl and microwave on full power for 2 – 2½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds with a wooden spoon.
- Once the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved, stir in the cocoa and orange zest.
- Place the cornflakes in a large bowl and pour over the chocolatey mixture.
- Mix until all the cornflakes are coated.
- Spoon into cake cases and refridgerate until firm.
To make the icing:
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, 2 tblsp juice and half of the icing sugar until smooth.
- Add the rest of the icing sugar and beat until smooth and creamy, adding more juice if needed.
- Divide buttercream into two bowls. Colour one lot with red food colouring and the other with yellow.
- Put a medium, round nozzle into a piping bag.
- Put a spoonful of red icing down one side of the piping bag and a spoonful of yellow down the other side. Don’t add too much. Mix very slightly together, but do not overdo!
- Pipe small flame shapes into the centre of each cornflake cake – it should swirl the colours together!