These chocolate cornflakes cakes are a crispy, crunchy no bake dessert that is so quick and simple.

  • Rich chocolate flavour.
  • So crunchy from cornflakes.
  • So quick and easy, even the kids can get involved.
  • Perfect for parties, potlucks, fetes or even for gifting.

These crunchy cornflake no bake treats are known to the French as roses des sables which essentially translates to roses of the sand. They are named after the desert rose since they have such a similar look.

These are basically a chocolate version of these honey joys.

11 chocolate cornflake cakes in a muffin tray.

Ingredients you’ll need

There are just a handful of ingredients for chocolate cornflake cakes.

Ingredients for chocolate cornflake cakes on a baking tray.

Detailed quantities and instructions in the recipe card below.

  • Cornflakes: Any brand will technically work but the classic Kelloggs cornflakes are so perfectly crunchy for these and available pretty much worldwide. Make sure to use a fresh pack.
  • Chocolate: You want a good quality dark chocolate here. I use a combination of 2 types so that I can get a 60% cocoa level which is perfect. Some brands of chocolate melt much easier than others – I find Lindt is my favourite as it gets nice and fluid making it easier to coat the cornflakes. I use their 70% Smooth blend, then cut it with 50% Cadbury old gold.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter.
  • Golden syrup: golden syrup is an amber coloured treacle. It’s much lighter in flavour than treacle and more caramelly. It’s available in most parts of the world but if you’re having trouble finding it, you can swap it for rice malt syrup (brown rice syrup). Honey will also work but will add it’s unique flavour. You could also use dark corn syrup if you have it.

How to make chocolate cornflake cakes (step-by-step)

These crunchy chocolate cornflake clusters take next to no time to make – like 15 minutes and they’re just so easy.

A collage showing how to make chocolate cornflake cakes.

Detailed quantities and instructions in the recipe card below.

  1. Melt together the chocolate, butter and golden syrup.
  2. Stir in the salt.
  3. Toss the cornflakes in the melted chocolate syrup.
  4. Spoon evenly into paper cupcake cases.
  5. Chill until set – about 1 hour.

You can eat them cold, straight from the fridge but I love them when they’ve been at room temperature for 5-10 minutes and the chocolate softens a bit.

Tips and tricks

  • Use fresh cornflakes: So that you get super crunchy roses des sables, make sure to use a fresh box of cornflakes, preferably not the open pack that’s been sitting it the pantry for a while.
  • Don’t press them down: Don’t press them down into the cupcakes cases, this way they sit high and stay flaky and crackly. I just prefer them more flaky than compact but do what feels right for you here.
  • Turn them into nests: At Easter time, turn your chocolate cornflake clusters into easter nests and fill with mini eggs.
A stack of 3 chocolate cornflake cakes.


What chocolate is best for cornflake cakes?

I find dark chocolate best for its intense chocolate flavour, however, if you’d like them a bit sweeter, feel free to cut the dark chocolate with an equal amount of milk chocolate.

How to make chocolate cornflake cakes without golden syrup

You can swap the golden syrup for rice malt syrup (brown rice syrup) or even dark corn syrup if you have it. You can also use honey but it will impart some of it’s distinctive flavour. Or leave the syrup out altogether.

Are chocolate cornflakes cake gluten free?

You can make chocolate cornflake cakes gluten free by simply using gluten free cornflakes.

Can you make chocolate cornflake cakes without syrup?

Yes, you can. You can simply leave the syrup out. In fact, the French style roses des sables often have no syrup at all.


Store these chocolate cornflakes cakes in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Over time, the cornflakes will begin to soften so they’re best eaten fresh.

Don’t store them at room temperature or the chocolate will soften too much and they’ll fall apart. They should also not be frozen.

A chocolate cornflake cake on an angle.

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Top down view of chocolate cornflake cakes in a muffin tray.
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Chocolate cornflake cakes are crunchy, chocolatey and so easy to make. Just 4 ingredients are all you need for this no bake treat and they’re perfect for parties and pretty enough to gift.


  • 4 ½ cups corn flakes (165g / 5.8oz)
  • 55 g unsalted butter (¼ cup / ½ stick / 2 oz)
  • 200 g dark chocolate, finely chopped (7oz) (notes 1)
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup (or rice malt syrup/honey) (8 teaspoons, see notes 2 & 3).
  • pinch fine sea salt

For best results, always weigh ingredients where a weight is provided



  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine the butter, chocolate and syrup. Stir until melted and combined. Set aside for 2 minutes.
  • Place the cornflakes in a large mixing bowl then pour the chocolate mixture over the top. Fold together gently until fully coated.
  • Spoon into paper cases and chill until set – about 1 hour.
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  1. Chocolate: I use a combination of Lindt 70% Smooth Blend and Cadbury Old Gold 50% to get a 60% cocoa flavour). Lindt melts so beautifully. Some chocolates will not become as fluid when they’re melted and this means it’s a bit trickier to coat all the cornflakes. If you have a thicker chocolate that isn’t coating the cornflakes as well, you can melt a little more and add it to the mix.
  2. Tablespoons: I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon, equal to 4 teaspoons worldwide. As they vary around the world, check your spoon volume before measuring.
  3. Golden syrup: Golden syrup is used a lot in Australia. It’s thickness is somewhere between maple syrup and honey and it has a caramel flavour. You can substitute honey or rice malt syrup/ brown rice syrup. Honey will give a subtle honey flavour while the others won’t be too distinctive.

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cornflake Cakes (Roses Des Sables)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 367IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.