5 best fridge cakes

Get kids cooking with these easy no-bake treats – perfect for school cake sales!

Written by Sarah Woodall

 

I open my child’s book bag and THERE it is, a little slip of paper from school:

We’re organising a charity bake sale and we want YOU, our lovely parents, to contribute homebaked goods! Unleash your inner Mary Berry and show us what you can do!!!!

And that’s when my heart sinks like an undercooked sponge. There are so many things going on in this note. The guilt piled on by “charity”, the specification of “homemade”, which rules out buying a £1 tray of fairy cakes from Tesco, the overuse of exclamation marks to make something threatening sound fun!!!!

The way I see it, I have two options. Take the kids out of school and homeschool them instead, which is appealing until I remember how much I like packing them off to school.

Or, cheat the system and find a foolproof recipe. These delicious ideas for crowdpleasing fridge cakes are easy, quick and the kids can do most of the making. Ready, steady… DON’T BAKE!

1) Malteser cake: terrific tiffin with a twist!

What you’ll need: 100g unsalted butter, 200g milk chocolate, 2 tbsp golden syrup, 125g digestive biscuits, 135g bag of Maltesers

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do the prep:

1. They can snip baking paper to line a tin.
2. Weigh the butter, milk chocolate, biscuits and Maltesers.
3. Then they can break up the chocolate and bash the biscuits.

Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

2) Rice Krispie fridge cake: a twist on a traditional favourite.

 

What you’ll need: 300g dark chocolate, 100g butter, 140g golden syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 200g biscuit, 100g sultanas, 85g Rice Krispies, 50g white chocolate, approx 100g Mini Eggs (optional)

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do this prep:

1. They can snip baking paper to line a tin.
2. Weigh the butter, chocolate, biscuits, cereal, sultanas and Mini Eggs.
3. Then they can break up the chocolate and bash the biscuits.

Find the rest of the recipe here.

 Credit: BBC Good Food

3) Chocolate cornflake cakes: an instant classic!

What you’ll need: 50g butter, 100g milk or dark chocolate, 100g cornflakes, cake cases

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do this prep:

1. Spread out the cake cases on a baking tray.
2. Weigh the butter, chocolate and cornflakes.
3. Then they can break up the chocolate and pop it in a bowl with the butter and golden syrup.

Find the rest of the recipe here.

 Credit: BBC Good Food

4) Fifteens: a famous Irish chocolate fridge cake.

What you’ll need: 15 digestive biscuits, 15 marshmallows, 15 glacè cherries, 200ml condensed milk, 100g desiccated coconut

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do this prep:

1. Count the ingredients – it’s 15 of everything!
2. While they are doing that, cut each marshmallow into 4 and cut the cherries into halves
3. Now, they can help weigh the coconut and pour everything into a bowl.

Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

5) Chocolate crunch bars: like rocky road, this combines biscuits, marshmallows plus your own personal touch.

What you’ll need: 100g butter, 300g dark chocolate, 3 tbsp golden syrup, 140g rich tea biscuits or kids sugar-fee biscuits, 12 pink marshmallows, plus your own choice of… Milky Way/Crunchie bars/jelly sweets (approx. 55g)

What to do:
Ask your kids to help you do this prep:

1. They can weigh out all the ingredients.
2. Then break up the chocolate, crush the biscuits, chop the butter and break any other chocolate bars or sweets you want to add.

Find the rest of the recipe here.

Credit: BBC Good Food

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