Recipes for Success: 7 Banging Cakes for Bonfire Night

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November…” And don’t leave it too late to plan your festive menu, either!


This Bonfire Night, treat your friends and family to some deliciously sweet treats in keeping with the occasion. From warming apple pies and spiced s’mores to filling sticky toffee puddings and cookies, who can resist some good, hearty comfort food at this time of year? Plus, between the roaring bonfire and the warming dessert, you’re sure to feel suitably satisfied all night!

Here are 10 traditional recipes – all featuring our world-famous Tate & Lyle sugars – to help you bake delicious desserts and cakes for Bonfire night. 


Apple Pie

Although toffee apples are most commonly synonymous with Bonfire Night, we have a sneaking suspicion that most of us often struggle to reach the apple through the alarmingly sugary candy coating! With that in mind, put your apples to better use and stick them in a traditional apple pie, sure to warm the very cockles of your heart! 

This simple and straightforward recipe yields an utterly mouthwatering apple pie perfect for a chilly winter evening.

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Churros With Cinnamon Sugar

Churros make the perfect snack for Bonfire Night. Simply bake a bunch of these sweet fried choux pastries beforehand, pop them in some tupperware, and take them with you to wherever you’re watching the fireworks. (Top tip: Smother them in chocolate to make them even more delicious!) 

Sprinkle your churros in Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar infused with delicious cinnamon, the ultimate warming and comforting winter spice.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake

Continuing the cinnamon theme, why not try your hand at our cinnamon swirl bundt cake? 

This recipe will make a fabulous addition to your winter baking repertoire. A slice of this soft, moist, cakey goodness will pair perfectly with a thermos of tea, coffee or hot chocolate – a true Bonfire Night must-bring!

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Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

Spiced Cookie S’mores

Despite their origins as a classic American camping and Bonfire Night snack, S’mores are massively popular here in the UK, too.

With melted marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between homemade, mixed spices biscuits, we reckon that if it’s your first time making S’mores, it certainly won’t be your last!

(Top tip: to make vegetarian S’mores, simply replace your chocolate spread with dark chocolate spread and pick up some gelatin-free marshmallows.)

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Spiced s'mores

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Toffee is a popular snack during bonfire season, so why not indulge in a homemade sticky toffee pudding? 

This popular, family-favourite recipe takes just to 20 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to bake – so you and your family and friends could be chowing down on this yummy cake in no time at all!

This recipe features Tate & Lyle Light Brown Soft Cane Sugar, giving your pudding buttery, caramel notes.

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Parkin is a scrumptious dessert that dates back to long before Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot. Nevertheless, it’s still enjoyed today, usually on or around Bonfire Night, and more traditionally on the first Sunday in November (known as ‘Parkin Sunday’). 

A sponge cake made with treacle, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, and ginger, Parkin should ideally be made and stored a day or two before you want to serve it. 

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Salted Caramel Brownies 

Last (but not least) on our list of dazzlingly delicious desserts and cakes for Bonfire Night, we have a dessert that’s delicious all year round – brownies. But not just any brownies, brownies with a sea-salted caramel topping! 

Rich, gooey and lip-lickingly more-ish, these snack-sized treats are sure to make a perfect addition to your Bonfire Night celebrations.

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Salted caramel brownies

Don’t forget the sweetest ingredients…

Before you start baking your delicious cakes for Bonfire Night, be sure to pick up all the sugars and syrups you’ll need to complete the recipes.

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