Baking: Rock Cakes


A couple of weeks ago I posted about baking cheese scones and it was well received, so I thought it was time to write another baking post – but this time about something a little sweeter!

If you missed my cheese scone post then check out Baking: Cheese Scones.

Last weekend my partner Dave and I were craving something sweet. We were looking through recipes and Dave remembered how as a child he used to love making rock cakes with his mum so we decided to take a trip down memory lane.

Rock cakes are super easy to make as they are like a hybrid between a cake and a biscuit but without the need for cupcake cases or rolling out the biscuit dough!


225g Self Raising Flour

75g Caster Sugar

1 tsp Baking Powder

125g Unsalted Butter or Stork

150g Dried Fruit (We used sultanas but you can use any dried fruit – cherries would work well)

1 Egg

1 tbsp Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Extract 



1. Pre-heat the oven at 160 oc fan

2. Mix the flour, sugar & baking powder in a large bowl.

3. Cut the butter into cubes and rub into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.

4. Mix in the dried fruit so they are evenly distributed.

5. In a bowl beat together the egg, milk and vanilla extract.

6. Pour the egg mixture in with the dried fruit & dry ingredients.

7. Mix together with a wooden spoon until the mixture all comes together, if it is a bit dry then add a dash more milk to bind.


8. Line two baking trays with grease proof paper.

9. Place spoonful sized amounts into the baking tray, this mixture should make at least 12 rock cakes. Make sure you leave plenty of room between each cake as they will spread.

10. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. I found that 13 minutes was the perfect amount of time. The cakes should be a nice golden colour on top.


Yummy don’t these look delicious? They are so simple and quick to make.

This recipe is adapted from the rock cake recipe on the BBC Good Food Website – link to original recipe can be found here

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Please let me know if you have been inspired to give this a go. I love reading and replying to your comments.


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