Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes

Nov 15, 2017

As I now have more time, and have been inspired by watching “The Great British Bake Off” on TV recently, I have added some new sections to my website, where I will be sharing my limited skills as a Domestic Goddess, and Gardener.

I learned to bake as a very small child. I remember, many very happy hours, spent with my Grandmother, who was an amazing baker, she brought me my first cookery book, and I still have it, and also still use some of the recipies.

With all the fun of packing up my belongings to move, I found my “How to do Baking” book, and inside it are scraps of paper, old envelopes, and cards with family favourite recipies written on them. Looks like I need to neaten this up!

And it also looks like I am ready to have some fun again this summer! Vodka Cocktails anyone?

Anyway… less of my memories, and more about Rock Cakes, or Rock Buns as they are also called.

These are very moreish, and are perfect for the kids when they come in from school, to tide them over until dinner time, great with a glass of cold milk, or with a cuppa for elevenses. 🙂
They are light and tasty, and should be spongy in the middle, but not soggy. Nor should they be like rocks!!

You can use mixed dried fruit, or just sultanas, or cherries, apricots, anything you like, they are even great with chopped nuts or some seeds in them.

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes Oven: 200˚C, 400˚F, Gas Mark 6

Sieve together the flour, salt, and mixed spice.

Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the fruit and sugar.

Lightly beat the egg and milk together and pour into the ingredients.

Mix well with a fork, to a stiff, rough dough.

Grease a baking tray.

Put 12 spoonfuls of dough on to greased baking tray, and lightly rough up with fork.

Sprinkle each with a little soft brown sugar.

Bake in moderate oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Before you know where you are this is all you will have left 🙂

Have fun,



  1. Melissa Snook

    I was just searching for the next parts to the faith cal, I’m so behind, and found this recipe. Now I’m further behind in the cal but I have just eaten a rock cake warm with butter on it.. it’s elevenses time here and these are delicious. thanks Helen

  2. ineke mooijenkind
  3. Leslie Kotwica

    Well, I learned 2 new words from this blog =o) FUN!!! 1) elevenses; 2) sultanas. These sound delicious. I don’t think we have sultanas in Colorado, USA, but we do have golden raisins. I think I will give these a try. By the way, I too, love the Great British Baking Show – impatiently waiting for the next season!!! =o)

  4. Siri

    Hello Helen, your Rock Cakes remind me of scones I had with a fabulous cream tea in Durdle Door ages ago. I would love to bake those Little critters, but living in Germany is sometimes hard as we don’t have selfrising flour. Is it possible to use normal all purpose wheat flour and add baking powder? And what about the mixed spice? Is it more on the christmasy side with anis, nutmeg, cinnamon or more neutral like vanilla, tonka bean or saffron?

    • Helen

      hi 🙂 yes absolutely use all purpose or plain flour and add baking powder 🙂

  5. Margaret Storr

    This made me feel nostalgic and reminds me of when I used to do baking with my girls. Perhaps I should get the baking equipment out again!

  6. Karen

    Helen thank you for sharing this with us. Such a wonderful memory. <3

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