Sugar & spice rock cakes

Sugar & spice rock cakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Makes 10
Traditional fruit buns with a robust texture and craggy surface - add your chosen dried fruit and spices

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal211
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • 100g butter



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  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g mixed dried fruit
  • 1 egg, beaten



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  • 2 tbsp milk



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  • demerara sugar, or roughly crushed sugar cubes, for sprinkling


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Tip the flour, baking powder and 1 tsp spice into a bowl. Add the butter, cut into small pieces. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture forms fine crumbs (or do this in the food processor).

  2. Stir in the muscovado sugar and fruit, then add the egg and milk. Mix to a fairly firm dough. Spoon 10 rough blobs of the mixture onto the baking sheet, leaving room for a little spreading. Mix together the sugar and remaining mixed spice and sprinkle over the cakes. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown.

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Comments (19)

mandnlee's picture

These were fab. I used a double amount of fruit/nut mix chopped up, a few shards cut of cristalized ginger and the zest of half a lemon, but will use a whole one next time. My hubby said they were the best he'd tasted. High praise indeed. Thankyou gf.

rjkirk's picture

Try it with crystallised ginger! Mmmmmmm.

glasgow's picture

These are fab! Easy to make & they taste great. I used half raisins and half cranberries. They really do spread out when baking so make sure you you leave plenty of room.

shilpatij's picture

A great recipe with perfect results! I used raisins and glacé cherries - delicious! Will be trying out different dried fruits.

blackmore's picture

Tried this recipe...It was good!...tq so much!

calluna28's picture

A new favorite recipe! These rock cakes, rock! I have tried all kinds of variations and they always turn out very well! My oven runs a little hot so i haven't worked out the timings yet (12-14mins but can vary depending on size) so i tend to get a mixture of softer ones and ones that feel rock solid, but crumble when you bite them. But most of them get lovely and hard on the outside as the cool anyway.

Lemon sugar (or lemon juice with sugar) sprinkled/drizzled on top makes for a very tasty finish but they don't look quite a much like rocks.

thank you very much for the very nice recipe!

kimtolfrey's picture

This is the 3rd time of making these. Such a quick and easy thing for the family. I have now use all the left over dried fruit, choc chips, frozen blueberries and they still come out brilliantly.

ladyl1's picture

Loops meant to give 5stars!

ladyl1's picture

Oooh these were so yummy! I had no mixed spice, so followed a couple of suggestions here and used cinnamon, we're gorgeous, they didn't last long in our house!

mindymoo62's picture

Yummy! Felt nostalgic so I gave this recipe a try. Hadn't had rock cakes for years. Really easy to make and tasted fab. Did tweak the recipe though.... I used 100g wholemeal SR flour and 100g standard SR Flour, just to make them slightly more healthy. Also used 100g of raisins and extra 50g of cherries. I used caster sugar instead of muscovado as I didn't have any. And added a tspn of cinnamon. Baked as per recipe, and came out fabulous! Will make again soon with various fruit options. Give them a try, so easy!

lindad4a's picture

Have just made these using a mix of cranberries and sultanas with a few chocolate chips thrown in... dead easy and absolutely yummy!

hasselk's picture

Very nice recipe - to start playing around with. Perhaps cranberries & lemon zest, or almondflour & apricots, or cinnamon & chocolate chips?

avray1967's picture

Mine spread a bit more than expected. I called them soft cookies and my family (who have never heard of rock cakes) were quite impressed. Mine were very similar in texture to the Pepperidge farm soft cookies, I found.

I remember trying to make rock cakes as a child and they were like solid dry scones with currants and demerera. I'm not sure what passes for a rock cake in a british bakery these days but ..... I think my 'soft cookies' were a win!

louisewinder's picture

I didn't need quite as much milk and put extra cinammon in - yum

stroppyhippo71's picture

Absolutely delicious, will never use another rock cake receipe. :))

bakemeacake's picture

So quick and versitile, a perfect way to use left over random store cupboard items. I used dried cranberries and flaked almonds with dessicated coconut sprinkled on the top. This is a brilliant cheap last minute thing to bake before friends visit.

rose93's picture

These are wonderful with sultanas instead of mixed fruit, and the zest of one and a half lemons instead of mixed spice!

andiet's picture

Just made these. Not sure what they were supposed to be like, certainly not like the rock cakes I had as a child from my local bakery. Quite crumbly and did not need 2 tablespoons of milk or 20 minutes in the oven (or I fear they might have burnt!). Apart from that they were certainly very tasty, but not sure if I would make them again. Will be looking for another rock cake recipe.

alissa's picture

Lovely - really light and nicely spiced

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