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Cinnamon Rock Cakes

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Serves 1 - 8 Cakes

buttery, crumbly and simply melt in the mouth

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  • 226g self-raising flour
  • 113g demerara sugar plus some for sprinkling
  • 113g margarine
  • 113g dried mixed fruit (currants, sultanas, peel etc.)
  • 1 egg
  • a splash of milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (if, like me, you are cinnamons biggest fan, then add a whole tsp instead of half.)


    1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and then add the ground mixed spice and the cinnamon. Mix through well.
    2. Next, add the margarine and mix to resemble fine breadcrumbs with your fingers. Add the sugar and then mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Pour a beaten egg into the mixture until it comes together to a sticky, dough ball. You made need a little milk at this point but add it a splash at a time.
    3. Place the mixture in generous lumps on a baking tray and then sprinkle with sugar. Don't smooth them out too much at this stage as they look much better when cooked, if they remain lumpy.
    4. Bake in the oven for 10-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    5. Then Enjoy! They are perfect with cups of tea and coffee and delicious with clotted cream when still warm from the oven!!

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Comments (43)

traceycoletti's picture

Everyone loves these, and they re so eay. The only tweak I made was to mix cinnamon and all spice with the sugar to sprinkle on the cakes before baking....rather delicious.

sahara1601's picture

So yummy :)

clairatron's picture

Texture is great! Made it with a mix of fruit, nuts, candied peel, and instead of using only cinnamon and mixed spice, I used a bit of the following: nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla seeds. It elevated it to a whole new level!

flourgrader1's picture

Great recipe, a good old favourite with young and old! Mix the mixed fruit in at the sugar stage. Delicious when just cooling with a little butter. Enjoy

ritaeast's picture

When do l mix the dried fruit in good job l am a good cook and noticed your error hahhaaaaaaaa

janeylady's picture

Really scrum but I made them too big so they flattened out like biscuits. I agree add more cinnamon its really Chrismassy. I made double too, but would use a mixer next time.

jubzywubzy's picture

This is a fab recipie. I left out the cinnimon due to the other half not liking it and he adored them. Compared to other recipies I have used in the past this gives the best results.

lindseymartin's picture

Doubled the quantities as I was baking for a fair and added some finely grated lemon rind. Good flavour. This was evidenced by son who came in from a night out and ate three.

cockney74's picture

These are so easy to make, and delicious with a cup of coffe - warm from the oven. A great twist on the regualr rock cake recipe

juliakm15's picture

Yummy- although the stage for adding fruit could be added to help first timers.

amy3103's picture

I had a lot to make for so doubled the recipe - they were DELICIOUS! I shared them with my Grandma who has been making rock cakes for over 20 years and said that they were better than hers! Will definitely be making again :)

geoffbognor's picture

Very easy - well received by guests.

sparrowfield's picture

Nice recipe, but like others wondered when you put fruit in. Also my husband thought it wasn't really necessary to have the sugar on the top as it was a bit too sweet for his taste, but shall certainly try again.

cookray's picture

When do you put the fruit in?

hildev100's picture

Used a mix of sugars -granulated and light muscovado. Could have been more generous with the spice, less generous with the milk - ended up with paving slabs rather than rocks!, however, the texture and flavour were fine. I used a mixture of dried cranberries, raisins and choc chips.

slakin57's picture

They never hang around for long! Delicious!

sandrawhitby's picture

Brilliant recipe : ) very easy to make and delicious. Did I miss the bit on adding the sultanas as I had add them at the last minute. It was probably me eager to eat them!

staarbar's picture

So easy and delicious!

I accidentally made 6 giant buns! Oh dear! :p

Gave them 25 mins and they came out perfectly!

Won't last long!


antst200's picture

Great recipe but all those talking about when to add the fruit and it not being mentioned, its not rocket science! and If your having difficulty with it, step away from the cooker...


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