Sugar & spice rock cakes

Rock cakes

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • 100g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

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

    Egg

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  • 2 tbsp milk

    Milk

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

Method

  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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neezy1911
30th Mar, 2017
5.05
Very nice. I piled them up so they didn't spread too much. Quick and easy if you fancy something sweet.
mandnlee
4th Nov, 2016
3.8
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
27th Feb, 2016
Try it with crystallised ginger! Mmmmmmm.
glasgow
1st Oct, 2015
5.05
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.
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shilpatij
8th Mar, 2015
5.05
A great recipe with perfect results! I used raisins and glacé cherries - delicious! Will be trying out different dried fruits.
blackmore
12th Oct, 2014
3.8
Tried this recipe...It was good!...tq so much!
calluna28
23rd Jul, 2014
5.05
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
25th Mar, 2014
4.05
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
10th Sep, 2013
1.05
Loops meant to give 5stars!
ladyl1
10th Sep, 2013
1.05
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!

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