Sugar & spice rock cakes

Rock cakes

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(53 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Makes 10

Our easy, traditional rock cake recipe is the ideal afternoon treat. These simple fruit buns are a great storecupboard bake that everyone will enjoy

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

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • 100g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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Frantic Flapjack
11th Sep, 2018
These were lovely. Quick to make and tasted lovely and light. I added a handful of desiccated coconut as recommended by others. It really lifted the flavour.
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Helena Jones
29th Jul, 2018
Really easy quick mix to do with the kiddies! And very tastey too!
om aya
16th Jun, 2018
Just made these, didn't have any mixed spice, so used cinnamon, and chucked in a large handful of coconut flakes re sa kae's comment - they were LUSH, piled them high and they didn't spread. Will definitely being making these again (probably tomorrow!)
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sa kae
19th Feb, 2018
We call those drops in Trinidad. I love it most with a lot of coconut and raisins.
30th Mar, 2017
Very nice. I piled them up so they didn't spread too much. Quick and easy if you fancy something sweet.
4th Nov, 2016
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.
27th Feb, 2016
Try it with crystallised ginger! Mmmmmmm.
1st Oct, 2015
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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8th Mar, 2015
A great recipe with perfect results! I used raisins and glacé cherries - delicious! Will be trying out different dried fruits.
12th Oct, 2014
Tried this recipe...It was good!...tq so much!


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