Sugar & spice rock cakes

Rock cakes

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(56 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


  • 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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 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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23rd Jul, 2014
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!
25th Mar, 2014
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.
10th Sep, 2013
Loops meant to give 5stars!
10th Sep, 2013
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!
25th Apr, 2013
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!
21st Nov, 2012
Have just made these using a mix of cranberries and sultanas with a few chocolate chips thrown in... dead easy and absolutely yummy!
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17th Oct, 2012
Very nice recipe - to start playing around with. Perhaps cranberries & lemon zest, or almondflour & apricots, or cinnamon & chocolate chips?
16th Oct, 2012
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!
30th Jun, 2012
I didn't need quite as much milk and put extra cinammon in - yum
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28th Jun, 2012
Absolutely delicious, will never use another rock cake receipe. :))


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