Baking, Something sweet

Old skool rock cakes

I can remember making these in cookery class at primary school. They are so easy but a tasty classic that’s often forgotten.

So what do you need?

  •  350g plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 125g light brown sugar
  •  about ¼ nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g softened butter
  • 125g dried fruit (a mix of sultanas and raisins)
  • 1 large egg
  • a couple of tbsp milk

So what do you do?

Heat your oven to 190 degrees C / 375F. In a large bowl mix together the sugar and spices and reserve about a tbsp of the mix to sprinkle on the top of the rock cakes. Sift in the flour and baking powder then add the dried fruit and mix together. Next add the butter and mix in it will make a crumble like mix. In a small bowl beat the egg and add this and the mixture will start coming together into a dough. If it still seems a bit dry add a splash of milk. You should have a thick, quite dry, dough.


Then roughly spoon this onto a backing sheet (either greased or coved with baking parchment) into about 12 – 15 ‘rocks’, then sprinkle over the remaining sugar and spice mix.


Put them in the centre of the oven to cook for about 20 minutes, until golden. Check after about 15 mins to see how they are doing. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 5 mins before putting them on a wire rack. Enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of milk!


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