Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes

A simple but classic indivudual English cake.
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Course: Afternoon Tea, Birthday parties, Snack
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 370kcal


  • 225 g self-rising flour 8 oz
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice ground, optional
  • 100 g butter 4 oz, soften the butter
  • 75 g demerara sugar 2 oz
  • 125 g mixed dried fruit 4 oz
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Lightly grease the baking sheet.
  • Measure flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
  • Add the sugar and dried fruit and mix to a stiff dough with the egg and milk, adding a little extra milk if the dough is too dry. If using a mixer, put everything in the bowl together
  • Spoon the mixture in rough mounds on the baking sheet using two teaspoons. Sprinkle with a little demerara sugar.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes, turning once, until just beginning to turn golden brown.
  • Carefully lift off the baking sheet and leave to cool on a wire rack.


**Best eaten fresh. Makes about 15 cakes.
These freeze really well and are great for packed lunches. Place one frozen in the packed lunch box and it will have thawed by the time you need to eat it.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 456IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg
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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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