rock cakes recipe

How to Make Irresistible Rock Cakes: A Simple and Delicious Recipe! | Can be made dairy free

Get ready to embark on a delightful baking adventure as we guide you through the process of creating mouth watering rock cakes. These rustic treats, packed with dried fruit and a hint of vanilla, are sure to delight your taste buds. Join us as we share a step-by-step recipe and showcase our baking journey in this delightful video. Let’s dive in and uncover the secrets to baking the perfect rock cakes! If you want to make a dairy free version simply substitute milk for your favourite plant based alternative. We have tried this recipe lately with plant based alternatives to milk including both oat milk and soya milk and the result was delicious.


  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 75g/2½oz caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 150g/5½oz dried fruit
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Baking Process:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) to ensure the perfect baking temperature.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the self-raising flour, caster sugar, and baking powder. Give it a gentle stir to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  3. Add the cubed unsalted butter to the bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. This technique helps create a crumbly texture in the finished rock cakes.
  4. Stir in the dried fruit, ensuring it is evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Feel free to experiment with your favorite dried fruits or a mix of different varieties.
  5. In a separate small bowl, beat the egg lightly with a fork. Add the milk and vanilla extract to the beaten egg and mix well.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and use a spoon to combine everything until a dough forms. Be careful not to overmix; a slightly lumpy texture is desirable for rock cakes.
  7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Using a spoon or your hands, divide the dough into equal-sized portions and place them onto the prepared tray. Remember, rock cakes are meant to have an irregular, rocky appearance, so don’t worry about perfect shapes.
  8. Bake the rock cakes in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. After 15 minutes, check their progress, and if they are still slightly soft in the middle, allow them to bake for a few more minutes.
  9. Once baked, remove the tray from the oven and transfer the rock cakes to a wire rack to cool completely. The enticing aroma wafting through your kitchen will be hard to resist!

Congratulations! You’ve successfully baked a batch of delectable rock cakes. These delightful treats offer a nostalgic charm and are perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or as an on-the-go snack. We hope you enjoyed following along with us in the video, and if you did, don’t forget to subscribe for more culinary adventures.

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