Fruity or Chocolate Rock Cakes

I have always loved Rock Cakes, there is something so comforting in them and what better accompaniment to a lovely hot cuppa or hot chocolate in cold weather. Rock Cakes were originally a traditional British teatime treat in olden days and their popularity has spread around the world.

Due to the fact the old original recipes of Rock Cakes had less sugar and eggs than normal cakes they were promoted heavily at the time of WW2 rationing. Plus at the time you could use oatmeal when flour was not available. 

Here is my Rock Cake recipe to go with that lovely hot cuppa….

You will need:

2 x Oven trays covered with grease proof paper


8 oz Plain Flour

1/2 level teaspoon of Salt

2 level teaspoons of Baking Powder

2 1/2 oz Butter

2 1/2 oz Demerara Sugar

4 oz Raisins / Cherries or Chocolate drops

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of Milk


Heat your oven up to 180 Degrees

Sieve the flour , baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl

Chop up the butter and place in the flour. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs

Stir in the Raisins / Cherries or Chocolate drops

Beat the egg into the milk and pour into the middle of the mixture

Using a fork – stir it all in together

When it’s all mixed in, make the mixture into a ball using your hands

Divide the ball into 12 small balls and place 6 on each baking tray

Rough the mixture up with a fork a little bit

Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes

When nicely browned take out of the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack

Serve hot or cold 🙂

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Written by Sally Laker

Sally Laker grew up on the Isle of Wight and studied music at Chichester University. She worked as a store manager and medical administration assistant before going full-time with her cake-making business, Sally4Cakes. In 2014, she was named Home-Based Businesswoman Of The Year at the Kent Women In Business awards and in 2017 won Home Based Business of the Year at the Independent Business Awards Kent .
In 2016 she made the wedding cake for Gregg Wallace's marriage to Anna, which was featured in Hello Magazine, along with all the major UK newspapers and even on the TV !!
In 2019 Sally retired from her cake business and now works for a local business, Interpreting Matters, who help to provide sign language interpreters for deaf adults. She still bakes for family and friends in her spare time and is enjoying having time to explore the beautiful Kent countryside for the Baldhiker

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