rock cakes recipe
5 from 4 votes

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. 

rock cakes made and served

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.

Fruity or Chocolate Rock Cakes

Fruity or Chocolate Rock Cakes

Recipe by Sally Laker
5 from 4 votes

Rock Cakes were originally a traditional British teatime treat in old days and popularity has spread around the world.

Course: SnacksCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time






  • 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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