Rock Cake Recipe


Our Classic Rock Cake recipe invites you to embrace the essence of time-honored British teatime. Picture a tray of golden-brown morsels, each boasting a rugged exterior that whispers of homemade comfort. The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla fills the air as these crumbly creations emerge from the oven, promising a taste that transcends simplicity.

With a medley of dried fruit nestled within the dough, every bite is a delightful journey through textures and flavors. These rock cakes are not just a treat; they are a gesture of warmth and a callback to the joy of uncomplicated pleasures.

Rock Cake Recipe

Rock Cake Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 12 Rock Cakes
Calories 0.2 kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl:
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wire rack for cooling


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and diced
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit currants, raisins, or sultanas
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Prepare Dry Ingredients:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and ground cinnamon.

Incorporate Butter:

  • Add the cold, diced butter to the dry ingredients.
  • Rub the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Add Sugar and Fruit:

  • Stir in the granulated sugar and dried fruit, ensuring an even distribution.

Mix Wet Ingredients:

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, milk, and vanilla extract.

Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:

  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture.
  • Gently combine until just incorporated. Avoid overmixing; the charm of rock cakes lies in their irregular texture.

Form Dough Mounds:

  • Using a spoon, drop portions of the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, creating rough, uneven mounds.


  • Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the rock cakes turn golden brown on the edges.


  • Allow the rock cakes to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes.
  • Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Once cooled, your Classic Rock Cakes are ready to be enjoyed. Pair them with your favorite tea or coffee for a delightful teatime treat.


Adjust the type of dried fruit and spice quantities according to your preference. The irregular shapes and crumbly texture are characteristic of rock cakes, so embrace the rustic charm!
Keyword Bakery, Cake, Quick & Easy, Quick Meal, Rock Cake, Warm
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