Rock Cakes

Rock cakes are a traditional tea time baked treat in the Great Britain. They were made during second world war when it was the time of strict rationing. The name rock cake or rock bun is because of its resemblance to the rocks.

I used paper liners instead of the baking tray and made them into individual cupcakes. Originally they are supposed to drop at spoonful directly on the baking tray. They were kind of chewy, slightly hard yet soft inside cakes and paired very well with tea or coffee.

Blogging Marathon#75 Week 3/Day 18
Sub Theme– Cupcakes and Muffins
Dish– Rock Cakes
Country– United Kingdom
Source– BBC


Rock Cakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

British style cupcakes made using minimal ingredients and without egg or butter which resembles like rocks.

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dried fruits and nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin case with paper liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl add self-raising flour, sugar, baking powder. Add in butter and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add in dried fruits and nuts. Finally, add milk and vanilla and combine.
  4. Add about two tablespoons of batter into each paper liner.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden.
  6. Remove from oven and let the rock cakes cool on wire rack.
Recipe Notes

Store in freezer in zip locks for a month or longer.


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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

9 comments on “Rock Cakes”

  1. Wow, rock cakes looks absolutely fabulous and sounds interesting. Cant wait to bake some soon.

  2. Cathleen says:

    Never heard of rock cakes before, but I would love to try these! Yum!

  3. The name rock cakes sounds interesting ! The addition of dried fruits must be making it rich .

  4. Namratha says:

    The history behind our marathon bakes are interesting. Great idea of baking these in liners.

  5. Sowmya :) says:

    Thes rock cakes look lovely. And interesting bit of history with regard to rationing in post war world. Lovely pick

  6. Very cute rock cakes 🙂

  7. yummm.. I am looking for recipes with self rising flour. This one is super awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Srivalli says:

    Very nice reading about the history of this bake, I am sure it helped in the time of need!

  9. Pavani N says:

    Interesting name and interesting story behind these cakes. They look great.

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