Rock Cakes on a cooling tray with two mugs of coffee

Rock cakes

  • makes 12
  • Easy

A great bake for beginners, rock cakes are a bit like scones – just more rustic-looking, and sprinkled with demerara sugar


Bake a batch of rock cakes, then check out our fruit scones, Earl Grey teacakes, Welsh cakes and more afternoon tea recipes.



  • self-raising flour 220g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • mixed spice 2 tsp
  • salted butter 125g, cold and cubed
  • caster sugar 80g
  • mixed dried fruit 125g
  • egg 1 large
  • orange 1, zested
  • milk 3 tbsp
  • demerara sugar 1 tbsp, for sprinkling


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment. Tip the flour, baking powder and half the mixed spice into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture forms fine crumbs, you can also do this in the food processor.

  • Step 2

    Stir in the caster sugar, a pinch of salt and dried fruit, then add the egg, orange zest and milk. Mix to a fairly firm dough. Spoon 12 rough blobs of the mixture onto the baking sheet, leaving room for a little spreading. Mix together the demerara sugar and remaining mixed spice and sprinkle over the cakes. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown.

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