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Rock Cakes


Prep Time:


Cooking Time:

10 to 15 minutes




  • 8 ounces self-rising flour
  • Quarter level teaspoon salt
  • Pinch mixed spice (all-spice is the US substitute)
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces sugar
  • 3 ounces sultanas
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 -3 tablespoons milk
  • sprinkle Brown or white sugar


Here’s another VERY old English recipe… one which is quick, easy and great to use if friends drop by one winter’s afternoon and you want to delight them with home-baking at tea-time. (More English measurements, however!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift the flour, salt and spices into a bowl.
Add the butter, cut into small pieces, and rub into flour mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Add the sugar and sultanas and mix thoroughly.
Lightly mix the egg and milk and then pour into the centre of the cake mix.
Using a fork mix into a rough dough – the mixture should be quite firm.
Spoon the mixture into 12 rough heaps on a greased baking tray, not too close together as they will flatten a little during baking.
Sprinkle a little sugar in the top of each one.

Place tray in centre of oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned.
Cool on a wire tray.