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Traditional Rock Cakes from a 1930s Recipe

May 30, 2017

Rock cakes are another teatime classic, which I love. These are ideal for a beginner baker and taste a little like mini scones. These can be rustled up in no time at all and are perfect for a casual afternoon tea. There are recipes for rock cakes in so many of my vintage recipe books, but this one from the 1930s is my favourite. I’ve adapted it a bit to allow for modern measures, ingredients and ovens. 


225g Flour

½ tsp Salt

2 tsp Baking Powder

85g Butter

85g Caster Sugar

1 Egg

115g Mixed Dried Fruit

A little milk


Preheat oven to 230ºc and prepare a greased baking tray.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the sugar and mix well.

Add the egg, dried fruit and a little milk until it forms a stiff mixture.

Place the mixture in small rough heaps onto the baking tray.

Bake for 10-15 minutes at the top of the oven.

Cool on a wire rack.

If you try these delicious rock cakes, let me know what you think. I love seeing pictures of your versions of my recipes. I am really enjoying sharing recipes on here again. I have done so much experimenting and baking recently, so watch this space for its more. Also be sure to check out the Baking section of the blog for lots and lots of vintage recipes.

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  • Reply
    Emma B
    June 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    These look delicious! Buttery and sumptuous. I can’t wait to have a go and show you my results! I remember having rock cakes at school although this was the 80s and they had a well of jam in the middle, not like this traditional beauties!

  • Reply
    June 7, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I’m laughing at the comment from Emma B, because I was just about to write something similar. I remember making rock cakes in cookery class in the 80’s; I don’t think they turned out as well as yours though! xx

  • Reply
    March 8, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Dough is good but 230 degree is way too high and burnt my buns.

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