Rock cakes

Rock cakes



  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 90g unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 9 mixed glace cherries (I used 3 red, 3 yellow and 3 green), chopped.
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup milk


Preheat the oven to 190°C.

Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl, then rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Stir in sugar and fruit.

Stir in egg and enough milk to give a stiff dough (should still be moist).

Place one tablespoon of mixture onto the trays, about 5cm apart.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.


  • I had forgotten how dull it is rubbing butter into flour.
  • Therapeutic, I guess. However, the kids love it because they get to play with flour and make a mess.
  • Traditionally rock cakes have mixed peel — everyone say ‘ugh’ — so I have replaced it with ‘traffic light’ glace cherries.
  • This is an excellent recipe for kids because it is all done in one bowl, with no heat (or help!) required until the oven is needed.
  • Hmm, you may need to chop the cherries if your kids are not safe when knife-wielding.
  • Recipe created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot.

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