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Rock Cakes with Jam

October 16, 2013

Rock Cakes recipe | Sugar Thumb

This is another nostalgicΒ  (and lazy) bake. Back in school we used to have home economics lessons aka cooking and rock cakes were always a recurring theme. They were what our teacher considered easy, but many of us, at the age of 12, were simply at a loss. Too busy gossiping about what we would wear to the school disco and paying no attention to how long they had been in the oven, they came out like actual rocks. Grey and inpenetratably solid. MMmmmm.

Luckily, since the age of 12, I have perfected the art a bit more. I am not a fan of completely scruffy looking rock cakes, so this is my slightly neater … more “uptight” version. They go really well with some thick berry jam – in fact they go pretty well with anything sweet. Slap some nutella / honey / even fruit yoghurt on it and it will be a dream. And MAPLE SYRUP. Add some maple syrup to some jam and whack it on… you will literally hear a choir singing a melody on your tastebuds. LITERALLY (but not really).

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Also – I have recently bought a jar of fluff. My friend Mark used to eat the stuff out of the jar with a spoon and I only bought it for some frosting… but I have to say, it gives me the heeby jeebies to think about spreading it on bread. Isn’t too sticky? Anyway, any advice on how to use fluff as a spread with the greatest effect would be much appreciated.

Here is the recipe for

Rock Cakes:

225g self-raising flour

75g caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

180g butter, cubed

150g raisins or sultanas

1 free-range egg

1 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Add the flour, sugar and baking powder to a bowl and mix and rub in the cubed butter until it looks like breadcrumbs, then add in the sultanas or raisins.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, vanilla extract and milk together.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry one and stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together as a thick, lumpy dough. Add a teaspoon more milk if you really need it to make the mixture stick together.
  5. Use a biscuit pastry cutter (size of your choice) to cut pastry into equal sizes and place with space between ( they will flatten) on the baking tray.
  6. Bake for 15 mins, until they are golden on the outside. Allow to cool on a wire rack

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I wanted to acknowledge that today is World Food Day – a day to think about those who are without food and who are starving and to try and help in the struggle against hunger. Check out the World Food Day Twitter and Michael Kors for more information about how you can help. Donate to the World Food Programme here.Β  I love food, so it would be great if everyone could have nutritious meals everyday.

Trisha x

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  • Reply Alecia October 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    love that – you will literally hear a choir singing a melody on your taste buds! HA! looks so good.

    • Reply Trisha October 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      hahaha – it’s the best way I could describe it πŸ˜€

  • Reply Nik@ABrownTable October 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I have never tried a rock cake before, they look pretty darn good!

    • Reply Trisha October 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Oooo give them a go. Super easy !

  • Reply Dania October 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

    ein feines rezept, dass ich mit dem wirbelwind backen kann! danke!
    a fine recipe that I can bake with my little son – he loves baking!
    liebe grüße

    • Reply Trisha October 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Danke Dania πŸ™‚ xx

  • Reply Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} October 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Loooove rock cakes! I agree they do look pretty ugly sometimes so I’d probably have to make a ‘neat’ version if I do make a homemade batch too. Yours look beautiful πŸ˜€

    • Reply Trisha October 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Irene – glad someone else likes a neat looking cake πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Judith October 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

    No idea about the Fluff. I remember I had it as a teenager once, but I guess I ate in on bread but as a frosting it would be so much better. Yummm! I’m currently trying to master soft cakes with a nice crust (a butternut spice cake in the oven tonight) but never tried rock cakes. Yours look really pretty!

    • Reply Trisha October 30, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Judith! wow butternut spice cake sound amazing! will it be on joelix?

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