Thursday, 8 May 2014

Baking tutorial...fruit rock cakes and chocolate rock cakes

Hi everyone,

As promised, I've been baking this evening. Starting off my baking tutorials with rock cakes. I also made chocolate rock cakes with a slightly different recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Rock cakes
5oz self-raising flour 
Pinch of salt
1tsp mixed spice
2oz marg
2oz caster sugar
1 egg 
4oz dried fruit
1tbsp demerera sugar

1. Weigh out your ingredients  (I find it easier to be organised so you're not rushing about looking for things half way through mixing etc)

2. Put the flour, salt and spice into a large mixing bowl. Rub the marg in using your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs (shake the bowl gently from side to side so the larger lumps surface to check)

3. Stir in the caster sugar and fruit.

4. Beat the egg and stir into the mixture.

5. Place heaps of the mixture onto a baking tray (I used baking parchment to prevent sticking, but you could just lightly grease the tin instead). I made 6 rock cakes.

6. Sprinkle each cake with demerera sugar.

7. Bake @ 200 oC for 10-15mins. They should look crispy and a big cracked on the top when they're cooked. If you gently press the top, it should be soft but not sticky.

Mine came out of the oven a bit flat! 

You could easily double up the ingredients to make more cakes.

Chocolate rock cakes

8oz self-raising flour
1oz cocoa 
4oz marg
3oz caster sugar 
1 egg
2-4tsp milk
Chocolate chips or buttons 

1. Weigh out all the ingredients.

Please excuse the mess on the table...Daisy was doing a drawing while I got ready!

2. Put the flour and cocoa into a large mixing bowl and rub in the marg with your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs...

3. Stir in the sugar...

4. Add the beaten egg and milk and stir.

5. Add the chocolate (I chopped up 15 squares of cadburys dairy milk) and work into the mixture (it should come into a ball now).

6. Put heaps on a baking tray (as before) and bake for 10-15 mins @ 200 oC.

These are my own recipes  that I've been making for years! 

Coming up... Low calorie packed lunch ideas and small cakes.

Thanks for reading,

Mandy x


  1. Hi Mandy, those rock cakes look absolutely yummy and so easy to make, its something I've never attempted to make but as I have everything you need to make them may have a go this weekend with Daniel. We could definitely make the chocolate ones as we have loads of Easter eggs to use as Daniel isn't a massive chocolate fan but he always ends up with loads of chocolate, also the same at Christmas. I usually just end up making rice crispy cakes with it but they do get a bit boring after a while.
    Looking forward to more recipes, thanks again jane

    1. Hi Jane
      I tried the chocolate ones fresh from the oven and they were lovely.

      The fruit ones didn't look very rock like! I have a better picture at the side of my blog of a previous bake.

      Next up are different fairy cakes... Plain and decorated. Daisy will love these, she loves doing the sprinkles!

      I'm enjoying this :)

      Mandy xx

  2. Hi Mandy, my daughter and I are chocolate crazy so thanks for the choccy rock cake recipe. I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination but I think even a dolt like me could muster those rock cakes - mmmmm yummy. xx

    1. Hi loo

      Have a go...they're easy peasy! My fruit ones were not too rocky looking, but it doesn't's all about the taste!

      I have a lot of chocolate recipes, especially puddings ;)

      Mandy xx

  3. will look forward to the choccy pudding recipes please Mandy, I'm not a big chocolate fan when eaten by the bar, much preferring savoury stuff but don't mind chocolate puds so they will be gratefully appreciated. take care jane, P.S keep up the good work :-)

    1. I love anything chocolate, especially chocolate mousse! If I do a tutorial, I will have to actually make the recipe for photos...and eat it! Xx

  4. Love these recipes keep them coming

  5. Just made the fruit rock cakes, delish - can't beat the aroma of mixed spice!!!

    1. Hi
      I love that smell too, it reminds me of Christmas! I actually don't like dried fruit, but love the smell when making rock cakes or fruit cake, but never eat them. Glad you enjoyed the recipe...more coming soon xx