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rock cakes
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4.80 from 10 votes

Rock Cakes

These sweet and fruity traditional cakes are so simple to make.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian, British
Keyword: rock buns, rock cakes
Servings: 28 cakes
Calories: 133kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter (115 grams)
  • 1 cup caster sugar (plus extra teaspoon/tablespoon for dusting cakes)
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup mixed peel or glace cherries (or mix both)
  • few drops almond or other essence (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan forced).
  • Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer.
  • Add eggs and any essence and beat again to combine.
  • Add milk and sifted dry ingredients, a little at a time and alternately.
  • Stir though raisins and currants.
  • Put tablespoons of mixture onto baking trays lined with paper, leaving room for spreading. You should have about 28 pieces.
  • Sprinkle each cake with extra sugar and peel/cherries.
  • Cook in oven for 20 minutes, until a golden colour.
  • Allow to cool on a cooling rack.



Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg