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4.82 from 11 votes

Rock Cakes

Sweet and fruity, these traditional cakes are so simple to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Australian, British
Keyword: rock buns, rock cakes
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 190kcal


  • 2 baking trays


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 90 grams butter (cold, cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 1 cup mixed fruit
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1/3 cup milk (plus extra 1-2 tablespoons if necessary)
  • 6 glace cherries, halved
  • extra tablespoon caster sugar (for dusting cakes, optional)


  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius/375 degrees fahrenheit (fan forced) and grease both baking trays.
  • Sift flour, mixed spice, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.
  • Add butter and rub into sifted dry ingredients with your fingertips, or process in a food processor, until there are no lumps of butter and the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir though sugar and mixed fruit with a blunt knife.
  • Add egg and milk and stir through with the knife until combined. Add the extra milk, one tablespoon at a time, if necessary so that mixture holds together and has a stiff consistency.
  • Put heaped tablespoons of mixture onto baking trays, leaving room for spreading. You should have about 12 pieces.
  • Sprinkle each cake with the extra sugar and place cherry halves on top.
  • Cook in oven for 15 minutes or until a golden colour.
  • Once out of the oven, transfer the cakes to a cooling rack.



Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg