Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy in the middle, deliciously spiced and packed full of juicy sultanas, Traditional Rock Cakes might just be the perfect simple treat.
Like many of you, I think I probably first tried baking Traditional Rock Cakes when I was at primary school and I have wonderful memories of making them again at home.
Traditionally, rock cakes were a quick, simple and cheap way of ensuring that there was always something sweet available during a time of rationing and they were actually promoted by the Ministry of Food during the Second World War, since they require fewer eggs and sugar than ordinary cakes.
Before trying to create my own version, I did a fair bit of research and was struck by how many recipes available online had missed the mark, creating a kind of rock cake-scone hybrid. In fact, while rock cakes are often confused with scones, they are a different animal entirely.
While scones can be rather fussy (you can find my recipe for Sultana Scones here), Rock Cakes are far simpler and much more forgiving, which means they are the perfect baking project to share with your little ones! And while they never last long in my house at least, they keep incredibly well, meaning that you can always have a sweet treat on hand for unexpected guests.
But don’t just take my word for it, have a go at my recipe for Traditional Rock Cakes below and be sure to let me know what you think of them…