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Mary Berry Rock Cakes

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Mary Berry Rock Buns
Prep: 5 mins Total: 20 mins Yields: 12

Rock Cakes is one of the first recipes I learned to cook as a child cause it is an easy treat to prepare at school and everyone loved them! The Mary Berry Rock Cakes recipe is a very simple popular version of the little scone-like cakes that I’m excited to share!

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What are the Rock Cakes Mary Berry?

These Mary Berry Rock Cakes are light scone-like buns, crumbly tea-time favourite. They’re lovely while they are still warm from the oven and so fun and easy to make. Let the kids enjoy the baking too.

How Do Rock Cakes Differ from Scones?

While rock cakes may bear a resemblance to scones, these two baked treats have distinct characteristics. The dough for rock cakes is firmer, resulting in smaller cakes shaped into balls and dropped like cookies onto a baking sheet. On the other hand, scone dough is gently patted or rolled out, cut into shapes, and baked at a higher temperature than rock cakes.

Why you’ll like it

  • Quick and Easy: Mary Berry’s Rock Buns are a breeze to make, providing a delicious treat without the hassle. These sweet biscuits are a delightful combination of simplicity, speed, and delightful taste.
  • Versatile: Variations for rock cakes include adding vanilla extract and cinnamon to enhance the traditional recipe. Unique fillings replace the standard currants and raisins, such as cranberries with white chocolate or freeze-dried strawberries, lime zest, and white chocolate. Diverse combinations like orange rind with chocolate chips or pistachios with white chocolate offer delicious twists.
  • Crumbly Texture: Enjoy the delicate and sandy texture that adds a subtle charm to each bite.
  • Flavorful Mix: Try adding dried blueberries, cranberries, and cherries with the currants for a symphony of flavours.

rock cakes mary berry cooling on a wiring rack

Mary Berry Rock Cakes Ingredients

  • Self-Raising Flour – 8 oz self-raising flour
  • Baking powder – 2 tsp baking powder
  • Butter – 4 oz butter, softened
  • Sugar – 2 oz
  • Dried fruit mixed – 4 oz dried mixed fruit
  • Currants – 2 oz currants
  • Egg – 1 large egg
  • Milk – 1 tbsp milk
  • Demerara sugar for sprinkling

How to make Mary Berry Rock Cakes?

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly grease 2 baking trays.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder to a large bowl.
  3. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture becomes breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the sugar and fruit. Mix well until they’re combined evenly.
  5. Beat the egg and milk together in a small bowl and add to the fruity mixture.
  6. Add a little milk, if the mixture is too dry.
  7. Shape the mixture into about 12 rock cakes and place on the baking tray.
  8. Sprinkle generously with demerara sugar.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until they become golden brown at the top.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.

Tips & Tricks for Rock Cakes Mary Berry

  • Use wholemeal self-raising flour if you like
  • Add a little extra milk if the mixture is too dry.

Variations for Old-Fashioned Rock Cakes Mary Berry

  1. Orange Chocolate Chip Cake: Infuse orange rind into the mixture and include a combination of milk and/or dark chocolate chips.
  2. Gingerbread Rock Cakes: Include a teaspoon of ground ginger and a pinch of nutmeg for a spiced, gingerbread-inspired version.
  3. Vanilla Cinnamon Spiced Buns: Enhance the milk and egg mixture with a touch of vanilla extract and add a hint of cinnamon to the sugar and filling.
  4. Cranberry White Chocolate Delight: Replace the traditional dried fruits with a mix of tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate.
  5. Fruity Nut Rock Cakes: Combine dried fruit with chopped nuts like pecans or hazelnuts for a combination of textures and flavours.
  6. Coconut Delight Rock Cakes: Mix in shredded coconut to the batter for a tropical twist and added chewiness.
  7. Strawberry Lime Zest Rock Cakes: Opt for freeze-dried strawberries and incorporate lime zest along with white chocolate for a refreshing twist.
  8. Pistachio White Chocolate Indulgence: Introduce the nutty goodness of pistachios paired with the sweetness of white chocolate.
  9. Lemon Coconut Dream: Create a zesty delight by combining lemon, coconut, and white chocolate in your rock cakes.

How to Store THE Rock Cakes Mary Berry

Preserve the freshness of rock cakes by wrapping them securely in foil or placing them in an airtight container; they’ll maintain their quality for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze them—similar to scones—for a period of up to 3 months. Wrap them in foil and store them in a freezer bag with a zipper top. When ready to enjoy, either reheat them in a low oven or thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.

mary berry rock buns

Rock Cakes Mary Berry

Caroline Sciberras
Rock Cakes is one of the first recipes I learned to cook as a child cause it is an easy treat to prepare at school and everyone loved them! The Rock Cakes Mary Berry recipe is a very simple popular version of the little scone-like cakes that I'm excited to share!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces flour self-raising
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces butter softened
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 4 ounces dried fruit mixed
  • 2 ounces currants
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • demerara sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat the oven to 200°C or to 180°C with fan. Lightly grease 2 baking trays.
  • Add the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
  • Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture becomes breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar and fruit. Mix well until they're combined evenly.
  • Beat the egg and milk together in a small bowl and add to the fruity mixture.
  • Add a little milk, if the mixture is too dry.
  • Shape the mixture into about 12 rock cakes and place on the baking tray.
  • Sprinkle generously with demerara sugar.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until until they become golden brown at the top.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

Notes

Use wholemeal self-raising flour if you like, adding a little extra milk.
Keyword buns, currants, eggs, flour

0 thoughts on “Mary Berry Rock Cakes”

  1. After trying various other recipes I think I found the easiest and the best tasting of them all. My kids rate it ten out of ten.

    1. I must agree with you here! I always try to upload my favorite version for myself and others who like my blog! However, sometimes I feel like experimenting and find a way how to improve the taste or the time it takes to prepare 🙂 That’s why I find up revising my recipes from time to time.

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