Weekend Cooking – Rock Cakes

A few days ago I came across a blog post with the recipe for Rock cakes. I have not had rock cakes for years, and in fact it has been years since I really did any cake baking. So, whilst Stuart has gone off fishing I had a sort through the cupboards to see if I had all the ingredients. I did, so cooking commenced.
My Grandmother was a pretty good cook. She cooked for memory mainly but she did own a few cookery books  and I now own the ones that she did. A favourite was rock cakes. Mum, whilst I was at school was in fact a dreadful cook. I have memories of taking sponges to school that had a dip in the middle. I don’t know what happened, different recipe, different oven, but at some point the sponges stopped having dips.  I can’t recall who made the rock cakes of my childhood, but as I got this batch under-way I was deep in thought of yesteryear.
photoPerhaps it was not enough concentration, because my batch are not an absolute success, but they are edible. I know as I have just had one! I think next time I will make a small amendment, a splash more milk, but only a splash!
Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme hosted by Beth at BethFishReads

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, Pharos Tutor, lover of Books, Stationary & History, Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, avid note taker and journal writer.
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6 Responses to Weekend Cooking – Rock Cakes

  1. My dad makes great rock cakes. Thanks for the reminder that I haven't had one for years and I need to get him to make a batch when I go to stay with him for a visit in a couple of weeks time.


  2. Rosemary says:

    Heavens, I haven't had a rock cake since I don't know when. You could break a tooth on stale ones.


  3. Me too Beth and I live here! lol


  4. Beth F says:

    Oh I haven't had rock cakes since I was last in the UK (in the last century!). Now I think I'm going to have to bake a batch this month.


  5. Laurie,
    They are fairly easy. Once you have the mixture you get a dollop of it onto a baking sheet, they are to be irregular shapes like rocks. They are best eaten soon after baking – that day or the day after.


  6. Laurie C says:

    Are they like an easier version of scones? The name “rock cakes” is a bit unfortunate, but I like the sound of them!


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