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Rock Cakes

Do you remember the Rock Buns from your childhood? Called rocks because, well they were like rocks. Full of raisins, that went a bit pebble-like. You took your dental care into your own hands biting into one! Okay, a slight exaggeration perhaps, it’s a while since I had a 1980’s rock bun.


These little cakes are very similar, however. I call them cakes because they’re not like rocks! And they don’t have raisins because my children don’t eat them. They have chocolate chips instead, because, well, it’s April, Spring is slow to arrive and the children are fed up so I’m keeping them sweet!


I’ve made a few batches of these over the holidays, they don’t last long and I’m not sure if it’s many growth spurts or the need for food to keep warm during this never-ending spell of crap weather, but I cannot keep food enough food in the house for most of my children, well mainly my boy children.


225g Plain Flour
2tsp Baking Powder
50g Caster Sugar
125g Butter
50g Chocolate Chips
1 Egg, beaten
2 Tbsp Butter Milk


  • Preheat oven to 180(fan) and line a baking sheet with parchment (or dust with flour).
  • Sieve the flour and baking powder together into a large bowl, add the caster sugar and stir together.
  • Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the chocolate chips.
  • Mix the milk and egg together and pour into the mixture, bring together to form a soft, ‘craggy’ dough.
  • Take tablespoons of the dough, bring together lightly, don’t over handle them, and place them on the tray. The last thing you want is perfect shapes, they need to be misshapen, they’re rocks after all!
  • Place the tray in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. They were done after 12 minutes in my oven.
  • Leave to cool on a cooling rack and watch as the swiftly disappear.


How they should look before baking
Cooling before being swiped!

So there you go, a very quick, very simple little recipe to keep children happy and buy you a few minutes with a cuppa and a couple of pages of your latest book or even a quick little dip into your favourite Netflix show!



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