Rock cakes recipe

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These traditional fruity rock cakes or rock buns are a tea time favourite and they're quick too, using simple store cupboard ingredients.

Rock cakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories193 Kcal10%
Sugar13.1 g15%
Fat9.2 g13%
Saturated Fat4.3 g22%
Salt0.32 g
Protein3.4 g7%
Carbohydrates24.5 g9%
Salt0.32 g

Learn how to make these delicious Brighton rock buns, or rock cakes. This easy rock cakes recipe uses only a handful of ingredients and makes tasty buns every time. 

Also known as Brighton bun cakes, these delicious fruity scone-like treats earnt their name from their jagged, rock-like appearance. Packed with sweet currants and creamy almonds, these teatime snacks were traditionally enjoyed at a number of Britain’s beloved seaside towns. Nowadays, of course, they can be scoffed anywhere. Whip them up in your own kitchen within 30 minutes, using just a few store cupboard ingredients, butter and an egg.


  • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour
  • 50g (1½ oz) ground almonds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 90g (3oz) butter
  • 90g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 90g (3oz) currants, or dried mixed fruit
  • 1 large egg, beaten




  1. Set the oven to 190°C (gas mark 5). Sift the flour, ground almonds and salt into a bowl, and rub in the butter. Stir in the sugar, dried fruit and egg, using a round-bladed knife to combine the mixture to a stiff dough.
  2. Divide dough into 12 rough shapes and place them on the baking sheet. Roughen the surface with a fork.
  3. Bake the cakes in the middle of the oven for 15 mins until light golden. Sprinkle with a little extra caster sugar. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days.

Top tip for making rock cakes:

Don't be tempted to add liquid to this mixture. Its dryness is what gives the cakes their 'rock-like' appearance.

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