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Lemon Rock Cakes Recipe

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Traditional rock cakes are something I have been baking the whole of my adult life, as I have so many fond memories of my mum baking them when I was a child. But, we have started to vary the recipe, using whatever we have to hand, and I love our new lemon rock cake recipe.

How do you make lemon rock cakes?

These easy lemon rock cakes using typical cake ingredients – flour, butter, eggs, sugar and then dried fruit and lemon. We use self raising flour for ease but you could also use all purpose flour or plain flour and a tsp baking powder or baking soda if you wanted.

You can also use unsalted butter or margarine for this best lemon rock cakes recipe and we use caster sugar but demerera sugar, golden caster sugar, light brown sugar or even just granulated sugar work well. It’s such a traditional recipe that it’s made to be adaptable to use whatever you have in the kitchen.

These old fashioned lemon rock cakes are delicious. We bake them for picnics, as after school treats, to have with a cup of tea in the afternoon or even to have for breakfasts. They’re perfect to eat on the go. 

These old fashioned rock cakes couldn’t be easier to make and it’s such a simple recipe to double up and make in bulk. The rock cakes keep well in an airtight container for a few days and freeze well too.

If you’re looking for more recipes to make, here’s our apple rock cakesNutella Rocky Road, Lemon Butterfly Cakes and Maple Syrup Cupcakes recipes. You can see all our recipes to date here.

So here’s our lemon rock cake recipe – happy baking!

Ingredients

  • 400 g Self raising flour
  • 150 g margarine or unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar – although demerara sugar works quite well too and gives a nice crunch.
  • 200 g mixed dried fruit – currants/sultanas/mixed peel/glace cherries/cranberries etc
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon

Instructions

  • Grease 2 baking trays and preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl. Rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar, dried fruit, eggs and lemon.
  • Dollop the mixture onto baking sheets in rocky heaps leaving space between them.
  • Bake for 15-20 mins in the preheated oven until golden browned. Cool on a wire rack.

If you’d like to print or pin the lemon rock cakes recipe for later you can do so below. Enjoy!

Lemon Rock Cakes Recipe

These lemon rock cakes are a light and refreshing alternative to traditional rock cakes. Lovely for the spring and summer.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Keyword baking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 cakes

Ingredients

  • 400 g Self raising flour
  • 150 g margarine or unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 150 g caster sugar although demerara sugar works quite well too and gives a nice crunch.
  • 200 g mixed dried fruit currants/sultanas/mixed peel/glace cherries/cranberries etc
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon

Instructions

  • Grease 2 baking trays and preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl. Rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar, dried fruit, eggs and lemon.
  • Dollop the mixture onto baking sheets in rocky heaps leaving space between them.
  • Bake for 15-20 mins in the preheated oven until golden browned. Cool on a wire rack.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Lemon Rock Cakes Recipe

Author

  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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