Mince Pie Rock Cakes

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Any ongoing reader of this website will know how much I love to create alternatives to traditional recipes and also find alternative ways to use mincemeat rather than in a simple mince pie.

This year we’ve started making Mince Pie Rock Cakes and they are perfect to enjoy over the festive season – or as a tea time treat in January when you find a jar of leftover mincemeat in the cupboard! They’re a great alternative to a traditional rock cake or simple fruit cake.

Mince Pie Rock Cakes

Old fashioned Rock Cakes are probably my most nostalgic bake and such a classic British bake. They remind me of my family kitchen growing up, my Mum in her floury apron and the air smelling like nutmeg and fresh baking. They’re something I have always baked with the children and the recipe was simple to tweak to make these lovely festive bakes.

As rock buns are full of dried fruit and nutmeg they taste quite seasonal anyway. The mincemeat just heightens those flavours and adds a little bit of Christmas to the mix. Sometimes we even drizzle the rock cakes with icing once cooled for another easy level of deliciousness to these sweet treats.

Mince Pie Rock Cakes

If you’re looking for other festive recipes to try at home, why not try our Mincemeat Loaf Cake, Mince Pie Fudge, Mince Pie Slice or Mince Pie Flapjack? You can see all our mincemeat themed recipes here.

So here’s our Mince Pie Rock Cake recipe – happy baking!

Ingredients

  • 400 g Self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150 g margarine or unsalted butter
  • 200 g mixed dried fruit – currants/sultanas/mixed peel/glace cherries/cranberries etc
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g mincemeat

Instructions

  • Grease 2 baking sheets and preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  • Sift the flour, salt and nutmeg into a bowl. Rub in the margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar and dried fruit.
  • Crack the eggs into a measuring jug and beat lightly. Add to the dry ingredients along with the mincemeat.
  • Dollop the mixture into rocky heaps on the baking trays leaving space between them.
  • Bake for 15-20 mins until golden browned. Cool on a wire rack.

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

Mince Pie Rock Cakes

This year we’ve started making Mince Pie Rock Cakes and they are perfect to enjoy over the festive season – or as a tea time treat in January when you find a jar of leftover mincemeat in the cupboard!
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Keyword baking, christmas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 cakes
Calories 276kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g Self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 150 g margarine or butter
  • 200 g mixed dried fruit – currants/sultanas/mixed peel/glace cherries/cranberries etc
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g mincemeat

Instructions

  • Grease 2 baking sheets and preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  • Sift the flour, salt and nutmeg into a bowl. Rub in the margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar and dried fruit.
  • Crack the eggs into a measuring jug and beat lightly. Add to the dry ingredients along with the mincemeat.
  • Dollop the mixture into rocky heaps on the baking trays leaving space between them.
  • Bake for 15-20 mins 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.

Mince Pie Rock Cakes

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