How to make rock buns

Rock buns are traditionally made with a sweet, sponge-like dough that is enriched with butter, sugar, and eggs. The dough is then filled with raisins, currants, and sometimes, mixed dried fruit. The dough is then rolled into small balls, placed onto a baking tray, and baked in the oven.

Baking rock buns is a fun and easy way to make a delicious snack. Whether you are looking for a quick treat to bring to a party, or just a sweet treat to enjoy with your family, homemade rock buns are a great way to go. From the perfect preparation of the dough to the ideal baking time, this article will help you make rock buns that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

What is a rock bun?

A rock bun is a small cake with a rough surface resembling a rock. They were promoted by the British Ministry of Food during the Second World War since they require fewer eggs and less sugar than ordinary cakes, an important savings in a time of strict rationing.



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all spice powder 
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup dry cranberries 
  • ½ cup raisins 
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cups milk

How to prepare

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, all spice powder and cinnamon powder.
  3. Mix them together.
  4. Then add and mix in the butter until it is well incorporated with the flour. 
  5. Add the brown sugar, white sugar, dried cranberries and raisins then mix well. 
  6. Make a well in the middle and add all the wet ingredients. Which are the milk, egg and vanilla then mix very well. 
  7. At this point the dough will be very sticky, stretchy and a bit tough to mix but that’s OK because, that is what you want.
  8. Mix for about a minute or so.
  9. Using your hand, scoop about 3 tablespoons size onto a lightly greased baking pan. Make sure they are not touching each other.
  10. To help reduce the dough from sticking to your hand, dip your hand in milk or water. This helps a lot when scooping the raw dough onto the baking pan.  
  11. Put them in the oven and turn the heat down to 325 degrees F. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 
  12. Take them out after 30 minutes, allow to cool if you help it and enjoy.

Can Rock Buns be fried?

Yes. Mix together the dry ingredients and form a dough kept aside allow the mixture set then roll out your balls and then deep fry in hot oil on low heat.

Where did rock buns originate?

Rock cakes originated from Great Britain, where they are still found on the table at teatime in many homes in England. Rock Cakes are also known as Rock Buns, depending on where in the UK you live.

Final words

Rock buns are a delicious and versatile treat that can be enjoyed year-round. They’re great for breakfast, tea time, or a snack. With this easy recipe, you can make rock buns at home and enjoy them any time you please.

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