Old-Time Favourites: Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes

May 11, 2011

Old-Time Favourites: Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes

Perhaps it’s the symptom of the rocking thirties but I’m a sucker for nostalgia and I find myself constantly tripping down memory lane. Everything daggy is suddenly cool again and things considered old-fashioned is all shiny and new. Don’t believe me? Look what I just added to my music catalogue; Streisand. And (I can’t believe I’m admitting this) John Denver. All those years of slagging off my parents for blaring out Denver has come back to bite me in my mature ass. Kids, take note, you might cringe at your parents’ music tastes now but wait till you enter the 30s because ya’ll going to be listening to it and loving it. Oh yes, the horror!

Old-Time Favourites: Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes

Speaking of old-fashioned, remember rock cakes? Otherwise known as rock buns (hold the jokes), they’re like a thick cookie with a slightly cakey texture but oh baby they were all the rage during my primary school years in Perth in the 90s and I loved them to bits. I’m not sure why I suddenly remembered them or had the urge to gorge on them again but I seriously couldn’t get home and into my kitchen fast enough.

Old-Time Favourites: Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes

The recipe for what I use to have back in the day came from a 70s Good Housekeeping bible and it tasted awesome but it was a little plain and dry. I tweaked the original recipe by using less flour and adding baking powder to make them less, well, rock-ish. I also added lemon zest and choc chips because I can. And because I really needed it after the day I had.

These baked with a slightly golden crisp exterior and chewy cakey innards, which is how I love them. They’re so daggy and wholesome (much like Mr Denver bless him) and matched with a glass of milk, just oozed homely comfort and nostalgia. Definitely made my afternoon.

Old-Time Favourites: Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes

Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes
Yields 20
Also known as Rock Buns
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 230g self-raising flour
  2. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 80g light brown sugar
  5. 20g caster sugar
  6. 115g cold unsalted butter, chopped
  7. Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  8. 100g raisins or sultanas
  9. 100g dark choc chips
  10. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  11. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a large baking sheet with baking paper.
  2. In a food processor, dump in the flour, baking powder, salt, sugars and chopped butter. Pulse until the mixtures looks roughly like breadcrumbs.
  3. Old-Time Favourites: Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes
  4. Tip out this mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir through the lemon zest, raisins and choc chips until combined.
  5. Old-Time Favourites: Choc Chip and Lemon Rock Cakes
    That little crater came from when I dropped my lemon. Try not to drop the fruit that you're zesting hehe
  6. Add the lightly beaten eggs and vanilla extract and mix with a wooden spoon until it just comes together into a sticky dough. Do not overwork the mixture.
  7. Roughly roll out small golf ball sized mounds and place them on your baking sheet, about 5cm apart to allow room for spreading (no need to be perfectly neat about it, just grab, gently pat into a ball and done!).
  8. Bake for around 15 minutes or until the rock cakes are lightly golden. Cool on wire rack.
Adapted from an old recipe in Good Housekeeping
Adapted from an old recipe in Good Housekeeping
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/

 

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Nora August 3, 2013 at 15:41

I stumbled across this while trying to find a recipe for rock cakes for a Harry Potter party I am going to. Omg so delicious!! I couldn’t resist sneaking one off the cooling rack (I had 1 too many to fit into my tupperware!) and it was amazing. Slightly crisp outside, soft yummy inside…mmmm. I used dried cherries instead of raisins as I am not fan of baking with raisins. Cherries and dark chocolate sounded perfect. And the lemon zest really makes it so the whole flavor is light. Thanks for a great recipe!!
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Citrus and Candy August 4, 2013 at 00:10

Omg Harry Potter party? I wanna go! Thanks for the lovely comments Nora! I can only imagine how good a rock cake would go with a pint of butterbeer yummmmm :)

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Casey July 29, 2012 at 22:09

You already got me at the title:). This is the first time I’ve ever heard of rock cookies and can’t wait to try em! I totally agree with the music part tell me about it…right now carpenters is on my list! lol:)

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Al March 18, 2012 at 20:30

The taste of the rock cake turn out quite nice although I used carnberry instead of raisins and chocolate
However the texture turn out to be more cake like and not crispy unlike traditional rock cake.
So is this suppose to be cake like for this recipes. Can anyone advise ?

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Citrus and Candy March 19, 2012 at 01:19

Hi Al, here in Australia, rock cakes are more dense and cake-like than crispy. Almost like a cakey scone rather than biscuit. It’s the rock cake that I remember from my childhood :)

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Yesenia Wilkinson December 14, 2011 at 06:20

Oh, I need rock cakes STAT! First time visitor. Oh yes I remember!
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john@heneedsfood May 12, 2011 at 20:26

Love a good rock cake and I love the flavour combo in these babies. Looks like I may be taking your formula for my own variations!

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Phuoc'n Delicious May 12, 2011 at 18:15

Nothing beats old skool classics! Cake-like cookies sounds fantastic to me! Sharing is caring Karen! :)

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AQR May 11, 2011 at 21:38

Oh man! My mouth is watering for those babies. Only one thing, did the rock cakes of your youth used to be covered in a thick layer of crystalised sugar, so that your teeth would break through that crunchy layer into the soft, scone-y/cake-y inner yumminess?

Oh, I need rock cakes STAT!

(ps agree with you wholeheartedly on the music from your parents thing. Elton John anyone?)

First time visitor. Great post!

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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:29

Oh yes I remember! Some of the rock cakes I had were liberally sprinkled with raw sugar before baking. Oh YUM! Definitely doing that next time! Hehe thanks for the reminder :D

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jas May 11, 2011 at 15:35

delicious delicious delicious! look at that butter! oh and the chocolate chips! I love how sinful things make the best things – cookies + cake!

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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:30

Hi Jas, I simply can’t imagine a world without cakes and cookie. Oh the humanity! :(

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Mei Sze May 11, 2011 at 15:16

I love your tags! LOL..Funny :) Rockcakes – my dad’s favourite! There was a time (ahem yes..in the 80’s & early 90’s) a trip to the local bread shop in KL would see dad getting 6-8 rockcakes just for himself..those were his breakkie and office snacks..ahhhh..nostalgia..Hey I fished out my parent’s ‘BREAD’ cassette..kekekek

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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:32

Hi Mei, lol I was in an odd mood :P Hehe I remember how local bakeries use to sell rock cakes in Perth but I never thought they were sold in KL. That’s brilliant! And rofl, guess what? I found one of my mother’s old Chinese music cassettes :P

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Terry May 11, 2011 at 15:16

Personally I’d be a little more embarrassed about listening to Streisand than John Denver. I mean, who doesn’t love a country boy? Awesome photos btw

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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:33

Lol, gotta love Denver but dude, don’t knock the Babs! (Memoreeeeesss…)

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Laura May 11, 2011 at 15:12

you know i’m a lover of everything you bake … seriously, no jokes.

this one, oh my gawd. i’m deeper in love. thank you.
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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:33

Nawww *blush* thanks so much Loz!

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Tina@foodboozeshoes May 11, 2011 at 10:21

The rock cakes I remember were dangerous used as ammunition. Hence, I’ve never been a fan… but I like the sounds of your adjustments

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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:34

Hahahaha I agree Tina! Stone weaponry aren’t very tasty so it’s amazing how a couple of tweaks can transform an ancient recipe :)

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Steph May 11, 2011 at 09:19

Yay rock cakes! There’s something so retro about them, I like how you adapted them to make them less dry! ROFL I totally dropped my lemon into the bowl I was zesting into last night.
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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:35

Lol mine fell with a resounding thud before I sheepishly dusted off all the flour off the lemon. Oops! Yay for retro!

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chocolatesuze May 11, 2011 at 09:07

oh man i really love that pic of your food processor with the chunks of butter… oh but your rock cakes look equally delicious!
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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:35

mmmmm butter….

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Caroline May 11, 2011 at 06:42

Love your background story–completely agree with the parents’ music comment! These cookies look delicious. :)
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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:36

Hi Caroline, hehe care to spill the beans on what you’re now listening to from your parents’ era? :)

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Maggie@BritishBaking May 11, 2011 at 04:28

Wow – I haven’t had a rock cake in years!! It might have been the first thing I ever felt like I baked (with a little help from my Irish Aunties of course!)
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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:37

Hi Maggie, awww I love how retro recipes stirs up the memories! Rock cakes were also one of my solo adventures when I was brave enough to be in the kitchen by myself :D

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The Blue-Eyed Bakers May 11, 2011 at 02:01

Oh yes please. These sound delicious…cake like cookies with all that delicious chocolate and lemon?! We’re absolutely giving these a go…

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Citrus and Candy May 11, 2011 at 22:37

Awesome stuff! Hope you enjoy them! My first batch went so fast :(

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