Apart from butterfly cakes the other regular cake I made growing up with my Mum growing up were rock cakes or rock buns. In fact, the very first recipe I shared here on Rainy Day Mum was for some space rock cakes all sparkly and out of this world. For today’s virtual book club post and the weekly theme of construction we’ve gone back to the basics and this is my Mum’s classic rock cake recipe.
This week’s featured book is Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, if you have any children that are builder, construction and transport-mad then this is a great picture book for the youngest members of the family. It features the different trucks found on the construction site and with rhymes it is great for language skills as well. As with any of our Virtual Book Club for Kids, posts don’t forget to check the end of the post for more Construction Themed Activities from the co-hosts this week as well as other book suggestions and a way to print this recipe out easily so that you can laminate and use beside you whilst cooking.
More Book Inspired Cooking: Gingerbread Cookies to give as a Thank You Gift
I’ve included measurements in grams and oz but no cups because you can use it as an opportunity to work on number recognition. With children learning number 1 – 10 use the oz measurements and with older children use grams as you can work on 100’s.
Ingredients for Rock Cakes
100g / 3 and a 1/2 oz margarine
225g / 7 and a 1/2 oz self-raising flour – all purpose flour will not work for this recipe but I have found Self Raising flour on Amazon by Pillsbury
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
100g / 3 and a 1/2 oz soft brown sugar plus some for sprinkling
100g / 3 and a 1/2 oz of mixed dried fruit – we made our own with 30g raisins, 30g currants, 20g mixed dried peel and 20g glace cherries
1 medium egg
Milk if needed
How to make Rock Cake’s
Preheat the oven to 200C (if you are unsure what this will be for your oven then our Kitchen Conversion Chart for Mum’s is free when you sign up for our real food for real moms newsletter just click on the image below).
Weigh out the soft margarine and add to a mixing bowl. Sieve the self-raising flour and add in the cinnamon.
Crumble the ingredients in the bowl together with fingertips until they have a breadcrumb type consistency.
Add in the sugar and the dried fruit – you can buy bags of mixed dried fruit but as we didn’t have one we made up our own mix using what we had in the cupboard – raisins, currants, dried mixed peel and glace cherries.
Mix with a spoon.
Crack the egg into a jug and whisk.
Then pour into the mix and mix well. You may need to a little milk so that it comes together if the mix is too dry.
Once it is mixed. Line 2 baking trays with some greaseproof paper.
Then divide the mix into 11 or 12 sections and place on the trays.
On the tray sprinkle with a little soft brown sugar.
Place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes until brown. Remove and leave to cool a little before going onto a cooling wrack.
Other Construction Themed Books
This week’s featured book is Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Machines at work by Bryon Barton
Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander
Where do Diggers Sleep at Night by Brianna Caplan Sayers
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Sue Fleiss
Road Builders by B.G. Hennessy
More Construction Themed Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids Hosts
This week the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids have put together literacy, numeracy, sensory, recipes, motor skills and Science activities. Check out the lesson plans and don’t forget to go to the end to print out your rock cakes recipe to make this week with the kids.
Construction Themed Literacy Activities
ABC Dig from Growing Book by Book
Construction Themed Letter Crafts from Books and Giggles
Construction Story Telling from Chickadee Lit
Construction Themed Maths Activities
Digging up and Sorting Construction Equipment from JDaniel 4’s Mom
Construction Site Build and Count from Inspiration Laboratories
Number Construction Site Sensory Bin from Adventures of Adam
Construction Site Counting Game from To Be a Kid Again
Digger Colour Sort from My Storytime Corner
Construction Themed Science and Sensory Activities
Construction Trucks: STEM Building Beams from Preschool Powol Packet
Cloud Dough Construction Site Sensory Bin from Powerful Mothering
Creative Construction Play Ideas from Toddler Approved
Design and Build a Truck from Mama Smiles
Magnetic Construction Site from The Educators’ Spin On It
Construction Themed Motor Skills Activities
Painting with Trucks from Clare’s Little Tots
- 100 g Margarine
- 225 g Self Raising Flour
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 100 g Soft brown sugar plus a little extra for sprinkling
- 100 g Dried Mixed Fruit you can combine ingredients to make your own
- 1 medium Egg
- Milk If needed
Preheat the oven to 200C
Put margarine into a mixing bowl
Sieve the self-raising flour and cinnamon in
Rub the flour and margarine together to a breadcrumb consistency
Add the sugar and dried mixed fruit and stir together
Whisk and pour in the mix
Mix together and if it is too dry add a little milk
Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper
Divide the mixture into 11 or 12 sections and lay on the lined baking trays
Place in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown around the edges
Take out and cool before transferring to a cooling rack.