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 old fashioned rock cake recipe.

Simple rock cake recipe for cooking with kids

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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 besides 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.

Rock buns cooling after baking with kids

Ingredients for this Rock Cakes Recipe

100g / 3 and a 1/2 oz margarine or unsalted butter at room temperature

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

Looking for more Recipes that are easy to cook with kids – why not check out our Recipes to Cook with Toddlers and Preschoolers.

How to make Rock Cakes

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).

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Weigh out the soft margarine and add to a mixing bowl. Sieve the self-raising flour and add in the cinnamon.

Sifting flour to make rock cakes

 

Crumble the ingredients in the bowl together with fingertips until they have a breadcrumb type consistency.

Easy to make rock cakes recipe ideal for simple treats for kids

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.

Simple rock bun recipe with raisins and cherries in

Mix with a spoon.

Cooking with kids to make delicious rock buns

Crack the egg into a jug and whisk.

Kids making classic rock cakes

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.

Traditional rock bun recipe just like your mum made

Once it is mixed. Line 2 baking trays with some greaseproof paper.

Easy rock cakes recipes for kids to make

Then divide the mix into 11 or 12 sections and place on the trays.

Sprinkled sugar on top of delicious rock buns

On the tray sprinkle with a little soft brown sugar.

How to make rock cakes with kids - simple recipe ideal for young children and you to bake together

 

Place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes until brown. Remove and leave to cool a little before going onto a cooling wrack.

Rock Cakes recipe delicious, easy and tasty

Other Construction Themed Books

This week’s featured book is Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

 Some other selections that you could add to your book basket this week on the construction theme are

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

More Recipes to Cook with Kids – an A-Z of Recipes found here at Rainy Day Mum
rock buns cooling on a wire rack

Rock Cakes Recipe

Classic and simple recipe for rock buns to make with or for kids.
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Cakes
Author: Cerys Parker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

5 Comments

  1. I thought I was making these for my kids…. but I love the dried fruit and citrus peel in the cookies so they will be lucky if there are very many left when they get home. Delicious!

  2. My kids loooooved this recipe! So much fun was had when they could actually play with food and then eat it! So much better than edible playdoh lol! Thanks for sharing this.

  3. When I first discovered this recipe I was completely intrigued by the name. Right away I knew I had to try it! I love the simplicity of the recipe and the beautiful end result – delicious rock cakes! These were so good I wish I had doubled the recipe, so I’m making a mental note of that for next time.

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