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Rock Cakes Mary Berry (Easy Recipe)

Elen Rustick By Updated February 28, 2023

These mary berry rock cakes are crispy, perfectly sweet, and filled with a fruity, nutty flavor. Seriously, they’re so addictive!

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The best part? You only need a few ingredients and about 15 minutes of preparation to make these delectable rock cakes.

While the traditional rock cakes recipe calls for dried fruit and black currants, my version features chopped grilled almonds, blueberries, mixed spices, and nutmeg.

The nutty notes of almonds pair beautifully with the sweetness of the blueberries and the warmth and complexity of the spices.

If you want to stick to the original humble rock cake, you can simply replace the chopped almonds with dried fruits and the blueberries with black currants. You can also remove the spices, but no need to adjust the quantity of the other ingredients.

I like to serve these cakes with a nice cup of tea or coffee for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

Rock Cakes Mary Berry Recipe

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Servings12
  • Yield12

Level: Easy.


Mary Berry Rock Cakes Ingredients-min


How To Make It

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line baking trays with parchment paper or with oven baking mats.

Preparing The Dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and the baking powder. Whisk until well combined.


Using Mary Berry Rock Cakes Step 1-minyour fingers or an electric mixer, cut the butter into the flour mixture until you get a crumbly texture similar to a coarse meal.

Mary Berry Rock Cakes Step 2-min

Adding The Fruits

Stir in the blueberries, chopped grilled almonds, spices and sugar.

Mary Berry Rock Cakes Step 3-min

Mix everything together evenly with a wooden or rubber spatula.

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Then, add the milk and egg. Stir to form a rough dough.

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Use two spoons or an ice cream scoop to shape the dough onto the baking tray forming rough, rock-like shapes.

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Bake the rock cakes in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until they’re crisp outside and have golden brown edges.

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Pro Tips

  • For a sweeter, kid-friendly version, replace dried fruits with semi-sweet or white chocolate.

  • Use cold butter to achieve a crumbly texture. Ensure your butter is cold and not at room temperature by removing it from the fridge at the last minute.

  • Be careful not to overmix the butter to avoid tough cakes. You want the cakes to have rock-like shapes but not texture. Use a light hand when combining the butter with the dry ingredients. The same goes for incorporating wet ingredients. Do not overwork the dough, or the cakes will be really tough.

  • Leave spaces between the cakes on the baking tray. The rock cakes will spread during baking, so leaving spaces prevents them from expanding and touching each other.

  • I used regular almonds that I grilled and chopped myself for this recipe. Using grilled almonds brings a richer and more complex taste and a nice crunchy texture.  To grill the almonds, I preheated my oven to 300°F, spread them on a baking sheet, and grilled them for 10-12 minutes. I made sure to watch them from time to time to avoid burning. Then I chopped them with a kitchen knife.

  • I also cut the blueberries into small pieces because they were too big compared to the size of the cakes. I find that smaller pieces are easier to eat and chew. You can leave them whole if you don’t mind eating large pieces of fruit.


  • On The Countertop: If stored in a plastic airtight container, the cakes will keep fresh for 48 hours.

  • In the Fridge: You can also store them for up to one week in the fridge.

  • In The Freezer: Rock cakes also freeze well, and will keep up to three months.


  • In the oven: To reheat these rock cakes from frozen, I put them in the oven at 425°F for 3 to 4 minutes. This will crisp up the outside, without drying out the inside.

  • In the microwave: You can also put them in the microwave. The result will be soggier and less crispy than using the oven.

What To Try Next!

Mary Berry Rock Cakes Pinterest-min

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What did you think of it? Did it taste as expected? Let me know your feedback in the comments section. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 197Calories
  • 8.3g Fat
  • 28.7g Carbs
  • 3gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 197
% Daily Value*
Total Fat8.3g 11%
Saturated Fat5.1g 25%
Cholesterol34mg 11%
Sodium68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate28.7g 10%
Dietary Fiber1.6g 6%
Total Sugars8.9g
Vitamin C7mcg 33%
Calcium55mg 4%
Iron1mg 8%
Potassium113mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.