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St Helena Rock Cakes

Little rocky islands bejewelled with moreish fruit sitting proudly at afternoon tea. These simple and delicious little cakes are sure to put a spring in your step and get you Rockin n’ Rollin back to the kitchen for more.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: afternoon tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: St Helena, St Helena Island
Servings: 20


  • 450 g Self-raising flour
  • 225 g Margarine
  • 115 g Granulated Sugar
  • 2 L Eggs Beaten
  • 150 g Sultanas or Mixed Fruit
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


  • Preheat the oven at 180 C. Line a baking tray with Greaseproof paper.
  • Cream together the margarine and sugar until very soft and smooth.
    St Helena Rock Cakes Recipe
  • Add the sieved flour to the creamed mixture, and using a wooden spoon, combine into a loose crumb.
    St Helena Rock Cakes Recipe
  • Beat the eggs, together with the essence in a separate bowl. Then mix into the dry ingredients.
    St Helena Rock Cakes Recipe
  • Add in the fruit. Using your hands combine until the mixture comes together into a smooth ball.
    St Helena Rock Cakes Recipe
  • Using a tablespoon (or larger if you desire) as a rough measuring guide, shape the mixture into rough balls in your hands.
    St Helena Rock Cakes Recipe
  • Bake till firm and golden for 18-20 minutes at 180 C. Cakes will continue to harden into their distinctive “Rock” crumbly texture as they cool.
    St Helena Rock Cakes Recipe


Alternative: Coconut rock cakes - add desiccated coconut instead of fruit
Our St Helena Rock Cakes is based on a recipe from Wendy Johns from St Pauls.  Thank you, Wendy, for sharing with us your years of knowledge,  memories and your recipe.  Ensuring that the tradition keeps on going for new generations.