Hello and welcome to my second Saved by Cake Bake-Off post! This ‘challenge’ was inspired by Mama J’s Saved by Cake challenge at Mama J Hearts Chick Lit. For more information about this feature and more recipes click here.
If you saw last month’s post then you might remember that the very first cakes I started this challenge with were the strawberry cupcakes. This month I was experimenting with another simple but delicious cake – something you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.
The most important thing I need to tell you in connection with rock cakes is: don’t be put off by its name or the way they look. I know they look simple and I know you think ‘who would want to eat a cake that’s like a rock?’ but trust me – they’re really good. I’ve never actually tried rock cakes before so it was a pleasant surprise.
Usually I’m not a big fan of sultanas or mixed peel but funnily enough I still liked rock cakes. Actually, I didn’t have any mixed peel when I decided to try these so I replaced them with dried cranberries (and sultanas) and I also replaced demerara sugar (which you’re supposed to sprinkle the cakes with) with .. you know, normal sugar. Other than that I followed Marian’s recipe and they turned out to be fantastic!
If you’re always in a hurry, or if you’re a beginner, I would definitely suggest that you try these cakes first because they’re very easy to make (it literally takes 20 minutes). They’re not the most spectacular, extravagant or spicy cakes you’ve ever had but they’re buttery and comforting and they’re perfect if you want to curl up in bed with a good book and a mug of tea or hot chocolate and some snacks.
For more recipes, see Marian’s brand new recipe book, Saved by Cake. Or if you’d like to hear what I think about the book, click here and check out my review.