Lets make Rock Cakes!

Hello Lovelies!

Rock Cakes

Today lets try out making a childhood favourite – Rock cakes – My Mum used to makes these for us when we were little – one of my sisters didn’t like raisins so they were normally admitted from the cakes. Oddly I’ve never tried making them myself so gave it a go last weekend – these are super easy to make with cupboard staples so why not have a go yourself? They’d even make a great mothers day present!

Rock cake ingredients

To make 12 rock cakes you’ll need:

225g Self Raising Flour
113g Butter
113g Caster Sugar + 1tbs for dusting
1 Egg
2tbs Milk
1tsp Vanilla Extract

Flour and butter

Pre-heat your oven to 180c. Place the flour and butter to a bowl.

Rock cake crumbs

Rub together using your hands or smooth with the back of a fork until you get something that looks like bread crumbs.

crumbs with sugar
Add in the sugar to the crumbs.

Egg

Crack the egg into a bowl and add the vanilla extract.

Whisked egg and vanilla

Beat the egg and mix in the vanilla.

Crumbs egg sugar milk

Pour the egg and milk in with the dry ingredients and mix up until you have something that looks like a stiff cake batter.

Rock cake batter

It should look like this! If you find your is too dry add a little more milk, if its too wet add a little more flour to balance it out.

Rock cakes uncooked

On a baking sheet lined with grease proof paper, use two spoons to put 12 dollops of batter onto the sheet – try and leave enough room for the cakes to rise and spread else you may end up with a giant cake!

Rock cake sprinkled sugar

Sprinkle with the 2tbs of sugar and popped into the pre-heated over for 15-20 minutes – you should check on the cakes around 15 minutes. If they look sold and have turned a golden brown colour as in the picture below, then they are done!

Rock cakes cooked

Once cooked remove from the tray and try to resist eating them before they’ve cooled on a wire rack.

And that’s it! These are so super easy to make that anyone could do them – they make great snacks for lunch boxes or afternoon tea and you can experiment with them by adding different dried fruits or flavouring too them. I’d love to hear what you come up with if you try these out.

Ta-ta for now,
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~*~ Review ~*~ Instant hot drinks – Nescafé Latte – Caramel, Latte Gingerbread and Drink Me Chai- Spice Chai Latte

Hello my Lovelies!

With the colder days drawing in on us what’s better than a nice hot soothing coffee to wake you up in the morning? I’ve recently bought a few different ones in an effort to spend less in the office canteen so I thought I’d review them.


So I’m a fan of sweeter coffees and lattes, with that in mind I picked up Nescafés caramel latte, gingerbread latte and Drink Me Chai’s – Spice Chai latte. All of these are instant sachets that you just add hot water too and stir, making them great for a quick pick-me-up.

Nescafé Caramel Latte – £2.99 for 8 (currently £1.49 in Sainsburys)


These are my go to instant coffees, if I’m in a coffee shop I always order a skinny caramel latte and for instants, they aren’t that far off from the real thing. They taste very sweet and do create some froth on top.
At 66 calories a cup you can’t really go wrong with these – unless you drink 10!
Nescafé Limited Edition Gingerbread Latte £2.99 for 8 (currently £1.49 in Sainsburys)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from these really. I find gingerbread can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to coffees, however I wasn’t disappointed, it had a very strong gingerbread flavour and reminded me so much of Christmas! Like the drink above this went very frothy on top and was smooth with no lumps.
At 86 calories a cup this is a lot more than the other but still one a day wouldn’t hurt!
Drink Me Chai – Spiced Chai latte – £0.65


I’ve never trued a Chai Latte before, I’ve always wanted to but was put off in case I hate it and had wasted £3 on a cup of coffee! When I saw these in store I decided to pick one up. I have to say this could be a new favourite, it tastes of cinnamon and is very sweet, as it’s tea based it’s 99% caffeine free so would be a good before bed drink. This one didn’t produce any froth at all.

At 90 calories this is the highest of the three and I would guess this is because they use sugar and coconut fat in the drink.
All three were very lovely and I think the Chai latte was probably my favourite and I think I’ll invest in a bigger tub of this in the near future. I hope this was helpful to anyone looking for an alternative to expensive coffees!
Ta-ta for now
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Starbucks will write your name on your coffee!


Starbucks have launched a new (I say new but I’m sure they used to do this a few years back) Where they will write your name on your coffee order! The possibility of funny names on cups is endless – has anyone tried this yet?