Date, Walnut and Orange Rock Cakes (Vegan)


I’m sure all of us have made rock cakes at some time – well, those of us from the UK anyway – especially during childhood. But despite fond memories I haven’t actually baked any of these old fashioned tea time treats for absolutely ages. Having recently decided to explore the world of vegan baking – with a little help from the world of vegan blogging – I thought what could be simpler to veganise than chunky crumbly rock cakes?

Now a traditional rock cake recipe will ask for egg, milk and butter, but what what do you know? They are perfect without any of those ingredients. And while these nubbly little chaps may not be beautiful (well, they are called “rock cakes” after all), yummy they definitely are – as well as being easy-peasy (perfect for kids) and super quick to knock together too.


Date, Walnut and Orange Rock Cakes (Vegan)


  • 225 g / 8 oz self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 115 g / 4 oz dairy-free margarine
  • 115 g / 4 oz demerara sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
  • 115 g / 4 oz dried dates, chopped
  • 55 g / 2 oz walnuts, chopped
  • the zest and juice of half an orange


  1. Sift the flour and spice into a bowl, toss in remaining bran.
  2. Rub the margarine into the flour, until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Mix in the chopped dates, chopped walnuts and orange zest.
  4. Add just enough orange juice to form a stiff dough. 
  5. Place a dozen small heaps of the mixture onto a greased baking tray – I use hands. Sprinkle a little extra sugar over each one.
  6. Bake at 200C / Gas 6 for about 15 minutes, until nicely golden.

11 thoughts on “Date, Walnut and Orange Rock Cakes (Vegan)

  1. My mum used to make rock cakes all the time I was young and I absolutely loved them! I love all the additions (and omissions!) that you’ve made to the classic rock cake recipe. I’m really looking forward to giving them a try! 😀

  2. Brill, I hope you like them. Get your little guy to help, rock cakes are perfect for making sticky little hands!

    • Thanks! Yep, Rock Cakes are proper old fashioned British tea-time fare. They also make handy additions to a lunch box.

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  4. I’ve actually never even heard of rock cakes before (darn US upbringing :P). But they look right up my alley, as I’m sitting here drinking tea and wishing I had one of these. 🙂

    • I’m more of an herbal brew type than a classic British tea drinker, but rock cakes are good with either kind!

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