Air Fryer Rock Cakes

Air Fryer Rock Cakes

In the realm of modern culinary innovation, the air fryer stands out as a versatile appliance capable of transforming traditional recipes into healthier, yet equally delicious, delights. Amidst this culinary revolution, the humble rock cakes, with their rustic charm and timeless appeal, find a new expression. By adapting this beloved classic to the air fryer, we unlock a realm of possibilities, combining convenience with gourmet taste.

Ingredients and Preparation: Crafted with care and precision, our gourmet air fryer rock cakes begin with a meticulously curated selection of ingredients. We start with 2 cups of self-raising flour, ensuring the perfect texture and rise. To sweeten the mix, we add a generous half cup of granulated sugar, balancing sweetness with the natural flavors of the fruit. Half a cup of chilled, cubed unsalted butter forms the foundation, lending richness and depth to each bite. A medley of dried fruits—raisins, currants, and chopped apricots—adds bursts of flavor and texture, elevating the experience to new heights.

The Art of Mixing: In the alchemy of baking, the art of mixing plays a crucial role. With a delicate touch, we blend the flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt, laying the foundation for our rock cakes. Incorporating the chilled butter into the dry ingredients, we employ the age-old technique of rubbing, creating a crumbly texture that promises melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The addition of mixed dried fruits imparts complexity and character, transforming each bite into a symphony of flavors.

Harmony of Wet and Dry: As any master baker knows, the harmony of wet and dry ingredients is the secret to success. In a separate bowl, we whisk together one beaten egg, a quarter cup of milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. This luscious mixture, imbued with richness and aroma, melds seamlessly with the dry ingredients, creating a cohesive dough that beckons to be shaped and baked.

The Air Fryer Alchemy: With our gourmet dough prepared to perfection, we turn to the air fryer, our modern-day cauldron of culinary magic. Preheated to 350°F (180°C), the air fryer welcomes our creations with open arms. As we carefully place each portioned mound onto the parchment-lined basket, anticipation fills the air. In just 12-15 minutes, the alchemy of the air fryer works its wonders, transforming raw dough into golden-brown masterpieces.

A Culinary Masterpiece Unveiled: Emerging from the air fryer, our gourmet rock cakes exude an irresistible allure. Their golden exteriors hint at the delights within, while the aroma of buttery richness and sweet fruits tantalizes the senses. With a gentle touch, we transfer these culinary masterpieces to a waiting platter, allowing them to cool slightly before serving.

Conclusion: In the age of innovation and exploration, the air fryer redefines the boundaries of culinary possibility. Our gourmet air fryer rock cakes, with their delicate balance of flavors and textures, stand as a testament to this culinary evolution. As we savor each bite, we are reminded that true culinary artistry knows no bounds—only endless possibilities awaiting discovery.

Air Fryer Rock Cakes


  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit (such as raisins, currants, or chopped apricots)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C) for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add the chilled cubed butter to the flour mixture. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the mixed dried fruit.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, milk, and vanilla extract.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  8. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, portion the dough into small mounds and place them onto the prepared air fryer basket, leaving some space between each one.
  9. Place the basket into the preheated air fryer and cook the rock cakes for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top and cooked through.
  10. Once cooked, remove the rock cakes from the air fryer and allow them to cool slightly before serving.