Cakes are usually an indulgence. You spend money on fancy ingredients, and coat the whole lot in plenty of sugar. But it is possible to make cake on a budget, to be frugal with the ingredients, to drastically cut down the amount of the sweet stuff, yet still have something which seems wickedly indulgent. That’s exactly what these Rock Cakes do, so I’m sharing them for this budget-friendly #SundaySupper, hosted by T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley and David of Cooking Chat.
I’ve recently gone from full-time work to being a full-time student, squeezing in freelance work whenever I can in order to scrape together the money to pay my rent, bills and tuition fees. I don’t mind not having much money – I love being back in the world of academia, and money has never motivated me. But it does mean I have to cut back on my spending – and cake baking!
When I saw the theme for this #SundaySupper, it therefore seemed like the perfect challenge. For inspiration, I turned to old, family, wartime recipes. If anyone knew how to bake on a budget, it was the women of World War II, eking out meagre rations to provide food and treats for their families. I hit upon rock cakes, which I haven’t had since I was a child.
These rock cakes are actually more like scones, with a recipe of half fat to flour and just a small amount of sugar. Some sort of dried fruit is added to the sweet scone mix – I used sultanas. I also added cinnamon and ginger to give them a bit of warmth and comforting spice.
Don’t be put off by the name: it refers to their craggy, rock-like appearance – they are actually very soft, so you won’t break any teeth on them!
They can be made within the standard rations of butter, sugar and eggs provided to each person during the war. Nowadays, that means you can whip these up with cheap ingredients you probably already have in the stock cupboard.
These cakes are so quick and easy to make – it’s a great recipe to do with children. Plus, you can indulge in them smugly, knowing that they cost next to nothing to make, and are low in sugar to boot.
Now take a look at even more money-saving recipes from the rest of the #SundaySupper gang:
Scrumptious Mains (Breakfast and Dinner)
Sips, Spreads, and Snacks
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