Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

Rock Cakes that Won’t Break your Teeth

If you visit Hagrid, you will likely get offered rock cakes. While his may break your teeth, these soft biscuits are much more enjoyable.

Rock Cakes are a specialty of Hagrid’s that he always has available when Harry visits his hut. They are described similar to a fruitcake, but they are rock hard and can crack your teeth if you aren’t careful. Of course, I didn’t make mine rock hard. Dental insurance costs enough, I didn’t need any broken teeth to deal with!

The rock cakes were shapless lumps with raisins that almost broke their teeth, but Harry and Ron pretended to be enjoying them as they told Hagrid all about their first lessons.

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper, had obliged with a sack full of his own homamde rock cakes. (Harry hadn’t touched these; he had had too much experience of Hagrid’s cooking.)

-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Finally he slammed down three bucket-sized mugs of mahogany-brown tea in front of them and a plate of his rock cakes. Harry was hungry enough even for Hagrid’s cooking, and took one at one.

…he had abandoned the rock cake after an ominous cracking noise from one of his back teeth.

-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

When I started my search for a way to make rock cakes, I looked at a few recipes for fruitcake, since I knew they were similar. I found a recipe here on a popular fansite called Mugglenet but tweaked it just a bit. There was too much flour making these a bit too crumbly, and I could taste the flour at times. So we lowered that just a little.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

I want to try again and put some strawberries or blueberries in with the raisins, but I haven’t had a chance yet. I guess that would also make it a fruitcake rather than the rock cakes I set out to make.

Once you have the dough made, these are formed like a drop biscuit, which gives them their distinct “shapeless lumps” look. Also, don’t forget the cinnamon-sugar, I did on one batch, and it wasn’t quite the same.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth
Hagrid’s Hut at Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL

Step by Step

To make Hagrid’s rock cakes, preheat the oven to 400F and grease a large cookie sheet or preheat a baking stone.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift the flour, salt, and pumpkin pie spice together.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or two butter knives, then stir in the sugar and raisins.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

Pour the egg mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and use a large wooden spoon to stir it into a dough. It won’t be smooth, but make sure there are no lumps of flour. Just don’t overmix or the cakes may become rock hard when they bake.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

Use a spoon or your hands to grab small portions of the dough out and drop it onto the prepared cookie sheet or stone. They don’t have to be perfect and don’t smooth them out. Just try to get them all about the same size so they cook evenly.

In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle that over the rock cakes and bake for about 12-15 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

Transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool and enjoy! They can be saved in an airtight container for up to two days, and make a great breakfast.

Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

Recipe

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes

If you visit Hagrid, you will likely get offered rock cakes. While his may break your teeth, these soft biscuits are much more enjoyable.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits, fruit
Servings: 12 cakes
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and grease a cookie sheet or preheat a baking stone
  • In a medium bowl, sift the flour, salt, and pumpkin pie spice together
  • Cut the butter into the flour mixture
  • Stir in the sugar and raisins
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together
  • Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir just until there are no more lumps of flour
  • Use a spoon to scoop small amounts of the dough onto the prepared pan as you would a drop biscuit
  • In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together
  • Sprinkle each rock cake with the cinnamon-sugar
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Hagrid's Rock Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 19g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 11.3%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth
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Rock Cakes that Won't Break your Teeth

15 thoughts on “Rock Cakes that Won’t Break your Teeth”

  1. I’m loving all of these harry potter inspired recipes! I will say, rock cakes were never one of the things I wished I could try from the books, lol. I’m sure yours are much tastier than Hagrid’s!!

  2. Oh I LOVE rock cakes! they remind me of being a child and having them for school dinners, although those were a little more rock like than these, haha!

  3. I love your obsession with HP!!! These look like a great treat that I would probably eat by myself, because my kids wouldn’t eat it due to the raisins. I love all your recipes.

  4. Love this as we are Harry Potter fans. After watching the series for the first time in January (binge-watched all movies) we started planning our trip to Universal Orlando just for Harry Potter world. Going to have to try this recipe for breakfast.

  5. Tonya Michelle

    First off I love Harry Potter!!! And these look delicious – similar to my crab cakes. Haha. I will have to try these out. Thanks for sharing.

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