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my grandma used to make a rock cake any ideas for recipe?

this cake was like a fruit cake but good ,it had raisins ,pecans,was very moist but hard as a rock you had to cut or break off a piece. it was steamed for three hours then put in oven. this cake is great ,but my x-wife has the recipe, and gramma is gone now. any ideas?


  1. This is a recipe for single cakes, I dont see any reason why you couldn't put this batter in a cake pan and bake it. ROCK CAKES 1 c. self-rising flour 1/4 tsp. salt 3 oz. fine sugar 3 oz. butter 1/4 tsp. allspice 1 egg 1 tbsp. milk (approx.) 4 oz. mixed dried fruit Sift flour and salt. Rub in butter until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Add sugar, spice and fruit. Blend together with lightly beaten egg and milk. Place spoonfuls of mixture on greased baking tray about 2" apart. Bake for 15 minutes (depending on size) in moderate oven at 380 degrees.
  2. DARK FRUIT CAKE 1 lb. butter 2 c. sugar 4 c. flour 10 eggs 1 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. cloves 1 tsp. soda 1 c. orange juice (may be part lemon) 1 lb. box white raisins 1 lb. pitted dates 1 lb. candied cherries 1 lb. candied pineapple 1 qt. nuts (may be mixed or all pecans) (I like 1 c. black walnuts, it gives food flavor) If you have fig preserves, you can add 1 pt. Optional: 1/4 c. candied orange and lemon peel To prepare fruit and nuts, pick over, wash and dry raisins. Cut fruit and nuts in big pieces. Just cut cherries in halves. Mix all fruit and nuts in large dish pan and sift 1 cup of the flour over them, mixing lightly, until all particles of fruit and nuts are flour coated. Cream butter, add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating thoroughly. Sift flour, spice and soda together and add alternately with the fruit juices to the butter mixture. When thoroughly blended, add this mixture to the fruit and nuts. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and add to the cake mix. Makes about 12 or 14 pounds. May be baked in tube pan and oblong pans. You may make 2 or 3 cakes of this amount if you like. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and steam 3 hours and bake 1. If you steam, be sure that no water can get to cake.
  3. ROCK CAKES 5 c. flour 4 plus tsp. baking powder 1 1/4 c. sugar 3/4 c. butter 3/4 c. butter 5 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 c. raisins 1/2 c. chopped pecans Cream sugar, butter and butter. Add eggs, and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add to sugar mixture and mix well. Add raisins and pecans. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased foil on cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.
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