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Air Fryer Rock Cakes – Super Tasty And Quick To Make!

Air fryer rock cakes taste as good as those baked in the oven; they are quick, easy to prepare, and ready in less than 15 minutes!

Read on to learn step-by-step how to make rock cakes in any air fryer.

air fryer rock cake on plate in front of plate of more rock cakes with an air fryer in the background

How To Make Rock Cakes In An Air Fryer

The ingredients below are enough to make 8 medium-sized rock cakes. I made these in a Cosori Dual 6.4L air fryer, but you can use any air fryer.

What You Need:

ingredients for air fryer rock cakes: butter, sugar, raisins, flour, egg and milk in seperate bowls
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 60g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 125g butter, chilled
  • 150g raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence (optional)

Making It:

Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the self-raising flour, sugar, and baking powder to a bowl and combine.

Step 2: Cube the chilled butter and add it to the same bowl. Use your hands to mix it into breadcrumbs.

butter, flour, sugar in a mixing bowl for making rock cakes

Step 3: Mix raisins into the breadcrumbs mixture and stir until they are evenly dispersed amongst the mixture.

add raisins to breadcrumbs

Step 4: In a separate bowl, mix the egg, milk, and vanilla essence (if you are using it).

Step 5: Add the mixture above to the dry mixture and stir with a spoon until well combined.

rock cake mixture in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon

Step 6: Place some baking paper in the base of the air fryer basket, and using two spoons, scoop a large dollop of the rock cake mixture onto the baking paper, using the second spoon to scrape off all the mixture.

I managed to get 8 decent sized rock cakes out of this mixture, and so I cooked them in two batches. If you don’t want to cook them all at once, you could store half of the rock cake batter in the fridge for up to 48 hours. Leave it to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before adding it to the air fryer to cook.

rock cake mixture in air fryer basket

Step 7: Air fry at 160°C for 12 to 15 minutes. Mine were ready after 15 minutes for the first batch and after 12 minutes for the second batch (as the air fryer was already hot).

four cooked rock cakes in air fryer basket on baking paper

As always, keep an eye on your air fryer the first time you make these rock cakes, as different air fryers cook at different efficiencies.

They should be golden brown when they are ready.

rock cakes made in air fryer

Step 8: Remove from the air fryer basket and leave to cool for a little while before serving.

rock cakes made in an air fryer laid out on a plate

I hope you enjoy these air fryer rock cakes – let me know in the comments if you end up making them!

More Air Fryer Baking Recipes

Are you looking for more recipes you can bake in your air fryer? Check out some of these for inspiration;

rock cakes made in an air fryer laid out on a plate

Air Fryer Rock Cakes

Yield: 8 Rock Cakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Air fryer rock cakes are simple to prepare and are ready in less than 15 minutes.


  • 225g self raising flour
  • 60g sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 125g butter, chilled
  • 150g raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)


    1. In a bowl, mix the self-raising flour, sugar and baking powder together.
    2. Using your hands, rub in the chilled butter until it turns into breadcrumbs.
    3. Add the raisins to the breadcrumb mixture and mix until they are evenly dispersed.
    4. In a separate bowl mix the egg, milk and vanilla essence.
    5. Add the wet ingredients and mix until a wet dough forms. It will be sticky so use a spoon.
    6. Line the air fryer basket with baking paper.
    7. Use two spoons and scoop dollops onto the baking paper. Scoop a large spoonful with one spoon and use the second spoon to help scrape it all off.
    8. Air fry for 160°C 12 to 15 minutes. You may need to air fry in batches. The first batch I made took 15 minutes and the second batch took 12 minutes as the air fryer was already hot. As with all air fryer recipes keep an eye on the rock cakes when you air fry them for the first time and adjust your cooking time if needed.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 510mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

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