Rock Cakes for Harry Potter

August 3, 2017 (Last Updated: February 19, 2020)
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These Rock Cakes are much better than Hagrid‘s which are similar in texture to actual rocks. Harry Potter would definitely approve of these raisin-filled drop biscuits.

Harry Potter’s birthday was this past Monday, July 31st. You may have noticed yet another Harry Potter marathon on Freeform if you live in the States and subscribe to cable. I can’t quite help myself from tuning into any Harry Potter marathon, although I’ve seen the films dozens of times and own them myself.

In honor of Harry’s birthday, my friend Camille and I decided to create a small feast for dinner that night. We made a couple recipes from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, which shares recipes of dishes mentioned throughout the series.

The main star of our meal was bangers and mash, or sausages and mashed potatoes with onion gravy. The recipe we used came from the Harry Potter cookbook, but here is a similar recipe that I have made before and also greatly enjoyed. Both recipes feature homemade sausages without casings, but the sausages themselves differ a bit, as do the mash and gravy recipes.

We cooked the bangers and mash together at dinnertime (which watching, you guessed it, Harry Potter), but earlier in the day I had whipped up our dessert for the evening: rock cakes. Hagrid’s rock cakes are mentioned no less than 3 times in the Harry Potter series.

While Hagrid’s are reminiscent of actual rocks, and are quite unpalatable, these rock cakes are lovely in comparison. Rock cakes are essentially free-form scones or drop biscuits. These are somewhat cinnamony, and studded with a plethora of plump raisins.

Whether you are belatedly celebrating dear Harry’s fictional birth, or simply seeking a delicate and easy-to-make sweet treat, these rock cakes blow Hagrid’s out of the water. Chances are you already have all of these ingredients in your pantry, so grab a mixing bowl and get cracking!

Rock cakes

Rock Cakes

These Rock Cakes are much better than Hagrid's which are similar in texture to actual rocks. Harry Potter would definitely approve of these raisin-filled drop biscuits.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 12 cakes
Calories 281 kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl. With your fingertips, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture reaches the consistency of wet sand.
  • Beat the egg together with the milk and pour it into the flour-butter mixture. Fold it together using a spatula to form a stiff dough (you can get in there with your hands too). Fold in the raisins. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet, dividing the dough evenly into 12 mounds.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the bottoms are golden, rotating the pan midway through baking. Cool before serving.

Notes & Nutrition

For rock-hard rock cakes like Hagrid’s, just bake them for too long and eat them a week later at your own risk!
Adapted from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Servings 12.0 * calories 281 * Total Fat 8 g * Saturated Fat 5 g * Monounsaturated Fat 2 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 36 mg * Sodium 73 mg * Potassium 268 mg * Total Carbohydrate 50 g * Dietary Fiber 2 g * Sugars 28 g * Protein 4 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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1 Comment

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    February 22, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! I’ve made it so many times, and they’re so good. I love the rustic feel to them – they actually look like rocks!

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