Rock Cakes by Melinda


Rock Cakes by Melinda

Rock Cakes by Melinda

Melinda Vertlieb
Melinda created these rock cakes just before Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was released in theaters. She wanted to create something new that related to Harry Potter but also wanted to make cinnamon raisin bread. Thus, these cute rolls were born. They don't look or feel like a traditional rock cake, but all the classic flavors are there.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine British
Servings 20 rolls



  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (see note)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. yeast


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2–3 tsp. cinnamon


  • Warm milk in microwave for 40 seconds.
  • In bowl of stand mixer, dissolve yeast into milk. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  • Add first measure of sugar, applesauce, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix thoroughly.
  • Knead for 5–10 minutes with dough hook or until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl.
  • Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Divide dough into 20 equal pieces.
  • Flatten each piece into an oval about 1/2″ thick. Top each with filling ingredients: about 17 raisins and a small amount of sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough starting with shorter side and then pinch the edges together so that it forms a tight seal.
  • Place rolls seam-side down on parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 15–30 minutes.
  • Bake for 18–20 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack.


  • Mel's original recipe calls for "white whole wheat flour." Whole wheat flour is healthier, so give it a try! All-purpose will work just as well in this recipe.
  • Keeping the dough covered as you divide and shape the rolls will help prevent drying out.
  • The measurements noted for the filling ingredients are an estimate. Feel free to modify these numbers to personal taste.