Fat Rascal Cake Recipe

If you have ever tasted these delightful scones with a fruity twist, you know how addictive they can be. But what if you could make them at home, anytime you want, without having to travel to the UK? In this article, we will show you how to make the best Fat Rascals from scratch, using a tested recipe and some expert tips. Get ready to impress your family and friends with your baking skills and enjoy a taste of Yorkshire wherever you are.

What You Need To Make Fat Rascal Cake Recipe

Fat Rascal Cake
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • butter
  • sugar
  • orange
  • lemon
  • cinnamon
  • milk

Fat Rascal Cake Recipe

My take on the famous Betty's Fat Rascals; Fat Rascals are a cross between a bun and a scone, more like a rock cake, and are delicious when enjoyed with an afternoon cuppa. The origin of the name is unknown, but they are thought to have been made since the mid-19th Century under the name of Fat Rascals, although the original recipe is thought to be Elizabethan.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 356 kcal


  • 150 g plain flour, sieved
  • 150 g self-raising flour, sieved
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 125 g cold butter, cubed
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 pic orange
  • 1 pic lemon
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 150 g dried mixed fruit (currants, raisins and sultanas in equal quantities)
  • 1 pic large free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.
  • In a large bowl, combine both flours and baking powder and sift them together. Next, add the butter and mix it into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • After that, add the sugar, citrus zest, spices, and dried fruit to the bowl and mix everything together thoroughly. Then, add the beaten egg and enough milk to bring the mixture together and form a soft dough. Once the dough is ready, form it into six saucer-sized rounds, making them about 1" or 2.5cm deep.
  • Make a glaze by mixing the egg yolk and water together and brush it over the fat rascals. Then, decorate the tops with cherries and almonds (see photos). Transfer the saucers to a non-stick baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Once they're finished baking, remove the fat rascals from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
  • While fat rascals are best served warm from the oven, they can also be frozen and reheated in a low oven. Serve them alone or with a generous amount of butter.


Nutrition Information:
  • Total Fat 15g
  • Saturated Fat 9g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 78mg
  • Sodium 403mg
  • Carbohydrates 52g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 20g
  • Protein 6g
Keyword Fat Rascal Cake

Pro Tips for Making Fat Rascal Cake

Are you a fan of the traditional English treat, Fat Rascal Cake? This delightful pastry has been around for centuries and has become a staple in many households across the UK. If you’re looking to make your own Fat Rascal Cake at home, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together some pro tips to help you make the perfect Fat Rascal Cake that is sure to impress your friends and family.

Use the Right Ingredients

The first step in making the perfect Fat Rascal Cake is to use the right ingredients. You’ll need flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, milk, currants, candied peel, and an egg. It’s important to use high-quality ingredients to ensure the best possible taste and texture of your Fat Rascal Cake. If you’re unsure about the ingredients you need, visit a reputable bakery or check out online recipes to get started.

Mix the Dough Thoroughly

Once you have your ingredients, it’s time to start mixing the dough. Mix your dry ingredients, including the flour and baking powder, in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then, gradually mix in the dry ingredients, milk, and egg, until you have a smooth and uniform dough.

Add the Fruit and Peel

Next, it’s time to add the currants and candied peel to the dough. These ingredients will give your Fat Rascal Cake its signature taste and texture. Mix the fruit and peel into the dough until they are evenly distributed. Be careful not to overmix the dough, as this can cause the fruit and peel to become too finely chopped.

Shape the Dough

Once you’ve mixed in the fruit and peel, it’s time to shape the dough into Fat Rascal Cake shapes. Traditionally, these cakes are shaped like large scones and decorated with almonds and a cherry. Use your hands to shape the dough into large, round balls and place them on a baking sheet. Then, press an almond into the top of each cake and add a cherry in the center.

Bake to Perfection

Finally, it’s time to bake your Fat Rascal Cakes. Preheat your oven to 375°F and bake your cakes for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack before serving.


Making the perfect Fat Rascal Cake is easy when you follow these pro tips. Use high-quality ingredients, mix the dough thoroughly, add the fruit and peel evenly, shape the dough carefully, and bake to perfection. With these tips, you’ll be able to make Fat Rascal Cakes that are sure to impress your friends and family. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your own Fat Rascal Cake today!

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I'm Jennifer Tirrell, a self-taught baker, and founder of CakeRe. As an experienced baker and recipe publisher, I have spent over a decade working in the kitchen and have tried and tested countless baking tools and products. From classic cakes to creative twists, I've got you covered. So grab your apron and let's get baking!

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