Welsh Cakes


  • 250g of plain flour
  • 1.25 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 125g of butter in small pieces
  • 112.5g of caster sugar (this is just how I worked it out from a conversion so don’t be exact – I never am and it always turns out perfectly fine!)
  • Sultanas – add as much or as little as you like but don’t go overboard or the mixture won’t gel together!
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk


  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl
  2. Add the butter chunks and rub together with your fingers
  3. Add sultanas
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients
  5. Add the beaten egg and the milk and using a bread knife ‘cut’ the ingredients together
  6. Flour a hard, cool surface and put the mixture on to it
  7. Roll out to your desired thickness and cut out using a cutter. Keep repeating steps 6 and 7 until you can’t make any more cakes – we don’t want any waste!
  8. Dry cook on a heavy bottomed griddle on a low heat until nicely browned. If you’re not sure if they’re cooked through then carefully cut one open and make sure they’re fluffy inside. Don’t worry if the top and bottom look a little burnt – it doesn’t make any difference to the taste!
  9. If you want you could add a little nutmeg or cinammon for an extra kick. It is, however, more traditional to dust the cakes with caster sugar.

7 Responses to “Welsh Cakes”

  1. martincrain February 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I made some of these, and they turned out brilliantly! Thanks!

    • scarletsculturegarden February 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

      Aww thanks – it’s good to know that it actually works for other people so you’ve taken a bit of a weight off my mind. Hope the instructions were easy to follow!

  2. tlwfc March 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    cakes from my home land, my nan used to make me special ones without the sultanas, used to hate them when I was a kid. and plain welsh cakes are nice too. Can’t wait to cook some of these!

    All I need now is a good cheese scones recipe. and I’m set.

  3. Monika Thornton March 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    OMG I have to make these, my mouth’s watering already!
    Visited Wales a couple of weeks ago (Snowdonia) and fell in love with it, stunning!

  4. thecuriousbaker March 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Wow! Never heard of welsh cakes before..they look good! Are they like scones?

    • scarletsculturegarden March 28, 2010 at 10:31 am #

      Yeah sort of, only they’re flatter so you can’t cut them in half and they’re a little denser too.

  5. thecuriousbaker April 2, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    But that’s the fun of scones, cutting them in half! but I guess if they’re denser, they could be just as good

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