Welsh cakes

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins


Makes 16
Pice ar y maen, a Welsh teatime treat passed on through generations and still as popular as ever. Perfect for making with the children

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal138
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre9g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.13g
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  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
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  • 50g butter, cut into small pieces



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  • 50g lard, cut into small pieces, plus extra for frying
  • 50g currant
  • 1 egg, beaten



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  • splash milk



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  1. Tip the flour, sugar, mixed spice, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Then, with your fingers, rub in the butter and lard until crumbly. Mix in the currants. Work the egg into the mixture until you have soft dough, adding a splash of milk if it seems a little dry – it should be the same consistency as shortcrust pastry.

  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to the thickness of your little finger. Cut out rounds using a 6cm cutter, re-rolling any trimmings. Grease a flat griddle pan or heavy frying pan with lard, and place over a medium heat. Cook the Welsh cakes in batches, for about 3 mins each side, until golden brown, crisp and cooked through. Delicious served warm with butter and jam, or simply sprinkled with caster sugar. Cakes will stay fresh in a tin for 1 week.

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Comments (82)

saraoram's picture

I made three batches of these Welsh Cakes at the weekend for a Church Worship Group for Children and Adults with Learning Difficulties. They went down a storm and I have e-mailed the receipe onto a friend.
They are so easy to make and you can use any shape cutter to make them special for any occassion. I think I'll be using the Christmas Cutters soon!

edwardskel's picture

Thumbs up! Absolutely superb. I'm from the rhondda and fancied making my own. Will definitely double the mixture next time!!

iamhanuman's picture

Just made these. Used self-raising flour and no baking powder, plus butter as the fat. Used no mixed spices too. Added a dash of lemon juice.
Surprised myself by making Welsh Cakes! :)

catherinebarwick's picture

Have made these several times now and they are firm favourites with my Welsh husband and friends!! They are so quick and easy too. I do always add extra mixed spice and don't bother coating with sugar at the end, They are particularly scrummy when still warm!

flirtinflight's picture

These are so yummy! Trying hard not to eat them all in one sitting! They aren't the same as my husband's gran makes but I am proud of them. I didn't have any lard so just used butter, and raisins instead of currants. I made them a bit thinner than I meant to but at least there are more welsh cake to eat!

natanya-joy's picture

I ended up putting a little too much milk in, and the mixture wouldn't roll, so I just made small balls with floured hands and patted them flat and popped them in the pan, and they came out lovely. I also added a little more mixed spice (actually I was all out, so I just used a half teaspoon of nutmeg, and a half of cinnamon) and they came out lovely. Definitely make them again!

hagaar's picture

Made these today as I have always fancied a Welsh Cake. I was disappointed as I expected them to be spicier than they were. I added 1 tsp mixed spice and they were still very bland. They took longer than the 3 minutes either side but maybe I had the griddle temperature too low.

Would look for another recipe for these before trying them again.

jensue's picture

My Welsh granny only baked with butter, so I do too because the taste is superb and lard leaves a coating on the palate.

pompeygreg's picture

I love Welsh Cakes, can't wait to try this recipe!

mymums01's picture

Eleanor, what is your welsh recipe please! I would like to make some to match my mums as she was welsh and I would love to replicate them.

mrsted's picture

Very simple to make, used Stork margarine instead of butter and lard and self raising flour.
Went in seconds so had to make another lot.

y-gwair's picture

You should never cook a Welshcake with fat, otherwise the taste of burnt fat will completely dominate the flavour. The traditional way to cook them is on a dry bake stone.

Neither should you use self-raising flour or add baking powder, otherwise they will be doughy and lack crispness. No wonder the standard of welsh cakes is universally low; the only recipes in the public domain are completely inauthentic.

danie_betty's picture

Went to Wales for holiday last week and didn't get to try these, so thought i'd rustle some up myself.

Absolutely delicious!

mrowen's picture

I used to work for Lord Beaverbrook and as I am from Wales I used to make Welsh cakes for all the Staff and His Lordship, they loved them.

emyr22's picture

I make this without adding any spice at all. The other ingredients are very subtle, and can be easily overpowered if you add too much.

The preparation is so easy - it's the cooking that takes a long time + you have to attend to them continually while they're cooking. I put 2 griddles on the stove at the same time. It halves the cooking time.

coralia's picture

I ended up baking in the oven 2 thirds of them, because the mixture sort of crumbled when it was time to turn them over in the frying pan. maybe i should have used more lard for the frying, either way, those I did manage to get almost right in the pan (ab 3) tasted very well, although they kind of fell apart if you lifted them in your hand.
those from the oven came out beautiful, swole up a bit and looked like cookies. all in all i was happy with the 'twist' i was forced to give them, they tasted really nice

woobytuesday's picture

I made these tonight to give to my (Welsh) boyfriend tomorrow as a treat. I tasted one and they are fabulous - I love them when they're still warm from the bake stone. I threw in some extra raisins as 50g didn't seem quite enough. And I used 100g butter instead of the lard as I'm a vegetarian. Amazing.

jackykelly's picture

Love these - so easy to make and delicious to eat. Don't know whether they really keep for a week as they don't last long enough in my house.

toddypoos's picture

Have just made these for the first time for my welsh boyfriend - hope he comes home soon, else I will have eaten them all ! Absolutely gorgeous and very simple to make - Thanks

juliebahrain's picture

Made mine using all butter - absolutely great!


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