Traditional Welsh cakes

Traditional Welsh cakes


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About this recipe: From the heart of rural mid-Wales come these traditional Welsh cakes. Eaten and enjoyed regularly throughout Wales, these traditional cakes, or a version thereof, have been kicking around for as long as anyone can remember. There is nothing fancy about a Welsh cake, and yet they seem to encompass all that one could ever want in a satisfying mouthful; sweet yet slightly salty, moist yet crumbly, light yet filling. Forget smelling the roses, instead, eat a Welsh cake and watch some rugby! Bendigedig!!

geneviever Hampshire, England, UK

Makes: 20 Welsh cakes

  • 225g salted butter or lard
  • 450g self raising flour
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 170g sultanas
  • caster sugar, for dusting

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:20min cooling  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. In a large bowl, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, eggs and sultanas. Mix with your hands until a firm dough forms.
  2. Turn out the dough onto a floured board and roll out until 1cm (1/2 in) thick, then cut into rounds using a fluted cutter.
  3. To cook, grease a bakestone or a cast iron pan with butter and then wipe away with kitchen paper. Cook the Welsh cakes for 2 to 3 minutes until a dark caramel colour forms on the underside, then flip over and cook the same on the other side.
  4. Arrange on a serving plate, then dust with caster sugar while still hot. Serve hot or cold.


Traditionally, Welsh cakes were made on a bakestone. These have become popular again and are easy to pick up in high street cooking supply shops.

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Reviews (8)


It seemed like there wasn't enough flour my mixture was just a gooey mess had to add a lot more flour till it formed a firm dough. A bit disappointed as I'm welsh living in England and these are the one thing I miss the most - 08 Jan 2014


Yum yum yum! These were totally lush and went down a treat. - 30 Jan 2014


Made these today for an afternoon tea party and they were fabulous. Light, crumbly - just as they should be. Followed the recipe exactly. - 30 Jan 2014

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