Recipe: Delicious homemade Welsh cakes


It will soon be St David's Day so what better time to try a tradition Welsh cake recipe. A Welsh cake, for those not in the know, is a little cake flavoured with spice and dried fruit, baked on a griddle and best served warm and sprinkled with sugar.


Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, mixed spice) together into a mixing bowl.

Cut up the butter and rub into the flour. Stir in the sugar and fruit, pour in the egg and mix to form a dough, use a little milk if the mixture is a little dry.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of a biscuit. Use a pastry cutter to cut out rounds. Cook the cakes on a greased bake stone or griddle until golden. The heat should not be too high, as the cakes will cook on the outside too quickly, and not in the middle.

Once cooked sprinkle with caster sugar and serve with butter.

As an alternative you can try mixed dried fruit or tropical fruit.

Some grated lemon or orange rind is also good. An unusual but delicious addition is 1 teaspoon of lavender flowers with some citrus zest. Add a little orange juice, zest and icing sugar to some soft butter to serve with the Welsh cakes.


225g/8oz plain flour

100g/4oz butter

75g/3oz caster sugar

50g/2oz currants

½tsp baking powder

¼tsp mixed spice

1 egg

A pinch salt

A little milk to bind

Recipe courtesy of Visit Wales

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