Traditional Welsh Cakes


Prep time: 
15 minutes


This St David's Day, try your hand at making these traditional cakes. You can add cheese, leeks or any other savoury combination you enjoy. The only stipulation - serve warm!


  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • 2 oz castor sugar
  • 4 oz margarine or butter
  • 2 handfuls of sultanas
  • 2 eggs, depending on mixture


  1. Sieve flour into bowl, then add margarine or butter, rub in finely together.
  2. Add sugar and sultanas and mix.
  3. Add 1 egg and mix. The consistency needs to be bound together, so if too dry add another egg.
  4. Roll out on a floured board, to about a quarter inch thickness.
  5. Cut using a 2 inch (approx) cutter, then cook on a greased pan, or bake stone, on a medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes each side.
  6. The exact cooking length will depend on what you are cooking your Welsh cakes, but keep a close eye - too short a period and they won’t be cooked in middle, and cooked for too long and they will be dry. When touched during cooking they should feel springy, but not wet to the touch (no mixture should come out of the middle).
  7. Once cooked, dust with castor sugar and enjoy.


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