Making Welsh Cakes For St. David’s Day

Having munched our way through many a pack of Tan y Castell’s finest Welsh treats,  we decided to have a go at making our own Welsh cakes.  There are lots of variations, some made with a traditional griddle and some without but here’s a great Welsh cakes recipe that’s ideal to make with your little ones.

Welsh cakes recipe - Caitlin holding a plate of freshly made Welsh cakes
Easy to follow Welsh cakes recipe

We found our recipe on the trusty BBC Good Food website here.

You’ll need the following ingredients:-

*  225 g plain flour
*  85 g caster sugar
*  1/2 tsp mixed spice
*  1/2 tsp baking powder
*  50 g butter cut into small pieces
*  50 g lard cut into small pieces plus extra for frying
*  50 g currants
*  1 egg beaten
*  splash of milk

Since I didn’t have baking powder, we used self-raising flour and we substituted the lard for butter, but this didn’t affect the recipe in the slightest.

Welsh cakes recipe - Caitlin tipping flour into a mixing bowl

Welsh cakes recipe - Caitlin holding a bowl of sugar

Welsh cakes recipe - adding the spice to the flour and sugar

Add the flour, sugar, mixed spice, baking powder and a pinch of salt into the bowl.

Welsh cakes recipe - Caitlin mixing the Welsh cakes ingredients

Rub in the butter and lard with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.  Then add in the currants and work the egg in until you have a soft dough with the consistency of shortcrust pastry.  If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of milk.  We had to add quite a bit of milk to our mixture.

Welsh cakes recipe - adding the sultanas to the dough

Welsh cakes recipe - adding the beaten egg to the dough

Once you have your dough, roll it on on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of your little finger. Use a 6 cm cutter to cut out the cakes.

Welsh cakes recipe - Caitlin rolling out the dough

Welsh cakes recipe - Caitlin using a cutter to cut out the Welsh cakes from the dough

Grease a flat griddle pan or frying pan with lard (we used butter) and put on a medium heat.

Welsh cakes recipe - Welsh cakes cooking on the hob

Cook the Welsh cakes in batches for about 3 minutes each side until golden brown.

Welsh cakes recipe - Linda Hobbis cooking Welsh cakes on the hob

Welsh cakes recipe - the finished cakes

The Welsh cakes will stay fresh in a tin for a week.  If you don’t eat them all in one go, that is!  And while you’re munching check out Caitlin’s award-winning poem for St. David’s Day “Colours of Wales”.

Welsh cakes recipe - Caitlin in Welsh Lady costume holding a plate of Welsh cakes



  1. 1 March, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    I love Welsh cakes, especially when they are warm. Your daughter looks so cheerful!

  2. Mariet at Practicingnormal
    1 March, 2015 / 8:50 am

    It looks like you've had a lot of fun. I'm surprised at how long these will keep. I'll give them a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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