How to make Welsh Cakes

Have you ever tried making Welsh Cakes? Here is a simple step to step guide to making traditional and alternate delicious Welsh Cakes that you can enjoy every time:

Makes approximately 12 Welsh Cakes


  • 8oz self raising flour
  • 3oz unsalted butter
  • 2 ½ oz sugar (caster or granulated)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (level spoon)
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons cold milk (can use semi skimmed or whole milk)
  • 3oz currants
  • Extra flour for rolling out the dough
  • Extra butter to cook the Welsh cakes
  • Caster sugar for decoration (you can add cinnamon to dusting sugar to add extra flavour)


Before starting gather the equipment together

  1. Beat the egg and cold milk together and prepare an area or the pastry mat for rolling out the dough
  2. Weigh out the flour, butter and sugar into a medium sized mixing bowl TIP : To make weighing easier use a digital scales which allows you to tare (re-set) back to zero after each addition. This allows you to weigh directly into the mixing bowl and saves on washing up
  3. Use the measuring spoon to measure the salt and add to the flour, sugar and butter mix TIP :make sure the butter is at room temperature to make the mixing process easier.
  4. Rub the ingredients together until they form breadcrumb like mixture
  5. Add the currants and mix until they are evenly distributed
  6. Add the egg/ milk to the dough and bind the mixture together until a smooth TIP: If the mixture is too wet this can be addressed by using a little extra flour to roll out when the dough is formed. If the mixture is too dry and will not bind together add small drops of milk a little at a time until a smooth dough is formed
  7. At this point clean your hands lightly butter your Bakestone, place on the hob on a medium/low heat to start warming
  8. Roll out the dough on the prepared floured pastry mat or work surface until it is about ¼ inch thick. TIP : If your dough is sticky (too wet) just use a little more flour on the surface and your rolling pin
  9. Cut out the Welsh Cakes using your chosen pastry cutter, gather the un-cut dough bring together and repeat the process until all of the dough is used.
  10. The Bakestone should now be hot enough to start cooking the Welsh Cakes  TIP Controlling the Bakestone temperature is key to cooking the Welsh cakes.
  11. Place the Welsh Cakes on the Bakestone starting around the outer edge and finishing with the centre TIP Welsh Cakes cook the quickest at the centre of the Bakestone.
  12. Cook the Welsh Cakes on each side turn using a palette knife or spatula until they are a .golden brown colour, usually about 2 minutes each side
  13. When cooked remove and place onto a cooling rack
  14. Sprinkle the Welsh cakes with the caster sugar / cinnamon mixture TIP: Welsh cakes will keep fresh for several days is stored in a tin or air tight container and taste great after a few days with jam or butter

Alternate Flavours Ideas:

  • Coconut and cherry – ingredients as above but reduce sugar to 2oz and replace with desiccated coconut, replace currants with chopped glace cherries
  • Chocolate chip- ingredients as above but reduce sugar to 2 oz and replace currants with chocolate chips

Practice with lots of different flavours – if they are sweet reduce the sugar amount to compensate.

Have fun and enjoy

How to make welsh cakes, tips and tricks