Welsh cakes (Welsh: picau ar y maen, pice bach, cacen gri or teisen radell) are traditional Welsh snacks.

The cakes are also known as bakestones within Wales because they are traditionally cooked on a bakestone (Welsh: maen), a cast iron griddle about 1.5 cm or more thick which is placed on the fire or cooker; on rare occasions, people may refer to them as griddle scones.

Welsh cakes are made from flour, sultanas, raisins, and/or currants, and may also include such spices as cinnamon and nutmeg. They are roughly circular, a couple of inches (4–6 cm) in diameter and about half an inch (1–1.5 cm) thick.

Welsh cakes are served hot or cold dusted with caster sugar. Unlike scones, they are not usually eaten with an accompaniment, though they are sometimes sold ready split and spread with jam, and they are sometimes buttered. They are often eaten accompanied by a pot of tea.


Amount Ingredient
900g Self Rasing Flour
500g Butter
375g Caster sugar
1tsp Bicarbonate Soda
8 Eggs
250g Currants
1/2tsp Cinnamon
1/2tsp Nutmeg


* Rub butter and flour together to form bread crumbs,
* Mix in sugar, bicarb, cinnamon and nutmeg.
*Add currants to the flour and butter mix
*Finally add in eggs and mix to form a smooth dough.
*Lightly Flour a surface and roll out to around 1cm thick
*Use round cutters (3cm in diamiter)
*Cook on a medium head flat griddle or bakestone.
*Cook for a few minutes on either side until side is a golden brown.


RoadrunnerGER Says... 25 Jan 2012 , 4:39pm

Welshcakes!!! :D This reminds me of what I wanted to try ever since I came back from my trip to Cardiff last November. I loved the Welshcakes that we got in all kinds of flavours at the Victorian market hall. The recipe that I have is a bit different, has less eggs and uses lard in addition to the butter. As I didn't try it yet, though, I can't tell more about it. I really should give it a try soon. :) Everyone should give Welshcakes a try.

mychurch Says... 2 Feb 2012 , 1:14pm

i make welshcakes every week,is that the right amount of eggs? i use 2 eggs to 1 lb flour , 8 oz butter, 6 oz sugar , 4 oz sultanas. i havent tried your reciipe yet, but will give it a try. just wanted to confirm that is the right amount off eggs before doing so.

pastry_queen90 Says... 12 Feb 2012 , 2:20pm

@muchurch, I didnt acctually notice that, no there should only be 4 eggs for that amount that for pointing that out i will change it straight away :D.

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