Welsh Cakes

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: Makes about 12-15 cakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 1/2 cup currants or raisins
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • Butter or oil for cooking


  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    • Add the cold diced butter to the dry ingredients. Rub the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.
    • Stir in the currants or raisins.
  2. Form the Dough:
    • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the egg. Mix the egg into the flour mixture using a fork or your hands.
    • Add enough milk, a little at a time, to bring the mixture together into a soft dough. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  3. Roll Out the Dough:
    • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
  4. Cut Out the Cakes:
    • Use a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut out circles from the dough. Re-roll any scraps and continue cutting until all the dough is used up.
  5. Cook the Welsh Cakes:
    • Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Lightly grease the surface with butter or oil.
    • Cook the Welsh cakes in batches for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
    • Sprinkle each side of the cakes with a little granulated sugar while they are still warm.
  6. Serve:
    • Transfer the cooked Welsh cakes to a wire rack to cool slightly.
    • Serve warm or at room temperature with a cup of tea or coffee.
  7. Enjoy:
    • Enjoy these delicious Welsh cakes as a traditional treat for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!


  • Welsh cakes are best enjoyed fresh on the day they are made, but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. You can also freeze them for longer storage. Simply thaw at room temperature and warm in a low oven before serving.

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