Recipe: St David's Day Welsh cakes

As it is St David's day today, and as the Welsh rugby team were playing yesterday (they won!) I decided making Welsh cakes would be a fitting activity for me an elder son to do.

I had never actually made Welsh Cakes before, so I googled, and the top result was this BBC article so decided to go with that, with some alterations, as always, based on what we had in the cupboards/could be bothered to buy.

It's a good recipe to do with children, as its really just measure out the dry ingredients, then rub in the butter, then roll and cut out - all of which can be done with pretty much any age children (elder son is 3 1/2 and he helped with all steps).


  • 225 grams plain flour
  • 85 grams caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg (this and the cinnamon was in absence of all spice, where as we had these, so i just jammed these in)
  • 110 grams unsalted butter
  • 40 grams raisins
  • 40 grams choc chunks
  • 1 large egg


Lightly grease a heavy base pan
  1. Chop the butter up into small-ish cubes

  2. Weigh out dry ingredients and rub in butter

  3. Add raisins and choc chunks

  4. Add the egg and combine until you have a smooth dough

  5. Flour a surface and roll out the dough so about 1 cm thick

  6. Cut the welsh cakes to whatever shape you want (as you can see, we had hearts, stars, circles and gingerbread-men shapes)

  7. Cook them in batches on the pan, roughly 3-5 minutes each side (until lightly browned)

  8. Take them off the heat, sprinkle with caster sugar and eat whilst still warm

  9. Watch Wales win in the Rugby
rob hinds Shambolically fumbling my way around the kitchen

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