Welsh Cakes Recipe

This much-loved recipe for Welsh cakes comes straight from The Market Bakery at Abergavenny Market, so if you’re keen to bring a true taste of Wales into your home, look no further than these traditional treats!

Welsh cakes on a serving board. Credit: VisitWales/Crown Copyright

Ingredients (makes 10-12 cakes):

225g (1 4/5 cups) self-raising flour

65g (just under 1/4 cup) caster sugar

115g (1 stick) margarine/butter

1-2 handfuls of sultanas

1-2 eggs (as required)


Start by sieving the flour into a bowl and mix together with the margarine or butter.

Add the sugar and sultanas until combined. Next, add one of the eggs. If the mixture binds well, move on to the next stage. If not, add the second egg and mix until bound.

Roll the mixture out on a floured board until it is circa 6mm thick. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut 10-12 round cakes and bake on a greased pan until golden. This will take approximately four to five minutes on a medium heat. Once cooked, dust with caster sugar and enjoy!

Top tip: The cooking time will vary depending on the size of the cakes – when ready the cakes should feel springy, not wet to the touch. For this and other recipes take a look at the Visit Wales dedicated Welsh food page filled with information and traditional treats to try.

26 Feb 2021(last updated)

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