Welsh Cakes with a Sew White Twist

March 7, 2015Sew White

To celebrate St David’s Day I made decided to try making something I never had before – Welsh cakes! Of course I decided to add my own twist. I’m not very good at sticking to a recipe.

Sew White Easy Cranberry ginger welsh cakes recipe 1

 I think for my first ever go they worked incredibly well. The original recipe uses currants and mixed spice and twist used cranberries and ground ginger. I really loved making something that was a mix of a biscuit and cake that took minutes and didn’t need an oven.

Sew White Easy Cranberry ginger welsh cakes recipe 2

This recipe is based on a Mary Berry recipe and makes about 30-ish Welsh Cakes.
You’ll need a big mixing bowl, 3inch round cutter. I like that these could be made in any shape. Love a cookie cutter!

– 350g plain flour
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder
– 175g unsalted butter
– pinch of salt
– 120g caster sugar plus extra for dusting with when cooked
– 60g currants
– 40g dried cranberries chopped up
– half a teaspoon of ground ginger
– half a teaspoon of ground mixed spice
– 1 large egg– 2 tablespoons of milk


– Sieve the flour, baking powder into a large bowl.
– Add the butter and rub the butter into the flour to make fine breadcrumbs.
– Stir in the sugar, pinch of salt, dried fruit and spice and mix in.
– In a jug lightly whisk the milk and egg until combined.
– Add the milk mix to the flour to make up a strong thick dough. You might need a little extra milk if the dough is too dry.
– Tip the dough on to a lightly floured work top and roll out to just shy of cm – if you want to be really precise about 5mm.
– Heat up a griddle or frying pan and on a low-medium heat add the cakes a few at a time – leave enough space for a spatula to get in to the pan to flip them.
– It takes a few minutes each side to brown. I checked every minute to see how brown they were and when the looked okay i flipped them. Suddenly these cake biscuits things have turned in to something like pancakes. I found my heavy based pan was too hot on a medium heat as I had a few burnt cakes but lowering the flame to low allowed them to cook fully and have a lovely golden brown appearance.
– Cook each side and then take off the heat and put on a cooling wrack and sprinkle with a little caster sugar.
– Enjoy x

Here are my gorgeous welsh cakes ready to be cooked.

Sew White Easy Cranberry ginger welsh cakes recipe 3

 I really love this way to cook cakes! I love that they rose a little too. A really really satisfying bake.

Sew White Easy Cranberry ginger welsh cakes recipe 4

Sprinkled with sugar. YUM YUM YUM.

Sew White Easy Cranberry ginger welsh cakes recipe 5

 I’d never had a homemade Welsh Cake before and I can totally see what the fuss is about. Delicious.

Sew White Easy Cranberry ginger welsh cakes recipe 6

 I’m already looking forward to making these again!

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  • Gemma

    March 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    mmm I love Welsh cakes. Mine are never as good as my mums though, I like them simple with only a dash of spice.

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      I shall have to try them with only a dash of spice. Sounds good to me 🙂

  • Olivia Jade

    March 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I baking posts, they always make me SO hungry though, your pictures are fab and the recipe is easy to follow 😀

    1. Sew White

      March 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Aww you are so sweet. You’ve made my day x

    2. Sew White

      March 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you! x

  • sharon martin

    March 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I’ve never tried a welsh cake but they look delicious.

    1. Sew White

      March 12, 2015 at 10:58 am

      You should they are like scones, biscuits and cakes in one go. You can’t go wrong!

  • Tracey

    March 12, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Gosh, these are the real deal! I’ve bought them in M&S before but never made my own. They look scrummy! I do own quite a few Mary Berry baking cook books. They’re usually fail-proof. I’ll have to check this one out! Tx

    1. Sew White

      March 12, 2015 at 11:32 am

      They were so easy too! I can’t believe it. Yum yum.

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