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Welsh Cakes Recipe

These scone-like cakes are traditionally cooked on a bakestone, a cast iron griddle. A nonstick frying pan or griddle would work well. These cakes are often made with candied citrus peel, but I substituted lemon zest in my recipe for a fresher flavor.

Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: about 10 minutes | Makes: 16 cakes

Welsh Cake Recipes


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups raisins
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • milk


  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Add the butter and shortening and mix until crumbly.
  3. Add the eggs and enough milk to make a firm dough.
  4. Stir in the lemon zest and raisins.
  5. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thickness and cut with a 3 inch cookie cutter.
  6. Bake on a greased griddle or frying pan over medium heat until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  7. Sprinkle with sugar immediately after removing from the pan.

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