Welsh cake

Welsh cake

Home-made Welsh cakes
Alternative names Bakestones
Place of origin Wales
Serving temperature Hot or cold
Main ingredients Flour, sultanas, raisins, and/or currants
Variations Llech Cymraeg, jam split
Cookbook: Welsh cake  Media: Welsh cake

Welsh cakes (Welsh: picau ar y maen, pice bach, cacen gri or teisen radell), also Welshcakes or pics, are traditional in Wales.[1][2] They have been popular since the late 19th Century with the addition of fat, sugar and dried fruit to a longer standing recipe for flat-bread baked on a griddle.[3]

The cakes are also known as bakestones within Wales because they are traditionally cooked on a bakestone (Welsh: maen), a cast iron griddle about 1.5 cm or more thick which is placed on the fire or cooker; on rare occasions, people may refer to them as griddle scones.[4]

Welsh cakes are made from flour, butter/lard, currants, eggs, milk, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.[5] They are roughly circular, a few inches (7–8 cm) in diameter and about half an inch (1–1.5 cm) thick.

Welsh cakes are served hot or cold dusted with caster sugar. Unlike scones, they are not usually eaten with an accompaniment, though they are sometimes sold ready split and spread with jam, and they are sometimes buttered.


See also


  1. "Food recipes -Welsh cakes". BBC. 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  2. "Welsh cakes". Visit Wales website. Welsh Government. 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  3. Encyclopaedia of Wales 2008 pp 931
  4. "Fast facts about Welsh cakes - and a recipe". OnlineWales Internet Ltd. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. "Traditional Welsh cake recipe". Visit Wales, Welsh Government. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
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