Chocolate Welsh Cakes

Giving up biscuits for Lent has meant I’m baking things to replace the banned biscuits, not exactly the healthy intentions I had in mind. Given I’m half Welsh, and proud before you ask, I often celebrate St. David’s day in a foodie vein; surely the best way to celebrate any special day in the calender. Be it Welsh Cheesecakes, Bara Brith , anything with leeks or Welsh Cakes I’ll try to bake at least one around the 1st March. Traditionally Welsh Cakes are made with raisins or sultanas but as I discovered at Fabulous Welshcakes in Cardiff Bay you can put different fillings in welsh cakes. I had a look around the baking cupboard, of which I swear I could open my own baking suppliers with, and found chocolate chips begging to be used.

Technically you could argue that these are not Welsh Cakes as they are baked in the oven and not on a griddle; I wanted to play around with recipes suitable for schools. I suppose they could be described as a richer version of scones, but with a lighter texture. By all means this recipe could be cooked the traditional way on a griddle giving the cakes the distinctive browned flat top and bottom. Both methods of cooking taste more or less the same they just look different. Perfect with a cuppa and in my eyes a perfect substitute for the banished biscuits.

Welsh Cakes
Makes 15

225g self raising flour
110g butter
50g caster sugar
75g chocolate chips
1 egg

1) Rub butter into flour until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar and chocolate chips. Break in egg and mix until you have a dough.

2) Roll out onto a floured surface until around 1cm thick and cut into 5cm rounds. Place on a lined baking tray. Bake at 180°c for 10-15 until cakes are golden.

Post Author: Jules

Freelance food geek who's passionate about food education.

0 thoughts on “Chocolate Welsh Cakes


    (February 24, 2010 - 9:19 pm)

    Did you say chocolate? I’ll need to give this recipe a try ;0)


    (February 24, 2010 - 9:32 pm)

    I will definitely be trying these. Do you think I could do them using this recipe but cooking on a griddle? Just fancy having a go.


      (February 25, 2010 - 10:13 pm)

      You should be able to cook them on a griddle. Cook for about 3 min each side.


    (February 24, 2010 - 9:51 pm)

    Oooh Lowen LOVES welshcakes. But I just add raisins. Not sure whether I should make these, she will never go back to eating the raisin ones!!


    (February 24, 2010 - 10:28 pm)

    Everything is better with chocolate chips!

    Katie xox


      (February 25, 2010 - 10:14 pm)

      Chocolate is like cheese & bacon it always makes things taste better!


    (February 24, 2010 - 10:40 pm)

    I do absolutely love having a Welsh cake with a cup of tea! Love the recipe, although having given up chocolate for Lent I’m going to have to wait a while until I can give it a try. x


    (February 25, 2010 - 1:30 pm)

    Welsh cakes NOT cooked on a griddle?!?!?! totally scandalous – but I might have a go anyway

    p.s. if they’re not cooked on a griddle, does that technically make them welsh scones? ;)


      (February 25, 2010 - 10:14 pm)

      I like the idea of calling them Welsh Scones ;)

    the caked crusader

    (February 25, 2010 - 2:57 pm)

    These look amazing – like flatter scones but with chocolate! You’ve thought of everything!!! Am printing this one off pronto!


    (February 26, 2010 - 10:13 pm)

    I like your thinking :) They look good x


    (February 27, 2010 - 10:18 pm)

    fabulous idea, i love scones and I love choc chip – who would have thought of combining them/! Will definitely be giving them a whirl. X


    (February 28, 2010 - 1:44 pm)

    I have been following your blog for a while now, love the recipes and the sentiment. Really lovely stuff.


      (February 28, 2010 - 8:05 pm)

      Hi Pippa,
      many thanks for your kind comment.

    Gary Owen

    (July 9, 2010 - 9:35 am)

    I would eat them with some allspice added and a hint of fresh lemon zest.
    Only problem when they come off the griddle I tend to eat the lot…yum nice and warm with some fresh cream….

    hey ill start the diet next week!

    Peter Roche

    (October 24, 2010 - 11:07 pm)

    We offer many types of welsh cakes.
    Different Flavours, Different shapes, Different designs, We are unique in what we do, we have 15 years catering experience.

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