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St. David’s Day Welsh Cakes

St Davids Day Welsh Cakes

Have you ever heard of St. David's Day?

I personally had never heard of it before until I was invited to a St.David's Day gathering this weekend to enjoy in the heritage festivities of the this Welsh tradition.

St Davids Day Welsh Cakes

Now most everyone has heard of St. Patrick's day, have you not?  This saint is from Ireland. We drink green beer and Irish traditions are well known around the world. However, St. David was born some time in the middle of the 6th century, about 542 AD, in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, and is thus the only one of the British Saints to be Patron of his home country.

St Davids Day Welsh Cakes

St David  also known as Dewi Sant was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. He spread the word of Christianity across Wales.

The most famous story about Saint David tells how he was preaching to a huge crowd and the ground is said to have risen up, so that he was standing on a hill and everyone had a better chance of hearing him. He was known as a powerful orator and many legends grew up about miraculous events around him.

St Davids Day Welsh Cakes

St. David died on March 1st in 589 AD and he was canonised in 1120; his feast has been celebrated on the anniversary of his death ever since.

There are many customs and traditions to be enjoyed by all. Of course there is rugby but that is a little difficult to play in an apartment in Hong Kong. So instead one of the guests shared with us the story behind the Welsh Heart (Love) Spoons and the tribute to their rugby teams. Welsh heart spoons have the tradition of being gifted during weddings or other significant joyous events. Each carving has distinct meanings and sediment to those it is passed on to and is cherished by the family or team it is given to.

St Davids Day Welsh Cakes

The Welsh Heart Spoons are carved from one piece of wood to display the carver's skill. The carver uses nothing more than a pin-kinfe, or small pocket-knife. The handle received his full attention and skills, eventually being carved with piercings, relief, fretwork, or all three woodcarving techniques.

Wooden chains, swivels, balls within chains and rings displayed even greater skills, as the carvers figured out how to make these from one piece of wood.

St Davids Day Welsh Cakes

During St. David's Day celebrations there is a lot of singing, playing of the harp and of course eating. The national emblems of Wales is the daffodil and the leek. Our dear hostess created a lovely potato and leek soup and I needed to bring a dish to pass.

I did a little research on-line to find out about some traditional dishes from Wales and of course Welsh cakes came up over and over again. Welsh Cakes are a lovely little treat kind of the cross between a cookie, scone, pancake. There are cooked on top of the stove and are to die for either hot off the griddle or at room temperature with a bit of jam, honey or with whatever suits your fancy. Now here came my stress, I was going to create a dish I had never made before and bring it to a group of friends that have made this dish a million times before and a tradition handed down from generation to generation. (No stress here...)
St Davids Day Welsh Cakes
My dearest Jamie Oliver, don't fail me now....! I made some adjustments to Jamie's recipe and I guess it was not a complete failure as one of the proper Welshman, after eating about 8 Welsh cakes or so, asked me if I made these Welsh cakes as these tasted just like the ones he used to have growing up. Either he was just trying to make my day or this was the highest compliment. Please give it a try yourself and let me know what you think. Please read on to hear how to make these yummy Welsh Cake Treats...

St. David's Day Welsh Cakes

Adapted from Jamie Oliver's Recipe in Oct 2012 Jamie Making you a Better Cook Magazine

Makes about 32 cakes (maybe more as my teenager was eating them hot off the griddle faster than I could count them)

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups coconut flour (just because I ran out of regular flour but it really makes the cakes yummy)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons milk (I used soy milk)
  • Oil spray
  • Extra sprinkle of granulated sugar for garnishing
  • Garnishes (butter, assorted jams, honey, even shipped cream and berries- whatever your little heart desires)


  1. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into bowl. Add butter and mix until resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar and raisins. Beat the eggs lightly and add to flour mixture with just enough milk to make a firm dough similar to shortcrust pastry.
  2. Chill dough 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch on floured surface and cut with 3 inch rounds. (I used a glass to make round circles and one of my heart-shaped cookie cutters) Bake the cakes on a greased griddle over low heat until golden brown. Cool and sprinkle with sugar. These also freeze well.
  4. Enjoy St. David's Day Welsh cakes on this special day or any day you want a lovely snack, yummy breakfast treat or tea time treat. Traditionally it is served with jams or honey. You can also really kick it up with some whipping cream and berries for a real treat. They can be served hot off the griddle my favorite or at room temperature. Happy St. David's Day!

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St. David’s Day Welsh Cakes

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March 4, 2012

  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Yields: 12 Adults or 2 Hungry Teenagers


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  • Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge

    This is a new one for me 🙂 Sounds like a good reason to celebrate and eat yummy cakes. They do remind me of a pancake. 🙂 Look really good.

    Happy (late) St. David’s Day 🙂


    • I agree any excuse to eat! They are the same size as a pancake but more dense and kind of chewy on the inside. I think they are kind of in-between a scone and pancake. BAM

      • Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge

        Yet another one to add to my “must make” list. 🙂

  • These look amazing!!! I need to try them…

  • Love the stig! And the cakes for st. Davids day 🙂

    • Thanks Tandy. I am waiting to see how many notice the Stig from Top Gear. My hubby adores this program.

  • I love the history with this delicious post!
    And those pictures are killing me, eat them as ‘pancakes’ for breakfast 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks. Have you ever had them before? They are bit different in texture than pancakes but really delicious any time of the day. Take care, BAM

  • I noticed Stig but didn’t know who it was till I read Tandy’s comments. My son loves Top Gear too and if I remember his teachings correctly, Stig is a professional race car driver who stays behind his mask on the program. Enough of that… Love the idea of a combination pancake, cookie, scone. The coconut flour is a great idea. I like to sub coconut milk, coconut oil in recipes. Didn’t know there was a coconut flour. Now I do. Thanks, Bam.

    • Hello Kathleen, “The Stig” is proving to be a bit hit in this post. Maybe, I will have to include him more often. Actually the coconut flour was a happy accident. I only added it because I ran out of regular all purpose flour. However, it gives the dish a little extra sweetness and uniqueness. Take Care, BAM

  • I was stopped in my tracks to see The Stig amongst your Welsh cakes…he looks pretty happy there, in as much as one can tell with The Stig! Jessa will have to add…”some say, he loves a good Welsh Cake…” We love Top Gear and are gear heads over F1. These little cakes look so inviting and I love that the texture is a cross between, cookie, pancake and scone…just like they look. Really enjoyed reading the history of St. David’s Day and a bit about the Welsh…great post!

    • Thank you. I am glad that some other people find Top Gear amusing as well. I am sure that Jeremy Clarkson would also approve of the Stig hanging out is a sea of Welsh cakes.

  • Lovely and interesting! I adore pancakes, so I am sure I will love these!

    • Please do give them a try and let me know what you think. Take Care, BAM

  • Oh, I love Welsh cakes – my mother used to make them all the time. I loved how bready and compact they were – lightly dusted with sugar and juicy with the fruit inside. Thanks for the trip down memory lane – I think I’ll need to make some sometime!

    • I am glad I could bring a little nostalgia your way. What spices, if any, did your mum add to the mix? Everyone has their own variation of this recipe. Take Care, BAM

  • Oh, wow do these look delicious 🙂 I have to try them soon!

    • I hope you do and please let me know how it goes. Maybe you can shape them in the form of shamrocks just for the heck of it….Take Care, BAM

  • These are so lovely!

  • I absolutely enjoyed the story about St, David. I know I’ve never heard of it at all, so it was great reading about it. Now onto these welsh cakes… DELISH. I absolutely love how they turned out. So fluffy and so good 🙂

    • I’m glad you feel a little more informed about St. David’s day. I was in the dark about the whole event until this weekend.

  • You have to know that I am longing to have a Welsh heart spoon now!! I’ve never seen anything like it!! And you made wee little heart Welsh cakes… so pretty!! Loving all of this today!!

    • The love spoon was carved by hand. What a beautiful Welsh tradition. Take care, BAM

  • can’t wait to try this… i’ve always bought the pancake mix at the supermarket… what a cheat! 😉

    btw, i nominated your blog for Kreativ Blogger Award.
    kindly view my blog for the details.
    thanks and keep on writing! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for nominating me for the Kreative blogger award. It was very sweet for you to think of me. Take Care, BAM

  • Yummy looking cakes! I would go for the strawberry-blueberry-whipped cream version! 😉

    • Me too, it’s kind of like a fancy dessert but with little effort. Take Care, BAM

  • I have to say St. David’s Day is new to me. But I’m always looking for something to celebrate! Recipe looks fantastic – thanks for adding a new holiday to my calendar!

    • Thanks for stopping by. March is relatively a boring month, so now we have St. Pattys day, St. Davids day and Marty Gras to cook some festive treats for.

  • Those cakes looks absolutely scrumptious! Never heard of St. David’s Day, but thanks to you now I know so much about it!

    • Thanks Shumaila. I think it so interesting to learn about other cultures and of course if that something has to do anything with food, I am all about it! Take Care, BAM

  • Ooh!!! I’ve never had these before…they look DELICIOUS!

  • I learned something new today, St David’s Day! The recipe looks and sounds wonderful. Thank you.

  • Jo-Lyn

    lovely little cakes! and a history lesson, too! thanks!

    • Thanks Jo-lyn. I hope that next year you might have a new date on your calendar to enjoy some new treats.

  • I can’t believe I forgot about St David’s Day (I’m from a looooong line of Welsh). and Welsh cakes, I haven’t had those for years!! Drool……..

    • Can you speak Welsh? This language seems very difficult.

      • I leanrt a very little as a child. But no. My family, Dad, grandparents, cousins etc all do, as do a few friends.

  • I love finding new blogs! And I feel like I’ve learned so much from reading this post. Would you say these are similar to crumpets?? I love crumpets, so if they are, I know these will be right up my alley. 🙂

    • Welcome Courtney! Thanks for stopping by so that I could find your cooking website. Welsh cakes are kind of like a crumpet and would be perfect for high tea.

  • Such a great post! Never heard of St. David’s Day, now I know. 🙂 They look amamzing!

    • Thank you for stopping by. I hope your St. David’s Day was grand. BAM

  • I’ve never heard of the name “Welsh Cakes” before but they look so delicious! I love your tea set too – I’d be happy having tea time with you. 🙂

    • Good eye Nami-san! This little tea pot is from Japan and is one of my favorites as it was a gift from one of my dear friends. Please let me know if you ever stop by Hong Kong as I would love to have you for tea. Ja Mata, BAM

  • I’ve never heard of St. David but now I have something interesting to share! These little cakes sound delicious! I have heard of Welsh Cakes, but have never tried them nor really knew what they consisted of…and I bet your addition of coconut flour added a bit of extra taste!

    • Thanks. The coconut I know is not very traditional but it really does make them very moist and flavorful. BAM

  • Yum, these look lovely

  • LOL re Stig spotting! I get my content searched for “Chipconnoisseur” – if it;s there I ususally receive a txt within an hour of posting – he does have a busy job. PS I want one of those cakes!

    • Good eye Martyna regarding the Stig spotting. I am still waiting for my hubby to comment. I guess the Stig is still on duty…. Take care, BAM

  • I love the addition of the coconut flour BAM. I don’t use it often enough. These look divine and I will certainly add these to my list of new recipes to try. They look so good makes me want to grab one right out of the computer screen. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Karista. I use coconut flour and many gluten friendly alternatives in my home as I am gluten intolerant. I also love your “run for the bus pancakes” that are so vey similar. I will have to give yours a try but maybe with almond flour and some adjustments. Take Care, BAM

  • I had not heard of St David’s Day before. I love the look of your little cakes…I think they turned out perfectly. Well done, Bam!

    • Bams Kitchen

      You just have to love Jamie Oliver… this recipe is spot on but I did replace for a bit of coconut flour and that was delicious.

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