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Traditional Welsh cakes have many of the same ingredients as a Scone, including their sweet currents. If you want something your kids will love, why not try this chocolate chip alternative that might even get them baking.  

What is a Welsh Cake?

Much like a Scone/Pancake marriage, these sugary rounds are baked on an iron griddle and best served hot covered in generous lashings of caster sugar. Great with a cup of tea and because of their mini size, they are perfect for a snack. 

This easy variation swaps the current for chocolate chips and has an added infusion of vanilla extract for a tiny round you will definitely want more of!

Chocolate Chip Welsh Cakes Recipe

Recipe by Chef Natalya AustinCourse: SnacksCuisine: Welsh


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  • 225g Plain Flour

  •  1 tsp Baking Powder

  • 1 pinch of Salt

  • 100g of Butter 

  • I tsp Vanilla Extract 

  • 50g of Caster Sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

  • 70g Chocolate chips 

  • 1 Egg beaten with 3 tbsp Milk


  • Add your flour, caster sugar, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl and mix until evenly spread.
  • Add the butter and mix by rubbing the mixture together by hand until you get a fine breadcrumb.  
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix evenly throughout the breadcrumbs then stir in your vanilla extract, milk & egg into your ingredients and mix until you have a firm like dough. 
  • On a lightly floured workspace, roll out the dough to roughly 5mm thick and cut out 16 round circles with your cookie cutter.
  • Lightly grease your griddle or iron frying pan with vegan butter. In a hot pan, bake on medium heat for 2-4 minutes on both sides until golden brown and slightly risen.  
  • Remove your hotcakes from the griddle, and sprinkle them with caster sugar. Serve warm or cold.


  • For this recipe, you’ll need a cast iron pan or griddle, a rolling pin, a 6cm biscuit cutter, a mixing bowl, weighing scales, nd a whisk.
  • CHEFS TIP – Add a pinch of chilli flaked for a perfect blend of chocolate and chilli!
  • For extra chocolate add cocoa powder to your dry ingredients.

Other Variations To Try

Here are some other Welsh Cake variations that you might like to try:

  • Vegan – No dairy? No problem. We have a Vegan Welsh Cake recipe ready for you. Using plant-based ingredients such as soy or oat milk you can enjoy these sugary current rounds that taste just as good as the original.
  • Traditional – Try the ultimate Welsh Cake, the traditional currents and sugared round. Using original ingredients including butter and egg, take a look at our Welsh Cake Recipe to try the Bake Stone where it all started.
  • Cinnamon & Cranberry – With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to get out the cinnamon. Replacing the currents with a handful of cranberries and adding a sprinkle of cinnamon gives Welsh Cakes the taste of the holidays. A really simple and easy ingredient swap that changes it up for the season and makes them great for a homemade Christmas gift.
  • Cheese – For the savoury pallet, again take out the currents and replace it with 70g of cheese, similar to making cheese scones. Continue with the recipe as normal but do not sprinkle with sugar at the end. Cheese Welsh Cakes are served plain or with butter.
  • Pumpkin – Great for Halloween but tasty all year round, you can either keep the currents in or take them out, make up a quick pumpkin puree and add to your mixture with your butter and add a little more flour to soak up the moisture. Naturally sweet and light pumpkin is a great alternative to traditional Welsh Cakes. 

You can also mix things up a little by trying out some of our Welsh Cake serving suggestions such as topping with butter and cheese or jam and clotted cream.

Natalya is a Welsh chef from the small town of Tenby on the south coast of Wales. With 17 years of experience as a professional chef, Natalya is passionate about Welsh cuisine and loves to use local produce in her dishes. As well as running her family-run business, Lemon & Lime Kitchen, she, and her wife sell their small online bakery produce on Etsy!