Sunday, 15 January 2012

Sugar Free Welsh Cakes for Babies and Toddlers

I blogged a while back about a savoury welsh cake recipe, this is something far more traditional, well ok, not totally traditional, as it's with no added sugar.

They were a hit with the little man.  My husband and I liked them better with a touch of butter on top, melting over with a drizzle of honey...  Yum!  (Ok, we waited until he was in bed for that!)

Welsh Cakes for Babies and Toddlers - makes approx 20 depending on your cutter size


225g / 8oz SR flour
100g / 3.5oz Unsalted butter
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground mixed spice
125g / 4.5oz mixed fruit
1 egg, beaten
A small splash of milk


I used a food processor for this with the plastic blade attached.  This has the benefit of keeping most of the fruit whole but also processing some of it so the sweetness from the dried fruit is kind of 'released'.  You could make this by hand but the result will be ever so slightly different (but more traditional).

Rub or process the butter into the flour and spices until it resembles breadcrumbs.  Add the fruit, mix then mix in the egg and enough milk to bring it together into a firm dough (like shortcrust pastry dough.)

Turn it out onto a clean surface and kneed until it comes together.  Flour the surface and roll it out until it's the thickness of your little pinky finger.  Cut out in the shape of your choice, I keep them quite small for my son.  Any left over, bring together the dough again and cut out some more shapes.

Heat a non stick frying pan (or a traditional griddle if you have one and I don't mean a ridged griddle pan, I mean a flat, sideless cast iron pan) and put on the cakes.  Cook on either side for 3-4 minutes or until well browned (traditionally these are made pretty dark).

Allow to cool until suitable to give to your child.  They keep for a few days in an airtight tin or alternatively freeze and defrost as you want them.


  1. Thanks...we loved them. So delicious!

    1. I'm so glad you liked them. It's ages since I last made these. Must do again.

  2. I ate welshcakes yesterday for the first time and thought there must be a way to make them without the sugar. This recipe looks good. I usually bake once or twice a week so I will definitely try these out very soon :-)


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