Food for gay men: Welsh Cakes

The perfect way to celebrate St David's Day.

Food for gay men: Welsh Cakes

These are one of my favourite treats - an ideal way to celebrate St David's Day, the national day of Wales.

If you don't want to use Lard, you can substitute it with butter - although the texture will be slightly different.

Having the right frying pan to cook these in makes a big difference. Ideally, you'd use an Aga, but other good options include an electric frying pan or a heavy cast-iron frying pan. You need slow, steady heat that's evenly distributed.


  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, cut into small pieces
  • 50g lard, cut into small pieces, plus extra for frying
  • 50g currants
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • splash milk



  • Combine the flour, sugar, mixed spice, baking powder and a pinch of salt into mixing bowl.
  • Using your fingers, rub in the butter and lard until crumbly.
  • Mix in the currants.
  • Work the egg into the mixture until you have soft dough, adding a splash of milk if it seems a little dry.


  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to the thickness of your little finger. If your dough is too wet to roll, just use your hands to flatten and shape.
  • Cut out rounds using a 6cm cutter, re-rolling any trimmings.
  • Grease your pan with lard, and place over a medium heat.
  • Cook the Welsh Cakes in batches. Cook until golden brown, crisp and cooked through.
  • Dredge the cooked Welsh Cakes through caster sugar to coat and then cool on a wire rack.
  • Welsh Cakes will stay fresh in a tin for up to one week.

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