Heart Shaped Valentines Welsh Cakes

Valentines Day on a Budget

Right after Christmas coming up with an elaborate Valentines celebration was more than the budget had room for. There was money for school Valentine cards and that was pretty much it.  With a tiny bit of ingenuity its pretty easy to celebrate Valentines on a very strict budget.  When in doubt bake or make something in a heart shape.

Welsh cakes aren’t served in Canada very often. I was the only person I knew who made them. My boys love them. For example, I made a batch of 24 at 10 pm and covered it with a towel. The next morning this is all I had left, my youngest son chomped his way through the rest. I love when that happens.


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Welsh Cake Recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 butter
3/4 cup currants
1 egg
1/3 cup milk

In a large bowl put in the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices. Mix really well.

Add the butter and cut in until crumbly (smaller than pea-sized bits). Add the currants. Make a well in the center.

Beat the egg and milk together. Pour into the well. Mix together like you would biscuit dough.

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Preheat a heavy frying over medium heat.

In the meantime quickly roll out your dough on a floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. You can remix the scraps and repeat to use up all the dough.

Melt a tsp of butter in the frying pan and add your welsh cakes. Brown them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Roll in sugar while still hot. This recipe will make about two dozen small cakes.

Note: Most welsh cake recipes say to fry the dough in hot lard, I dislike doing it that way. I don’t like the lard taste and if you do them in butter on high heat they tend to burn before the center is cooked.

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Serve the welsh cakes with tea, coffee, jam, or butter.  Put out the nice dishes with napkins and have a tea party.

Some Other Simple Ideas

Do you have a food that isn’t often allowed in your house?  In our home, I wouldn’t make deep fried food, wasn’t happening.  As a treat for one Valentines, I made them all you can eat french fries and served the ketchup on a separate plate in a big heart shape.

There are heart-shaped waffles, pancakes, cut out sandwiches, homemade pizza (a big favorite).  Heart shaped cake made with one square and one round cake cut in half.

Any treat given with love pretty much fits the occasion.  My boys knew our reality, so they didn’t mind as long as they had valentines gifts to take to school.




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21 thoughts on “Heart Shaped Valentines Welsh Cakes

  1. Leanna, Obviously they were super delicious if your kids ate that many before you saw them! They look yummy and pretty and I love your simpler and inexpensive ideas for valentines day. One thing my husband always made sure to bring a valentine for our kids, it made them feel so special.

    1. Aw Debbie, is that ever nice. Lovely that he is gentle and expressive like that. I bet those valentines made you melt every year. What a lovely memory.

      Happy Valentines. Leanna

  2. These sound so yummy! Do they have a texture similar to that of a scone? Pinning your recipe. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Hi Jann: They are more dense then a scone is. They have a texture all their own. Almost like a light dense short bread kind of? Thank you for the pin, please let me know how they turn out for you.


    1. Hi Susanne: They are easy peasy to do. When I had the boys all playing sports and starving these were a quick feed them fast favorite.

      I like the recipe because its a bit different and takes no special ingredients. Thank you for commenting. I love the TaDa party!

  3. Leanna, I have made welsh cakes several times. I cook them on my electric grill which works well. I will have to dig out a heart cookie cutter as you have inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Sylvia: That’s awesome. Do you find that if you cook them on high heat they don’t cook through, or burn? They are delicious little nibblies. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

    1. Actually that tea set was a gift from my daughter in law Shannon. She always knows exactly what I like. Its wonderful.

  4. They look seriously yummy Leanna, I can see why your son almost finished them off. I probably would have too 😉 I like your other valentine’s day ideas too. Spoiling the family once a year with food they’re not normally allowed to eat probably makes it way more special.

    1. Hi Michelle: You would not believe how impressed the boys were getting home made french fries. They were all big and active so I did alot of baking and cooking. I just wouldn’t do deep fried foods. They thought Mom was a geek with the heart shaped ketchups lol, I didn’t have to bother but its a girl thing.

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