Vegan Welsh Cakes

These soft Welsh cakes are vegan and low-fat, made with applesauce instead of butter and raisins instead of sugar. Dust them with powdered erythritol and savour them with a hot cup of tea.

Vegan Welsh Cakes


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs44.2 g16.1%
of which Sugars12.3 g13.7%
Fibers2 g7.1%
Fats5 g7.7%
of which Saturates0.7 g3.5%
of which Omega 30 g4.1%
Proteins3.9 g8.5%
Calcium79 mg7.9%
Vitamin A8 mcg1.1%
Vitamin C0 mg0.5%
Iron3.3 mg22.2%
Potassium172 mg4.9%
Sodium90 mg3.9%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Kcal237 11.9%
Macro split
  • net carbs 80%
  • sugars 22%
  • fats 9%
  • saturates 1%
  • proteins 7%
  • fibers 4%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
237 per serving

Welsh cakes are a British teatime favourite, and today we'll show you to make them vegan and sugar-free, using only applesauce and raisins. We're sure you'll love their soft, chewy texture and irresistible fruity flavour — and they're so easy to make too!

Welsh cakes originate in Wales in the UK, where they're also known as "picau ar y maen", which translates into "cake on the stone" in Welsh. They are a cross between a small pancake, a scone, and a plump cookie. Raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg are usually added to the dough to give these lovely treats a sweet and spicy note.

Pantry staples like flour, sugar, eggs, and butter are the main ingredients used to prepare Welsh cakes. They are combined into a pliable dough, similar to pastry dough, then cut into thick circles and finally cooked until slightly puffed.

As classic Welsh cakes include dairy, eggs, and sometimes even lard, they're unsuitable for those with food allergies or following a plant-based diet. With a few simple tweaks, we made our Welsh cake recipe vegan, dairy-free and egg-free. We swapped butter with applesauce, eggs with oil, and cow milk with oat milk. Also, we omitted the sugar and used more raisins instead.

Instead of being baked, classic Welsh cakes are usually cooked on a flat cast iron griddle or bakestone, hence their common name of "griddle cakes". But don't worry if you don't have one; your trusty frying pan works just fine. Grease the skillet with a little vegetable oil and cook the cakes as you would with pancakes. Easy!

Enjoy these delicious Welsh cakes warm with a hot cup of tea as a mid-morning or afternoon treat. You can dust them with powdered erythritol for a sugar-free option or top them with our healthy cherry jam for extra delight.


Measuring System
All-purpose Flour225 g
Baking Powder1 tsp
Ground Cinnamon1 tsp
Oat Milk75 mL
Sugar-Free Applesauce80 g
Extra Virgin Olive Oil2 tbsp
Raisins (currants or sultanas)100 g
Powdered Erythritol (optional for dusting) to taste

Step 1

Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to a bowl.

Mix well to ensure the baking powder is evenly distributed.

Then, tip in the milk, applesauce, oil, and raisins.

You can use store-bought applesauce or make it from scratch with our easy applesauce recipe.

vegan welsh cakes ingredients

Step 2

Combine the ingredients with a spoon until they come together.

Then, transfer the dough onto your worktop and knead it until it's smooth and pliable, similar to a pastry dough.

vegan welsh cake dough

Step 3

Now, roll out the dough between two sheets of baking paper to a 1 cm thickness.

Use the fluted edge of a 7 cm - 8 cm (3 inches) pastry cutter to cut out small round cakes.

how to cut welsh cakes with a cookie cutter

Step 4

To cook the Welsh cakes, heat a dash of oil in a large non-stick skillet.

Then, add four or five cakes leaving enough space for them to expand (1).

Cook them over low heat for 2 - 3 minutes on each side until they're golden and slightly puffed (2).

how to cook welsh cakes with a skillet
how to cook welsh cakes with a skillet

Step 5

Serve the cakes warm, dusted with icing sugar, or sprinkle them with powdered erythritol for a zero-calorie option.

vegan welsh cakes dusted with erythritol


  • Add a pinch of ground nutmeg to the dough mixture for extra flavour.

  • Store the cakes in an air-tight container for 3-4 days and lightly warm them up in the microwave or oven before serving.