“ Type: Breads/Cakes „
I went down to cardiff bay today and went into Fabulous Welsh Cakes. I was dissapointed the welsh cakes were over cooked & overpriced which is not what I expected from the reviews that have been posted on here.I don't think I will be going there again in a while.
I'd never tried Welsh cakes before last week, so when I had a packet bought for me as a gift from my brother (who lives in Wales unsurprisingly) I was looking forward to trying them. Overall, I do think they're tasty but I'm not a sultana person so they don't appeal so much to me.
They're so good apparently that the site pretty much dares you to try them and disagree. They've also won 'a highly commended in the True Taste Awards' so they must be doing something right.
Fabulous Welsh Cakes are handmade and baked (on a griddle) using a traditional recipe of 'the finest ingredients', namely free range eggs, Welsh butter and sultanas. They're free from additives and preservatives too, so they do seem to be good quality products that aren't just reeled off a manufacturing line; care, tradition and quality has gone into baking them.
I've seen similar in Tesco produced by Brace's which cost 96p for a pack of 6; I haven't tried these so I can't really comment, but if you want something a bit fancier and handmade, with that bit of added specialness then Fabulous's cakes are worth trying. They made a lovely present just because of the packaging - a neat cardboard box with a modern design and logo, so they get good marks for presentation. I'm not 100% sure about where you can buy them other than the Fabulous shop which is in Mermaid Quay in Wales (Cardiff area). They sell various other bits and pieces in there so it's a good place to pop into for general Welsh-souvenir/traditional/gift type things.
Luckily, my brother left a receipt in the bag and I believe it said these cost £2.50 for a pack of 6...not cheap by any means but like I said, it's good as a gift (though not something I'd recommend regularly to snack on at home). Each cake is relatively small though thick enough to make one a nice snack with a cuppa tea. They're not as soft as I expected which I think is a good thing, so they're a bit crispier around the edges and have quite a sweet taste from the butter. They're slightly dry in my opinion though and I don't like sultanas (but there's the right amount in each cake in my opinion) so I can't give them 5 stars.
Great for a gift as they're well-presented, quality products, and quite unique if you consider they can only be bought from one shop (please correct me if I'm wrong). Worth a try if you're in that area :o)
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay has a great purpose built shopping centre, if you wanted to you could spend the biggest part of the day wandering around. Not only is it filled with good shops it has a large selection of cafes, bistro's and restaurants.
The Fabulous Welsh cake shop is situated in the Mermaid Quay shopping centre and is a very novel idea.
Just before I launch into telling you about their delicious Welsh cakes I will just take a moment to tell you what else they stock.
The shop has that sparkling contemporary appearance, white shelving that has been filled with goodies. For the most part all of the gift range on offer has a Welsh theme and why not indeed?
They have Welsh pottery, skincare products, paper products, home made preserves and some beautiful jewellery on display.
But one of their major attractions are their home made Welsh cakes. It is fascinating to watch the Welsh cakes being cooked on the griddles and if you behave yourself you may well be offered a free sample!
There may be a few of you who are wondering what Welsh cakes are, so let me just take a moment to explain.
Some fresh butter is rubbed into some self raising flour until the mixture is crumbed, then some plump juicy sultana's are added to the dry mixture. After adding some sugar a well is made in the middle of the dry mixture and then some free range eggs are cracked and beaten and added to the ingredients to make a soft dough. Sometimes if the dough isn't pliable enough a little milk is added.
The next step is to flour a surface so that the soft buttery dough can be rolled out. It is rolled out till it is about three quarters of an inch thick and then it is cut into neat circles with fluted edges.
The next step is to cook the Welsh cakes and this is done in the shop on top of a griddle, the Welsh cakes are placed on the heat leaving space in between each cake for expansion as the cooking process takes place. After a couple of minutes the Welsh cake is turned, this ensures that the cakes are evenly cooked and this process carries on until the cake is `cooked through` and looks golden on the surface. When the Welsh cakes are still warm some castor sugar is sprinkled onto the top of each cake and they are at their very best when they are eaten warm.
So what do they taste like?
A very moist scone, but they don't need any butter!
The Welsh cake mixture is rich in itself and the juicy sultanas offer extra sweet moisture. Although the cakes are slightly crumbly they can be eaten without a plate, I will vouch for that!
The castor sugar on the top is delicious and the cake is firm as you bite into it, each cake has a lavish amount of sultana's and considering they aren't large cakes they are pretty filling.
The Welsh cakes are generally sold in packets of six or bags of eighteen mini cakes.
But the Fabulous Welsh cake shop in Mermaid Quay have got other great ideas for their wares and they have created small bags of mini Welsh cakes that are beautifully wrapped in cellophane to give as wedding favours, so I rather expect that many Welsh wedding receptions have handed out the miniature welsh cakes to their guests.
The owners of Fabulous Welsh cakes love a challenge and they are happy to provide bespoke hand made Welsh cakes for any corporate event.
The idea behind the venture is brilliant, the Welsh cakes are superb and they have just won a highly commended in the 2009/2010 True Taste Awards.
So if you are considering visiting Mermaids Quay in Cardiff then don't forget to call in at Fabulous Welsh Cakes.
Sorry I can't supply the calorific values but...maybe it is as well that I can't!