Fancy a Leek & Cheese cupcake for St David's Day? Here's the recipe!

Published Friday, Feb 28 2014, 11:35 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
There's a few Welsh natives here in the Reveal office, so we all love celebrating St David's Day. That's why we were intrigued to hear about these amazing Leeky Cupcakes, made with leeks, bacon, cheese and eggs.

They've been created by Marjorie Massie, head baker at the Tea Room Chirk, which is based in the historical Welsh town of Chirk, near Wrexham.

Leeks are the national emblem of Wales and its patron saint, St David, famously ordered his Welsh soldiers to don leeks on their helmets in an ancient battle with the Saxons, which took place in a field of the now iconic vegetables.

leeky cupcakes tea room chirk

© Tea Rooms Chirk

The Leeky Cupcake contains leeks, bacon, cheese and Welsh eggs, making a delicious alternative to the trendy cupcake.

Tea Rooms Chirk Leeky cupcakes

© Tea Rooms Chirk

Cupcake creators Marjorie & Richard

Richard Massie from Tea Rooms Chirk says: "We wanted to go all out for St David's Day this year and our expert team has concocted this savoury delight to enjoy with a fine tea. It's almost like a savoury scone and we think they'll become a favourite.

"Not only are leeks our national emblem, they have a tangy but smooth flavour so we'd recommend enjoying it with a loose leaf elderflower tea, as a refreshing palate cleanser.

"As a nation we're proud of our history, heritage and culinary offering – and now, people can literally treat themselves to a taste of it all."

We can't wait to try them! They're on sale now at Tea Room Chirk but hurry as you won't be able to buy them after tomorrow!


  • Half a leek (washed and finely chopped)
  • 4 rashers of ‘Smoked’ Streaky Bacon (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (for frying)
  • 325g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 60g of coarsely grated welsh cheddar cheese
  • 120ml full fat milk
  • 120ml olive oil
  • 60ml sour cream
  • 2 Free range Welsh eggs
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • Topping to Savoury Cupcake
  • 400grams Cream Cheese
  • 130grams Sour Cream
  • 2 Tsp Welsh Honey
  • Chives Finally Chopped
  • Green Food Colouring
  • Spring Onions to decorate - Leek shaped, cleaned and cut


1 Pre-heat oven to 200oC (gas mark 6). Then place cupcake cases into cupcake tin.

2 Heat one tablespoon of olive oil into frying pan. Add finely chopped leek and bacon into frying pan and fry lightly until the leek is soft and bacon is crispy. Once cooked, drain the leek and bacon from olive and allow to cool.

3 Sift flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Stir in caster sugar and add welsh cheddar cheese, bacon and leek.

4 Put milk, olive oil, sour cream, eggs & pepper into a jug and whisk together.

5 Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with metal spoon or alternatively use an electric mixer.

6 Half fill cupcake cases with mixture.

7 Place in hot oven for 20 minutes until top is golden brown or place cake skewer and ensure it comes out clean.

8 Allow to cool fully.

9 To make the topping ix cream cheese, sour cream and honey together with a small amount of green food colouring and decorate cupcake.

10 Sprinkle on finely chopped chives over the savoury cupcakes and add the cleaned and trimmed onion to garnish.

Prep Time

About 20 minutes

Cook Time

About 20 minutes

Nutrition Information

Makes 12 cupcakes

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