Home > Simple Snacks > Making Potato Cakes

Making Potato Cakes

By: Margaret Paxton - Updated: 24 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Potato Cakes Variations Scones Patties

The humble potato cake originated from Ireland. Traditionally cooked in a cast iron pan over an open turf fire, the potato cake was a cheap filling and tasty dish. Finely chopped cabbage and milk were added for extra nourishment and the cakes were cooked in bacon fat or butter.

Potato cakes were also eaten in Scotland and some Northern counties before becoming popular elsewhere. This simple dish is enjoyed all over the world-in some form or another.

Other names used include ‘tattie scones’ or ‘potato patties’ (scalloped potatoes in Australia) but potato cakes are not the same as hash browns.

Ingredients to Make 10 Basic Potato Cakes

Preheat oven to 220C if baking
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 75g butter
  • 60mls milk
  • 175g warm mashed potatoes


Sift the flour with the salt into a mixing bowl. Gradually rub in the butter. (An electric mixer can be used for this recipe.)Once the butter and flour mixture is thoroughly combined, add the mashed potato and the milk (a little at a time) then mix together to form a soft, but not sloppy, dough.

Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 10 rounds with a pastry cutter. Ideally, the potato cakes will measure between 5 and 7.5cm across.

They can now be sprinkled with caraway seeds if you wish and cooked on a floured baking tray in the oven-for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Alternatively, heat a knob of dripping in a frying pan and fry the potato cakes until browned on the outside.Drain and serve the cakes with your chosen dish.

Variations of Potato Cakes

Cheese potato cakes make tasty accompaniments to cold meat dishes, haddock or mixed bean salads.

  • 175g mashed potatoes
  • 12g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 25g grated Cheddar cheese (or any hard cheese that has a ‘bite’).


Mix all the ingredients together-either with a wooden spoon and mixing bowl, or, in an electric mixer.Heat a frying pan with a knob of dripping in it, or use a greased griddle.

If using a hot griddle, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto it and turn the cakes over once to brown them on both sides. This takes about 3-4 minutes each side.If baking in a pre-heated oven, follow the same guidelines as in the previous method.

More Variations

Finely chopped cabbage can be added to the basic dough-the resulting potato cakes are not dissimilar to bubble and squeak.A tablespoonful of cooked diced bacon, finely grated onion, chopped leek, mushrooms, tomato, or apple, puree make tasty alternative flavours to the basic dough and lend themselves as accompaniments to a greater variation of dishes.Add some crushed garlic or mixed herbs for a change, too, if you fancy!

Mixed with apple puree, the potato cakes taste great with pork chops or sausages.Chopped leek or onion added to the mixture complements cuts of lamb and cold chicken very well.Mushroom potato cakes go well with a steak and salad.

Mixed with onion and tomato puree, the potato cakes are good with homemade burgers.Wholemeal flour can be used in the mixture instead-or try them with oatmeal now and then.As always-use the recipe as a guide to get started on something new-then adapt it to suit your taste and create your own versions!Cheap, uncomplicated and not time-consuming, enjoy your tatties!

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
The potato cakes are really great and they taste wonderful
emzie 12345 - 13-Mar-11 @ 12:13 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Jack
    Re: How to Make Perfect Short Crust Pastry
    Would you please provide the links for: 1. Apple tart or galette crust 2. Apple pie crust 3. Can an enriched…
    12 September 2020
  • Smithy
    Re: Types of Pastry
    Have you a recipe for hard pastry used for encasing joints of meat and poultry before baking in an oven at low temperature? I think it is called…
    27 December 2019
  • vin
    Re: Making Fruit Pies and Crumbles
    i make crumble with corn corn flakes i make them into crumbs and the whole thing taste nice
    17 December 2019
  • Pullingers Pastries
    Re: Types of Pastry
    yes i like it crusty but also a bit moist. i think it adds the fun if it's smooth and moist. i don't really like it if it is flaky. it also needs a…
    15 October 2019
  • cgngjhg v
    Re: Types of Pastry
    what is the difference between flaky pastry and rough puff pastry
    20 June 2019
  • Rakel
    Re: Types of Pastry
    Pastry is kinda complicated but at some point it's under stood thanos for the information that helps us learn
    11 December 2018
  • Charlies daad left
    Re: Types of Pastry
    My dad left to the shop to get some pastry five years ago, has anyone seen him??
    6 December 2018
  • Mynanhasabbc
    Re: Types of Pastry
    MY NAN has some nice pastry if someone wants some
    6 December 2018
  • Ginny
    Re: How to Make Chutney
    I allowed my chutney to go cold before I put it in jars....will it compromise the taste or how long it will last?
    4 October 2018