A scone is a single-serving cake or quick bread . They are usually made of wheat , barley or oatmeal with baking powder as a leavening agent and are baked on sheet pans . They are often lightly sweetened and are occasionally glazed . The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. It differs from a teacake and other sweet buns , which are made with yeast . A scone is in some senses a type of pastry since it is made with essentially the same ingredients as shortcrust, though with different proportions of fat to flour. (WiKi) It is originated from United Kingdom.