Parkin Cake

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Total Time:
1 hour
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Festive Recipe
Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Easy

Parkin is a gingerbread cake that was traditionally made in northern England with oatmeal and black treacle. Parkin is baked to a hard cake but with resting becomes moist and sometimes sticky. Parkin is traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes Night,but is now enjoyed throughout the winter months and Christmas.

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  • 250 gms. plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 50 gm butter
  • 50 gm margarine
  • 250 gm medium oatmeal
  • 100 gm sugar
  • 150 gm golden syrup
  • 150 gm black treacle
  • 4 tbsp. milk

How to Make Parkin Cake

  • Grease a 10in x 8in cake tin and line with buttered paper
  • Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and ginger into a bowl
  • Cut the margarine and butter into small pieces and rub into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  • Stir in the oatmeal and sugar
  • Warm the syrup the treacle and pour into the centre of the dry ingredients together with the milk and beat lightly with a wooden spoon until well blended
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan
  • Bake in an oven at 180 degrees C for about 45 minutes until the parkin has begun to shrink away from the sides of the pan
  • Remove from pan leaving the greased paper in place. Cool on a rack
  • Wrap up in foil for about 1 week – the storing makes the Parkin really moist. So make it well in advance before Christmas or any festive occasion