Recipe for Parkin – A Delicious Cake From Northern England

Have you ever tried Parkin? this delicious ginger cake famous in North England? It is traditionally enjoyed during Bonfire Night with a group of friends. You can also consider making them for your road trips. Read on to find out how it is made. It is easier than you think. All you have to do is follow the recipe for Parkin.


120 g of treacle
80 g of golden syrup
170 g of butter, additional for greasing
200 g of wholemeal flour
200 g of medium oatmeal
3 tsp of ground ginger
½ tsp of ground nutmeg
175g of brown sugar (soft dark)
¼ tsp of fine salt
1½ tsp of soda bicarbonate
1 egg
45 ml of milk


Step 1

Heat your oven to 310F. Add butter, syrup, and treacle to a saucepan and stir until it melts. Don’t allow the mix to boil. It is better to use a spoon that has been in hot water to avoid the ingredients from sticking.

Step 2

Take the mix off the stove and leave it aside. Grease a baking tin which would roughly be about 20 cm with butter generously and line it with some baking paper.

Step 3

Add the oatmeal, flour, spices, salt, bicarb, and sugar to a bowl and mix it well. Add the mixture of treacle to the dry ingredients and stir it until the flour becomes fine. Then beat the one egg with milk and empty it into the cake’s mixture. The batter created should be loose so it can be poured into the tin. You can add some milk if it is too thick.

Step 4

Pour the mixture into a tin and bake it till the center is firm. This should be about one and a half-hour. Keep a check so it does not overcook.

Step 5

Once it cools down in about 30 minutes, you can cut the parkin into squares. In case you do not enjoy the taste of nutmeg or ginger, substitute them with spices like cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice, or cardamom.