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Yorkshire Parkin Cake Recipe

Traditional Parkin Cake Recipe

A delicious traditional cakes packed with ginger, treacle and oats.
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake, Desserts, Ginger, Syrup, Traditional, Treacle
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 Slices
Calories 197kcal
Cost £0.11


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Cake Tin
  • Scales


  • 200 g Low Fat Spread
  • 200 g Golden Syrup
  • 85 g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 85 g Black Treacle
  • 250 g Self Raising Flour
  • 100 g Porridge Oats
  • 1 Egg
  • 60 ml Milk (Skimmed)
  • 1 tbsp Ground Ginger


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/Gas 3. Line with baking parchment. Beat the egg and milk together with a fork.
  • In a saucepan, put the golden syrup, treacle and low fat spread. Melt and make sure everything is combined.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the oatmeal, flour and ginger, now pour over the syrup mixture, followed by the egg and milk. Mix well until everything is combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined baking tin and put into the oven for 50 mins - 1 hour. Check that the cake is cooked through by using the cake skewer. If it comes out clean, it is ready, if no, then it needs more time.
  • Once the cake is cooked, remove the oven and leave in the tin to cool.
  • Cut the cake into slices and enjoy with a nice cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate.


NOTE: This cake will keep for up to 5 days, so you can make it a few days before you need it. The flavours do develop over time and it does get better and better. 
*Prices correct as of October 2021
*This is 10 Syns per serving
Low Fat Spread 200 g 600 kcal £0.28
Golden Syrup 200 g 600 kcal £0.36
Dark Brown Sugar 85 g 319 kcal £0.16
Black Treacle 85 g 252 kcal £0.14
Self Raising Flour 250 g 885 kcal £0.08
Porridge Oats 100 g 370 kcal £0.32
Egg 1 77 kcal £0.15
Milk (Skimmed) 60 ml 30 kcal £0.09
Ground Ginger 1 tbsp 18 kcal £0.17
TOTAL   3151 kcal £1.75
PER SERVING   197 kcal £0.11