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Parkin - a Guy Fawkes Night traditon

Parkin is a traditional sticky oat spice cake from northern England that's enjoyed on Guy Fawkes Night., i.e. Bonfire Night.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British Inspired
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 15 or more servings
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup rolled oats large
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup or golden syrup if you can find it
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F or 275 F for convection bake. Lightly grease a 9x9 inch pan and line it with parchment paper.

  2. Stir together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and rolled oats in a large bowl.

  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add the corn syrup, molasses and brown sugar. Heat until warm but not hot.
  4. Mix this into the dry ingredients.
  5. Beat together the eggs and milk and stir this into the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until the center springs back and is set.
  8. Serve warm or cold, on its own, with caramel sauce or with baked apples.