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Parkin Cake

Parkin is a soft, ginger-flavoured egg-less cake based on ginger, oatmeal and black treacle.

It is moist, sometimes even sticky.

It is usually baked in a rectangular cake pan, and cut into squares to serve.

It's associated with both Yorkshire and Lancashire in England, but particularly Yorkshire. In Yorkshire, you can get it in stores year round. In other parts of England, you can often find it in stores around the 5th of November, as it frequently appears at Guy Fawkes bonfires.

In Yorkshire, many people used to bake two at once: one to age for a few days, and the other that would be served hot out of the oven, with apple sauce.

In Lancaster, there tends to be more oatmeal in the recipes.

Cooking Tips

Molasses can be swapped in for black treacle.

Storage Hints

Parkin Cake stores well for a week or two in a sealed container. Some say it's best when it is at least 5 days old.

History Notes

Park Cake seems to have originated in Yorkshire, though some hold to a Lancashire origin.

Some date the cake to Celtic harvest festivals. However, with the use of ginger, and a sweetener such as treacle (both products coming to Britain via Caribbean trade), and a chemical leavener such as baking powder or baking soda, it probably actually originated in the early 1800s during industrialization -- at least, in the form we now know it.

Language Notes

Sometimes spelt "Perkin."

Parkin and Perkin used to be the pet name version of Peter.

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Oulton, Randal. "Parkin Cake." CooksInfo.com. Published 15 October 2010; revised 18 February 2011. Web. Accessed 01/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/parkin-cake>.

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