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Servings: 1 cake
Calories: 2709
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 6 oz plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 10 oz medium oatmeal
  • 6 oz black treacle
  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz soft brown sugar
  • 1/4 pint milk
  • 1 egg


  • Line and grease a 23-cm/9-in square cake tin. Sift togetherthe flour, salt, spices and soda. Add the oatmeal and toss lightly to mix.
  • Warm together the treacle, butter, sugar and milk until the butter has melted. Cool slightly, add the egg and beat well.
  • Pour into the centre of the dry ingredients and stir rapidly until smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake in a moderate oven for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Cook's Tip

  • Make an interesting apple and raisin parkin by mixing 50 g (2 oz) raisins and 50 g (2 oz) dried apple flakes into the dry ingredients. Combine as above.


Oven temperature 180°C, 350°F, gas 4
Calories: 2709 kcal
Carbohydrates: 395 g
Protein: 38 g
Fat: 106g
Saturated Fat: 63 g
Trans Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 419 mg
Sodium: 2065 mg
Potassium: 3370 mg
Fiber: 12 g
Sugar: 226 g
Vitamin A: 3275 IU
Vitamin C: 1 mg
Calcium: 1224 mg
Iron: 37 mg
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