Parkin Spice Cake

Presented in “Joy of Cooking” as a not-too-sweet Guy Fawkes Day cake. It needs no icing, although a warm, tangy lemon dessert sauce goes nicely. It’s a treat for breakfast with no more sweetening than the average packaged breakfast cereal.


Heat in a double boiler (or very gently in saucepan or microwave):

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup treacle (or molasses, if need be)

Mix in a bowl:

  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind


  1. Add 2/3 cup milk to the dry ingredients, alternating with the butter-mixture.
  2. Combine until dry ingredients are just moist. The batter will be thin.
  3. Bake in a greased 8 inch square pan for about 30-35 minutes, or until the cake begins to pull from the sides of the pan.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Eat and enjoy anytime—not just during November.

About Guy Fawkes: In 1605, Guy Fawkes and a group of co-conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

On the night of November 5, throughout Britain, bonfires are set alight, effigies are burned and fireworks are set off to commemorate Britain’s most notorious traitor

To find out more, read Antonia Fraser’s Faith and Treason, or check out .

Posted on November 2, 2015 and filed under desserts & sweets.