Pumpkin Parkin Recipe

Parkin is a cake originating from Northern England traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes Night. Its main ingredients are black treacle, oats and ginger. It’s baked as a dry cake that gets softer and stickier as the days go on.

I often bake Parkin in the autumn/winter time and this time I fancied putting my own spin on it and wanted to share the results with you.

Vegan Parkin

This recipe is not traditional as its a moist loaf style cake with pumpkin, as I love all things pumpkin – especially cakes. I also substituted golden syrup and soft light brown sugar for date nectar in this recipe to make it slightly less naughty. I actually think it improved this recipe as when eaten warm it tastes a bit like sticky date pudding.


  • 100g black treacle
  • 100g date nectar
  • 100g oats
  • 50ml rapeseed oil
  • 1 tin pumpkin puree
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice


Preheat the oven to gas mark 150˚C. Line a 2lb loaf tin with parchment/loaf liner.

Place a pyrex bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Add treacle and date nectar to the bowl. Stir to combine.

Add in the oats. Stir again. Leave this over the simmering water.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices with a fork and set aside.

Add oil and pumpkin puree to the treacle/oat mix. Stir with a spatula to combine.

Remove from the heat (with oven gloves) and place on heat resistant mat/tea towel.

Sieve the flour mix into the treacle mix. Combine gently with a spatula, but don’t over mix.

Pour mix into prepared loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes.

Leave tin to cool on a wire rack for an hour before removing from tin to finish cooling.

Parkin is meant to be wrapped and left for few days before eating, but I’ve never managed to do this.

I used Beloved Date Nectar that I received in my monthly cruelty free lifestyle box – TheVeganKind.  I highly recommend this monthly lifestyle subscription box, whether you are vegan curious or a long time vegan, its a lovely surprise every month.

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