Parkin Cake for Guy Fawkes Night
Parkin Cake is a rich, ginger, oatmeal molasses cake. Traditionally enjoyed in the U.K. for 5th November, aka Guy Fawkes night.
This is England’s own version of gingerbread. If you’re from the North of England, you know what this cake is. Traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes night which is an annual event every 5th November (also known as bonfire night).
You know that England comes with a lot of history and some of it seems a little whacky to others, but for kids, it’s a fun night.
Guy Fawkes was a bad dude who had a failed attempt to torch the Houses of Parliament this night in 1605, known as the ‘Gunpowder Plot.’
It is tradition to burn bonfires on this night and to burn a dummy ‘guy’ to signify the demise of Guy Fawkes. Celebrations also include fireworks and food, like sausages (or hot dogs) cooked over the fire and this Parkin Cake.
This cake is supposed to not be eaten right away. It is baked then stored to develop a sticky texture. Who can wait that long to eat cake? I don’t, it’s usually all gone within 24 hours.
In England, black treacle is traditionally used, but this is hard to come by in the U.S., so molasses is substituted.
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