The 1st of August is Yorkshire Day, and this year it just so happens to fall on a Saturday, so what better way to celebrate the weekend and the UK’s best county than with cake.

The Leeds Cookery School chefs have shared this classic Yorkshire Parkin recipe, an easy, no nonsense bake which is bound to delight!


  • 170g self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 120g oat flakes
  • 250ml golden syrup
  • 75ml black treacle
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 150g soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 25ml milk


  • Pre-heat the oven to 140c
  • Grease a 20 x 30cm cake tin and line with greaseproof paper
  • Sieve the flour, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and mixed spice into a large bowl. Mix in the oats.
  • Place the golden syrup, treacle, butter and sugar into a saucepan and heat gently until melted and well combined. Stir this mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  • Add the beaten egg and milk and mix to make a soft, almost pouring consistency.
  • Pour the mixture into the cake tin.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until firm in the centre.
  • Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5-10 mins before turning out.
  • Enjoy!