Saturday, 25 January 2014

Parsnip and maple syrup cake



I've been wanting to bake this cake since November last year and finally got round to it. At that time, I was looking for a gluten free recipe and somehow this came up in my google search but it is definitely not gluten free although it can be adapted to be gluten free. Anyway, it has been in my bookmarked recipes for months and I'm so pleased I finally got a chance to try it out as it was absolutely stunning. Everyone loved the cake and kept asking for the recipe. I omitted the pecan nuts as someone in the office is allergic to them but I would definitely recommend them as it will complement the flavours of the cake well and give some added crunch and texture. The cake is quite sweet from the parsnips, apple and maple syrup but not overly so and it paired well with the mascarpone cheese filling. I'm not sure that everyone would have guessed it had parsnips in them if I didn't tell them. 

I'm entering this to Bookmarked Recipes hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes.


I'm also sending it to Made with Love Mondays hosted by Javelin Warrior.


Finally to Tea Time Treats guest hosted by Jane from The HedgeCombers and run by Karen from Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is eggs, eggs, eggs! This would be the perfect tea time treat and of course contains eggs!



 cook butter, sugar and maple syrup 

 add flour 

 add grated parsnips, apple and orange zest

 


Recipe from BBC Good Food 
The only change I made was to omit the nuts.

22 comments:

  1. This looks great, I love vegetable cakes and have never tried parsnip before.

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    1. I've never baked with parsnips before either but I definitely will now. Really tasty.

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  2. Parsnips have so much flavor and they're so sweet, I'm surprised we don't use them for baking more frequently. This cakes sounds delicious with the apples and maple syrup - and so moist!

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    1. I'm surprised too and will definitely try to incorporate more parsnips in my cakes. I do like the combination with apples and maple syrup.

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  3. Ooh this sounds lovely, think I'll have to bookmark this as well. I really want to try parsnip in a cake.

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  4. Mmm I think would have to put the pecan nuts in it, sounds a great combination!

    I've cooked a tealoaf with parsnips before and whilst I couldn't taste them very much it added a nice sweetness and moisture to the cake!

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    1. I have to make this again with pecan nuts!

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  5. I baked with parsnips last week to make muffins- they felt very healthy so we tucked in with guilt free gusto!

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    1. Parsnip muffin will be next on the list then. yum!

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  6. What a lovely deep cake - I love it when you get a big slice!

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  7. I've never baked with parsnips but this looks lovely - and practically guilt free!

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    1. Oh indeed, it definitely has one or two of your five a day in there !

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  8. Looks lovely really moist and with parsnips in the bake, your cake is also good for you x

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    1. Thanks! It's full of fruit and veg so it would be wrong not to eat an extra slice ;)

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  9. I bet the parsnip has a sweet and earthy flavour for cakes, great idea! Thanks for another yummy sounding entry in to Tea Time Treats :)
    Janie x

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    1. The parsnips were delicious as they added sweetness and moisture to the cake.

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  10. I bet it went down well at work, looks yum!

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