Parsnip, Pecan and Maple Syrup Cake

February 12, 2013

Parsnip and Maple Syrup Cake

The recipe for this cake caught my eye recently on the BBC Good Food site and begged to be baked! Funnily enough I’d been searching for a little birthday cake inspiration and this happened to be the first one that popped up. Not the obvious choice for a birthday cake, but I made it nevertheless for Mr F’s recent Big Day. And being the winner of the Good Food’s 20th Birthday Cake Competition and coming complete with an enormity of rave reviews how could I not?.

I’ve been meaning to try my hand at baking with parsnips all parsnip season, and was particularly delighted to find such a gorgeous recipe. So far my foray into veggie baking has taken me to Beetroot (wonderful in a choccie cake, sadly baked pre-blog but must be made again!), Squash, Pumpkin (Chocolate Pumpkin Cake), Courgettes (Courgette Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd) and of course Carrots. Do please enlighten me if there’re any other veggies worthy of caking up?

Parsnip, Pecan & Maple Syrup Cake

Since I barely changed a bean of this recipe (other than slightly lowering the sugar content and upping the amount of apple), I’m not going to re-write the recipe but it can be found on the BBC site by clicking here: Caroline Berwick’s Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake.  Please do try it too, it’s a wonderfully moist and wonderfully flavoured cake that’ll wow the most ardent of parsnip haters.  And the mascarpone and maple syrup centre is truly heavenly!.

Being a ‘bookmarked recipe’, I shall be entering it to Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes February Bookmarked Recipes Round-Up.

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As parsnips are well and truly in season (though I fear I only have two or three biggies left in the ground) I’m entering the recipe to Ren’s Fabulicious Food Simple and in Season event, this month hosted  by Cake, Crumbs and Cooking.

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27 thoughts on “Parsnip, Pecan and Maple Syrup Cake

  1. thegardendeli

    Delicious looking cake – if I can find my remaining parsnips in the mud bath that is my garden at the moment, I’ll have a go at baking one! Have you done any baking with sweet potatoes – I reckon there must be a cake recipe out there using them?

    1. Chez Foti

      Ha ha, I’ve just googled sweet potato cakes – and yes there appears to be a whole host of wonderful recipes!! I must try to complete my foray into veggie cake baking. Any other veggie suggestions?

  2. Jayne

    Lovely looking cake, I’m fascinated can you taste the parsnip very much? I love parsnips but find if I add them to anything the taste overwhelms.

    1. Chez Foti

      You can just about taste them, but it’s very subtle and certainly not overwhelming. They had a little sweetness but are particularly useful for the moistness they add to a bake.

  3. Vanesther

    This looks so good! And your photos are amazing! I first tried baking with parsnip last year, and made some parsnip, carrot and honey muffins and was surprised at just how good they were. Definitely bookmarking this recipe 🙂

    1. Chez Foti

      I reckon this cake could tempt even the most ardent of parsnip haters! It’s surprisingly good and the parsnips only give a certain sweet and moistness, not their actual flavour. Sweet potato cake baking for me next….do you have a recipe?

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  5. bakecakecrumbs

    Ooh, thank you for linking up to Simple and in Season! Having made this cake myself a couple of times I completely agree that it’s one of the nicest cakes you can make! Seems surprising given the ingredients but it’s one of those where the whole is more than the sum of the parts.

  6. Nell

    This looks delicious! I love the combination of maple and pecan and another parsnip based cake I bake always goes down well so will definitely be giving this a go. Beautiful photos 🙂

  7. hungryhinny

    Thanks for sharing the link to this in your comment on my aubergine cake – seeing other bloggers make a recipe successfully gives me a lot more confidence that it will turn out well!



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