Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! You probably know if you follow my blog that I absolutely hate to see food wasted or thrown away, so I’m always looking for ways to use up leftovers and avoid any having to go in the bin (one day I will have a garden with a compost heap!). Food waste happens so much more than usual over the festive period so I’ve been doing my best to use up what I can. I found this awesome recipe for a Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake and it was just perfect as I had exactly the right amount of parsnips left over from Christmas dinner to use up. I’ve made cakes using courgette and carrots before, but never parsnip so I was also excited to see how it turned out.

Jump straight to the recipe!

I started by lining and greasing a loose bottomed 22cm cake tin. You can also use two sandwich tins if you wish.

I melted butter, light brown sugar and maple syrup on a low heat. I let it cool slightly. Use pure maple syrup if you can (not maple ‘flavoured’ syrup), I was lucky to receive some Canadian maple syrup as a gift.

I grated parsnips and an apple using a food processor. I added the zest and juice of 1 orange.

Into the cooled butter mixture I whisked eggs.

I then added the dry ingredients; self raising flour, mixed spice and baking powder.

Finally I folded in the grated parsnip mixture, as well as pecans.

I poured the mixture into my tin.

I baked the cake for around 1 hour on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Make sure it is done in the middle by testing it with a skewer as this is a very big and dense cake. If you use two sandwich tins, you will only need to cook it for around 30 minutes.

To make the filling I whisked mascarpone with maple syrup. I used my hand mixer to do this as it thickened the filling nicely. I cut the cake in half and spread it over the middle. I put the other half of the Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake on top and finished with a sprinkling of icing sugar.

The Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake was so delicious! I loved the freshness of the filling, the texture that the chopped pecans added and the overall flavour was absolutely scrumptious! I couldn’t have guessed there were parsnips in the cake if I hadn’t made it myself. Although it is of course still cake, it certainly felt like a healthier snack and made me feel much better after all the indulgence of the past week.


Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 175 g Butter
  • 250 g Light brown sugar
  • 100 ml Maple Syrup
  • 250 g Parsnips
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Orange
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 50 g Pecans chopped

For the filling

  • 250 g Mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 and line and grease a loose bottomed 22cm cake tin, or two sandwich tins

  2. Melt the butter, light brown sugar and the maple syrup on a low heat. Let it cool slightly

  3. Grate the parsnips and apple, add the zest and juice of the orange
  4. Whisk the eggs into the cooled butter mixture, then add the flour, mixed spice and baking powder
  5. Fold in the grated parsnip mixture, as well as the pecans
  6. Pour the mixture into the cake tin. Bake the cake for around 1 hour . Make sure it is done in the middle by testing it with a skewer as this is a very big and dense cake. If you use two sandwich tins, you will only need to cook the cake for around 30 minutes

  7. To make the filling whisk mascarpone with maple syrup using an electric whisk. Cut the cake in half and spread it over the middle. Put the other half of the cake on top and finish with a sprinkling of icing sugar.

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10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Mmmm loving the sound of this cake, especially with the addition of maple syrup! Thanks for sharing with Extra Veg, and all the best for the New Year!

  2. Ooh! This sounds fab, I love parsnips so wouldn't have minded if there was a faint taste, plus parsnips are full of natural sugars so perfect for baking I guess, defo going to give it a go. Glutarama x

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