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Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake

Parsnip & Maple Syrup Cake

Delicious cake with grated parsnip, maple syrup and sweet mascarpone filling
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 401kcal
Author thebakingexplorer


For the cake

  • 325 g Self raising flour
  • 200 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice
  • ½ tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 235 g Vegetable oil
  • 125 ml Maple Syrup
  • 4 Eggs large
  • 250 g Parsnips grated (about 3 medium parnips)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 50 g Pecans chopped

For the filling

  • 250 g Mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line two 8" cake tins (that are at least 2" deep)
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the self raising flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, mixed spice, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  • In another bowl, or large mixing jug, whisk together the vegetable oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs
  • Pour the oil/egg mixture into the mixing bowl with the flour in it, whisk everything together
  • Then mix in the grated parsnips and the chopped pecans
  • Divide the mixture between the tins, use scales for accuracy
  • Bake them for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks
  • To make the filling use an electric mixer to whisk the mascarpone with the maple syrup until smooth
  • If the cakes have domed on top, level them off with a cake leveller or a serrated knife
  • Put one of the sponges on your plate or cake stand and spread the sweentened mascarpone over it
  • Put the other half of the cake on top and finish with a sprinkling of icing sugar
  • Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days


Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead


Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg