Parsnip Cake

"My own addaption of a carrot cake. It's a quick, easy vanillary/butterscoth, melt in the mouth cake. sneaky use for winter vegies."
photo by Nictherunner photo by Nictherunner
photo by Nictherunner
Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 cake




  • Sift flours, spices& Baking soda into large bowl.
  • Combine sugar, eggs, oil& vanilla essence.
  • Add parsnip, coconut& fruit to egg mix.
  • Fold into flours, spices& soda with wooden spoon until JUST mixed.
  • Bake 180 for 1 hour in a well greased 23cm cake tin.
  • Ice with cream cheese icing.

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  1. Nictherunner
    Lovely cake, the crisp topping was a pleasant surprise. Bit too much oil though, I'll use about half next time
  2. siewyee.pang
    Great recipe. Moist and light at the same time. Very easy to make - the most tedious bit was grating the parsnip but hey it is worth it. I love it! Thanks for sharing it.
  3. paulinepage
    five stars for this cake!! It is wonderfull, thanks Lee!
  4. sugarpea
    Ouuuuuuuuuh, this is GOOD! Not in a million years would you guess that parsnips are in here. It's soft, fluffy, moist and has a thin crisp shell. We didn't bother with icing and didn't miss it. Only changes I made were to skip the coconut and sub chopped dried plums for the sultanas. I "grated" the parsnips with the food processor until the pieces were about the size of raisins. I will process it even more finely next time. I wasn't sure what mixed spices were so I made a teaspoon's worth of a mix of nutmeg, cloves and allspice. I baked it in a 10" springform pan as I didn't have a large enough cake tin and it all worked beautifully, as promised. Great cake, Lee.


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