Parsnip Cake {Testing CL Recipe}

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

I have not baked for a while, but Baby MiH went for his longest nap ever and I am glad I tried out the Country Living (UK) Parsnip and Walnut loaf cake. It is delicious. 

To make the cake (for 8 fat slices)
  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 150 g soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ripe medium banana, mashed
  • 150g self-raising flours, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 125g grated parsnip
  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped
For the topping
  • 60g very soft butter
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 75g full-fat cream cheese (I actually used lighter)
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

How to make it?

1. Heat the oven to 170 C (150 C fan oven) gas mark 3. Grease and line a loaf tin. 
2. Whisk the oil, sugar and egg together until lighter in colour. Whisk in the banana. 
3. Fold in the flour, baking powder and spice, followed by the parsnip and walnuts. Turn into the prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
4. To make the topping, neat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the cream cheese, a spoonful at a time, followed by the maple syrup. Spread over the top of the cake. 

My aim was the following picture... 

Look at the thick topping - very unlike my own
Clearly I have an issue with the topping, look-wise, although it tastes amazing, so I will not complain too much. 

Yummy! Let me know if you make one and what your topping looks like... 


  1. oh it looks too delicious for words, love carrot cake and have to try this!

  2. The gooey topping is due to the light cream cheese. Something about it makes cream cheese frosting turn to mush. Unfortunately, for frosting, full-fat is the way....

  3. Ooh I love the look of this (except the parsnips here are ridiculously skinny - probably not cold enough) and shall try it when I'm back in England. Now a Frenchman once told me that parsnips were what the French fed to their this true??

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  5. This cake looks really yummy! Though I never thought of using parsnip in a cake... Is the parsnip taste still strong after baking? I was hungry before reading this... And now... (>_<) But its the middle of the night so... I'll just hit the sack.

  6. This looks good and super moist.
    My niece is a lil over five weeks old. My sil has been waking her up every two hours or so during the day to play with her and such and so she'll sleep better at night. My niece is a really mellow baby and boy can she sleep.