Parsnip Cake

by Sep 16, 20140 comments

I had never baked with parsnips before but I decided to try them out when I wanted to bake a carrot and banana cake but I did not have any carrots yet I had plenty of parsnips. I ended up baking a parsnip cake with bananas which are entirely optional.

Some family members can be quite fussy so I decided to keep my substitution quiet.  Had I told them I am using parsnips and not carrots  the majority would have said they would not eat a cake with parsnip.

All I did was substitute carrots for parsnips in my usual carrot and banana cake.  If you have baked a carrot cake before you will realise the cakes are really moist because of the water content in carrots.  Parsnips do not have as much water so the cake is slightly drier but still delicious. No one noticed the difference. A three year old seemed to notice because he asked if there was coconut in the cake.  I guess he did notice there was something different but just could not tell quite what it was.


  • 280 grams self raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100grams light muscovado sugar
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 175grams grated parsnips
  • 175 ml vegetable oil (I use rapeseed oil)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 50 grams walnuts or pecans chopped (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
  • Grease and flour a 9 inch (23cm) bundt tin generously, with butter
  • Place all the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix
  • Add the sugar and stir
  • Finally add all the dry ingredients and the nuts, if using and mix well

Parsnip and banana cake

  • Put mixture into the bundt tin and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Test with a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the middle and if it comes out clean it is done.
  • Let it cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

If you do not have a bundt cake tin you can use a 23cm/9inch round spring form cake tin (bake for 1 hour 5minutes or until well risen and golden brown)or a tray bake tin (for 30-35mins or until well risen and golden brown) and cut the cake into squares to serve.

Always test you cakes with a cake tester or toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean it’s ready.

To decorate
Dust with some icing sugar
parsnip and banana cake

Cream cheese icing
200 grams cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100 grams icing sugar

Cream cheese icing method

Mix everything in a bowl and beat until smooth and spread over the cooled cake.

Serve and enjoy the parsnip and banana cake recipe


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