Catherine Berwick's Parsnip & maple syrup cake

Catherine Berwick's Parsnip & maple syrup cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

The winner of Good Food's 20th birthday cake competition, we think this is the new carrot cake

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Unfilled sponges can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
697
protein
8g
carbs
79g
fat
41g
saturates
22g
fibre
3g
sugar
52g
salt
1.12g

Ingredients

  • 175g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 250g demerara sugar
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g parsnips, peeled and grated
  • 1 medium eating apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 50g pecans, roughly chopped
  • zest and juice 1 small orange
  • icing sugar, to serve

For the filling

  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Melt butter, sugar and maple syrup in a pan over gentle heat, then cool slightly. Whisk the eggs into this mixture, then stir in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice, followed by the grated parsnip, apple, chopped pecans, orange zest and juice. Divide between the tins, then bake for 25-30 mins until the tops spring back when pressed lightly.
  2. Cool the cakes slightly in the tins before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. Just before serving, mix together the mascarpone and maple syrup. Spread over one cake and sandwich with the other. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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notsomuffintop's picture
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I am about to embark on making this scrummy looking cake, cant wait to try it..... as every comment is a great one..

lizwillows's picture
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I made this for my partner's birthday as she's a keen fruit and vegetable gardener and foodie experimentalist. I followed the recipe and method to a tee apart from going with the suggestion in the comments of reducing the sugar to 175g. I baked it in the bottom oven of the Aga for 45 minutes and it was absolutely perfect. The only bit of near disaster came when I was trying to tip one of the halves onto a wire rack - it nearly split!
I've baked hundreds of cakes, hundreds of birthday cakes even, and this is right up there with the best. Very satisfying, tasty, so easy to make, and just a winner in every way.

sfrancis's picture

I typed in gluten free cake and this recipe came up but it does not mention gluten free flour. Has anyone done it gluten free?

the-cats-mother's picture
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I took this cake to work and everyone liked it, particularly the men for a change. However, somebody said 'It's very nice - but I like your carrot cake better.' So I don't think I'll bother making this one again, unless I have an assistant for the prep. All that peeling, grating, chopping and zesting put a damper on my enthusiasm!

heron1's picture
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Made this for my daughter's birthday. Everyone loved it. Will definitely make again.

mrsnc05's picture
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Even the fussiest eaters in my family loved this cake!

mrsnc05's picture
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Even the fussiest members of my family loved this cake!

lauren's picture
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LOVE this recipe! Made it for Easter 2012 and it went down a treat. We made it with gluten free flour as my daughter is coeliac and it turned out just as well as the 'normal' alternative (we used dove's farm SR for anyone who'd like to know). The cake was quite dense but we liked it like that as it was sticky and delicious. And the filling - YUM. I will be baking this again and again and would urge everyone to give it a go. The only thing my mum could comment on was that I should have iced it on the top and sides as well as the middle!

happydays95's picture
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Really lovely moist cake... had to cook it a bit longer, used cream cheese as no mascapone, worked very well..... one of the nicest cakes I've made from GOODFOOD, defo make it again.

lydia_schilbach's picture
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This cake is lovely and not at all parsnippy. I would however, say that it can serve way more than 8 portions (more like 16) because it is dense (in a good way) and the marscapone filling is rich (and gorgeous). I also "dressed" it with some piped filling mixture and whole pecans before dusting... it looks rather pro, even if I do say so myself!

purplegiraffe's picture
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Kids loved it!!!

jessdab's picture
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yummy! came out a lot darker than the picture and took at least 45mins in the oven but definitely worth waiting for. the cream filling is particularly good, will definitely use again for other cakes.

traciewebb's picture
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Forgot the stars - 5.

traciewebb's picture
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This cake is superb. I think it is my new favourite. Grating parsnip is a bit of a pain but definitely worth it. I put slightly less sugar in but otherwise stuck to the recipe. It's easy to make and very easy to eat! I shall definitely be making this again.

luisag's picture
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The prep takes a bit of time but it is soo worth it. Absolutely delicious! So moist and tasty, I may even prefer it to Carrot cake and that is saying something!

minicoopergirl's picture
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Damn I always forget to rate so here it is!!

minicoopergirl's picture
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Have made this today,so excited to try it,have guests for tea! Bet they wont guess as to whats in it!! My cake only took 30mins to cook its turned out just like the picture, I used cream cheese instead of mascapone, didnt think it needed the lemon juice thats I would normaly put with that, didnt have pecans so used walnuts instead. Kept having little tastes as I went, I think it would be ok without any nuts at all and would taste just as good, would keep everything else just the same.

lesleyboyzz's picture

I hadn't made a cake in over 5 years but having been given a glut of parsnips and fed up making parsnip soup, I tried this cake. I used golden syrup instead of maple syrup and it was absolutely delicious. As it didn't last very long, I'm making another one and will try it with maple syrup this time!

harmony802005's picture
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Made this cake for my mums birthday and she loved it no one could guess it had parsnips in it,she was amazed and my mum who is a chef has said this is the most amazing cake she has ever tried, that coming from my mum is an amazing comment,so yes this cake is a very big hit,just glad it came out so well,it looks like a dense cake but its not its quite light amazing cake,great recipe will be making this again

harmony802005's picture
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Made this cake for my mums birthday and she loved it no one could guess it had parsnips in it,she was amazed and my mum who is a chef has said this is the most amazing cake she has ever tried, that coming from my mum is an amazing comment,so yes this cake is a very big hit,just glad it came out so well,it looks like a dense cake but its not its quite light amazing cake,great recipe will be making this again

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