This week I fancied baking something totally different, and parsnip is something I'd never baked with before so thought I would give this recipe a go!
Parsnip & Hazelnut Cake
~ Ingredients ~
350g Parsnips Grated, squeeze out any excess moisture
Grated Zest of 3 Lemons
250ml Rapeseed Oil
95g Chopped Roasted Hazelnuts
145g Soft Brown Sugar
125g Stem Ginger chopped
250g Self Raising Flour
3 Large Eggs
~Cream Cheese Topping ~
125g Butter Softened
250g Full Fat Cream Cheese
1tsp Vanilla Essence
125g Icing Sugar
25g Crushed Hazelnuts, plus a handful of halved hazelnuts to decorate.
~ Method ~
Pre heat oven to 190 degrees and grease and line two 20cm round cake tins.
Mix together the parsnips, lemon zest, oil, eggs hazelnuts and stem ginger.
Next add the flour and sugar and mix well until everything is combined.
Divide the mixture equally between the two baking tins and spread out evenly.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.
My cakes took exactly 30 minutes today.
Allow the cakes to cool slightly then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cakes are cooling, prepare the cream cheese topping.
Beat the butter until smooth then add the cream cheese and vanilla essence, and mix, next add the icing sugar and beat until topping is smooth and fluffy.
Finally assemble your cake, spread some of your topping over the top of one of the sponges, then place the other sponge on top and use the remaining topping over the top of the second sponge. Next sprinkle generously with the crushed Hazelnuts and arrange the halved Hazelnuts to finish the decoration.
Now enjoy with a nice cup of tea!
This was quite an experimental recipe for me and I'm not sure I would do it again, It's not bad but perhaps more of an acquired taste as it is quite 'parsnippy' !!
I have had some different opinions on it ~ some have liked it others haven't so give it a try!
As ever you are all welcome to leave your comments & blog links below
Till next time my lovelies!