Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Parsnip Cake,

When considering the similarities amidst the two most common root veg cakes (Carrot and Parsnsip!), clearly it is a logical jump to look to comparisons between the meeting of minds that took place between George Bush Jr and Tony Blair in the early 21st century. In this instance clearly the Carrot Cake can be seen as the Bush Jr type figure and Parnsip the Blair-ite.

Like Mr Blair, Parsnip Cake has often suffered lampooning by various types, many who regard the Carrot Cake's paler companion as weaker, less amiable and far too willing to acquiesce to the might and power of Carrot Cake. Often we have heard mutterings of 'lapdogs' as a metaphor in the relations between the two offshoots of this genre of root veg pudding...

But now, as with Tony Blair, it is Parnsip Cake's time! Ireland's just voted yes to the EU referendum thus setting up the possibilty of a Blair EU presidency and here, on a ubiquitous tastemaking food blog, is a saporous Parsnip Cake recipe for you all to try at home...

180g SR flour,
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda,
About 5 grated parsnips,
½ tsp caraway seed,
120g butter,
80g caster sugar,
2 eggs beaten,
Zest and juice 1 lemon

1. Heat the over to 180C
2. Sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, parsnips and Carraway seeds.
3. Cream together the butter, eggs and sugar and then stir in the flour mix.
4. Finally add the lemon zest and juice and bake for 30 - 40 minutes.
5. If you fancy some topping (it really doesn't need it..) mix up some icing sugar, butter and lemon (juice and zest!) and spread it on top.
6. If you've got them crown the cake with walnuts!


  1. Well I enjoyed it!

  2. look up a courgette cake recipe. made with olive oil, no butter, an upstart in the cake world!