Parsnip Mini Cakes Recipe

Your mom always said it was important to eat your veggies. Of course she probably wasn?t thinking they could come in such a unique little package.
Makes: Makes about 12 cakes.
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-Cavity Mini Fluted Tube Pan with vegetable pan spray.

To make candied parsnips, combine water and 1/4 cup sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and add parsnips. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until parsnips are tender; stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain.

In small bowl, toss remaining sugar and cooked parsnips together. Spread in an even layer over parchment paper to cool and dry.

For cake, combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and ginger in small bowl.

In large bowl, whisk eggs until foamy, about 1 minute; add oil in a thin stream and whisk until well combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in parsnip and nuts. Divide evenly into prepared pan.

Bake 22-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan. Remove from pan to cooling grid; cool completely.

For glaze, whisk together confectioners? sugar, browned butter and salt in small bowl. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until thick but spreadable. Ice tops of cakes; immediately sprinkle with candied parsnips.

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For candied parsnips:

For candied parsnips:


1/3 cup Water

granulated sugar, divided

1 cup granulated sugar, divided

grated parsnip (about 1/2 large parsnip)

1/3 cup grated parsnip (about 1/2 large parsnip)

For cake:

For cake:

all-purpose flour

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

granulated sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

firmly-packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup firmly-packed dark brown sugar

baking powder

1 teaspoon baking powder


1/2 teaspoon salt

ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


2 eggs

vegetable oil

3/4 cup vegetable oil

firmly-packed grated parsnip, roughtly chopped

1-1/4 cups firmly-packed grated parsnip, roughtly chopped ((about 1-1/2 large parsnips))

finely chopped walnuts, toasted

1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted

For glaze:

For glaze:

confectioners' sugar

1 cup confectioners' sugar

butter, melted and browned

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted and browned


1-2 tablespoons milk

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