Recipe of the week: Parsnip and maple syrup cake, and clotted cream ice cream

Inspired by the humble vegetable, this luxurious dessert is full in flavour yet surprisingly light. Served with clotted cream ice cream, the cake is laced with citrus flavours from the grated apples, orange juice and zest without losing the spicy sweetness of the parsnip. The maple syrup helps blend the eclectic mix of flavours to create a cake that is a must-try for all.

Parsnip and maple syrup cake, clotted cream ice cream



140g unsalted butter
200g sugar Demerara
80g maple syrup
200g self rising flour
6.5g baking powder
6.5g four spices
3 medium eggs
200g grated parsnips
200g grated apples (Golden Delicious)
40g pecan nuts
200g orange juice and zest


200g mascarpone
64g maple syrup


Melt in a pan butter, sugar and maple syrup.

Add the orange juice and zest, the grated apples and parsnips, then the eggs.

In a bowl, mix the flour, the baking powder and the four spices.

Chop the pecan nuts and add them to the dry mixture.

Combine both mixture and let rest for 15 minutes.

Divide the mix in 4 portions and pour each in separate trays, lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 160 degrees Centigrade for 15 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the mascarpone and the maple syrup and let rest in the fridge.

When the cakes are cooked and cold, top one layer of cake with some cream, repeat the operation until you have 4 layers of cake and 3 layers of cream.

Store in the fridge for 3 hours, and then cut in individual portions.

Serve with clotted ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Thank you to Vincent Ménager, Executive Chef at The Balcon London, for the recipe.

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Comments (1)

  1. This looks superb and definitely worth breaking the diet for! Lovely way to sneak in fruit and vegetables for the kids. Perfect for a summer dessert too…

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