This is one of the grandest looking cakes I have made. We are told it “blares ‘Celebration’!” and now after making it, I totally see why.
We are told it is “full of flavor, based on nuts cranberries and grated parsnips, a vegetable that might not spring to mind immediately when you are thinking cake”. We have 3 cakes that are layered with a cream cheese frosting and also a gingered-cranberry jam. It is then finished with a barely there coating of frosting on the side and topped with sugared cranberries, which I think steal the show.
I made this cake over two days, taking the tip from Dorie and that helped a lot with this cake. It also allowed for the assembling and chilling to be done for a perfect time to share on the second day. There is nothing terribly hard about this recipe, but it does take time.
I have to tell you, there was nothing really that excited me about this cake. 😳. I am not a fan of most of the ingredients and I have never bought or tasted parsnips so I just didn’t know what to expect…it didn’t help that it was likened to a carrot cake..which I am not a fan, nor are most of my family and tasters.
This cake smelled heavenly while baking! It looked beautiful when finished and really does make you happy as Dorie pointed out in her intro. We all gave it a try, and would you believe…apparently we are all big parsnip fans 😂😂. This cake was divine…I mean absolutely delicious. Everyone loved it…and was equally shocked by the look and taste. This is the type of cake I would say would be worth the effort to make for a gathering. It is that good…and so, so unexpected.
What a keeper!