Parsnip Cake & A Cookbook Giveaway

Monday, November 19, 2012


Parsnip Cake _ Slices

In the 156 updates about the new house, here is the latest. A new dining room and chairs were delivered last Saturday turning the new pad into a real home. At least, that's how it feels to me. Seeing this new space where new and visiting friends would now gather and break bread with us truly made me feel peaceful.

Having been brought up among amazing cooks who took every opportunity to gather friends and feed and wine them, and where no Sunday was without a dozen people gathered at the dining room table, I knew the moment of feeling home would truly come when that corner of the house would no longer be empty.

 
Frosting Ingredient

Now, I am deep into looking at new recipes to cook and plan dinner menus for possible dinner parties. I am finally feeling a sense of being settled and started unraveling the cookbooks, the food stories, the imagery I had to set aside this whole summer and early Fall because of all the cacophony happening in my life.

It felt a bit strange to spend Sunday doing things just for me. Well, for the house really. I built some shelves, took care of the giant pile of leaves on the back deck, and did all the mundane things plenty of people do on a Sunday. Coffee and the newspaper in the morning. A walk in the park in the afternoon. Laundry, vacuum. Sundays were never completely mine as a freelancer. There was always a file to edit, a folder to send, a lot of backing up to do. And I admit, I am digging a good Sunday now...


Parsnip Cake _ Whole

Especially one that starts and ends with cake. A Parsnip cake to be exact. Think Carrot Cake but with parsnips instead. Not something this Frenchie would have ran to make had I not met the cookbook author behind the recipe, just very recently.

 Meeting famed New Zealand cookbook author Julie Le Clerc was one of the highlights of the workshop I taught in Charleston last week where she was an attendee. Getting to know her personally, her food philosophy and realizing how much of a hard worker she is (writing, styling and shooting each of her books - all 14 of them), kind of made me fall even more with her recipes. Beside the fact that she is lovely, generous and humble in person...I did own a couple of her books prior to meeting her but had not spent enough time cooking from them.

 
Sunday Baking

After a great weekend of photo workshop alongside Julie and a dozen other talented women, I could not wait to get back home and take out her books from that big box staring at me since I had arrived in Birmingham. She definitely created a good cake when she included that recipe in her book, Julie's Favorite Cakes. The thing is, it does not taste "parsnip-ish" at all. Instead the mild flavor lets you enjoy the pineapple and frosting a lot more than if it had been carrot. I am definitely sold on the concept!

 I realize that some of you may not know Julie and her recipes very well. To remedy that, I am giving away a copy of her latest book, Made By Hand. She brought a copy with her to the workshop and it is stunning. The design is lovely, the photography is superb and the recipes tempting. There are also icons with each one guiding you in your choice if you are vegetarian, celiac or grain free, without being necessarily geared toward one food choice over the other.

It makes cooking for friends that much easier...!


Parsnip Cake _ Slices

To enter the giveaway and throw your name in the hat to win a copy of Julie's book, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post between today, Monday November 19th and Friday November 23rd at midnight, central US time. One entry per person, no anonymous comment will be eligible. The lucky winner will be announced in a follow up post next week.



Parsnip Cake, very slightly adapted from Julie Le Clerc's recipe

I had enough batter to fill a 8-inch round and a 6-inch round baking dish.

Cake:
1 cup sugar
1 cup olive oil (original calls for 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil)
1 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
4 cups grated parsnip
1 1/3 cups flour (I use Jeanne's gluten free flour mix - it works with every recipe!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup dried cranberries (original calls for currants)
2 tablespoons ground cardamom (original calls for cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a 10-inch baking pan.
Whisk together sugar, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the pineapple.
Place grated parsnip, flour, salt, baking soda, cranberries and cardamom in a large bowl.  Pour in the wet mixture, stir well to incorporate. Spoon cake mixture into prepared pan.  Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Once cold, cover with lemon cream cheese frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 cup cream cheese, softened
50 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup caster sugar
grated rind and juice of one lemon

Beat all ingredients together until creamy.  Spread over cake.

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Sara said...

Lovely cake...sounds so delicious! :) And the cookbook sounds awesome! :)

Katie said...

Looks fabulous. One of my favourite cakes I've ever eaten was a parsnip cake with maple frosting. This sounds delicious, must try!

jamie @ green beans and grapefruit said...

Ohhh what a delicious post in every sense! This cake looks sooo good and I'll have to check out Julie's site asap.

vera ferraz said...

What a great post, great pictures!

Anna said...

Mmmm. I love parsnips and the cake looks/sounds scrumptious. And thank you for the link to Jeanne's flour mix! I'm going to whip up a big jar of it and give it to my recently GF friend.

MaryB said...

Thanks for offering the chance to win the book. This gluten free cake looks delicious. I will be making this for our gluten free friend next week.

Jolita said...

The recipe sounds very unusaual but interesting. I have never even thought of combining cake and parsnip in one sentence. :D Lovely photos and post. As always!

Jess said...


Julie's book looks so pretty! I could use a few more cake recipes!!

Jessica

Liz said...

Love your blog and your pictures! Helen, you're a real inspiration! Would love to take a closer look at the cookbook, best, Liz

AliciaK said...

Parsnip cake? Sounds quite interesting!

Sandrine said...

Bonjour Helene,
Je crois que c'est la première fois que j'ai l'honneur de pouvoir glisser un petit mot avant tout le monde, tant tes admirateurs sont nombreux.
Ca y est je me suis lancée, et j'espère rendre public mon blog d'ici la fin de l'année!!
C'est toujours un plaisir de visiter ton blog.
A bientôt,
Sandrine

AliciaK said...

Parsnip Cake? Sounds quite interesting!

Athena said...

Love your blog and the book sounds wonderful-would love to win! Best, Athena. athenastar@hotmail.com

Cindy Martin said...

Would love to win the cookbook. Interesting recipe. Love the photos, Helene!

Justine said...

I really love cakes that have vegetables hidden - it creates such an earthy texture and they're ALWAYS surprisingly moist! I've made a chocolate beet cake and a citrus-y squash cake!

Letícia said...

I'd really love to win the book! :)
the photos of the post are gorgeous! made me want to drink some tea :)

Ellen said...

I would love to win a copy of Julie's lovely book! Also, cannot WAIT to make this parsnip cake! Your beautiful posts are always such a treat!

Thanks!
Ellen

Redd H from Salted Spoon said...

I would never have thought to make a cake with parsnip, but it's so sweet that I guess it makes sense! I'd love to check out the book, too.

Margarida V said...

love your blog

Laura said...

Yum! I can't wait until my copy of her book arrives from Amazon :) Glad you're settling in to your new home & are finally able to take some time for you--you deserve it! Miss you, dear friend.

Karla said...

I've never tried a parsnip cake, but it sounds so interesting. It's definitely going on my to do list!

Alexandra Skrebtsova said...

I' d be glad to have one copy )) I'm Aleksandra (the name to be put into a hat)

Lauren said...

The book looks beautiful!

Can't wait to try this cake. I'm always looking for new and interesting desserts. Thank you!

Giulia said...

I'd love this cookbook. Fingers crossed.
And your photos are amazing as usual - it seems your lighting has changed slightly with the new home?

Danielle said...

I think its time to pull some parsnips in my vegetatie garden and going to make this cake. Love Youre blog, i' m following it à few years now.

Danielle

Helene said...

Giulia: same light situation - just had to shoot late yesterday afternoon.

gail said...

thanks for this giveaway!
gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

D. Acken said...

Thank you for posting this one Helene! Parsnips are my fave veg so I am running out to make it NOW!

Bianca said...

what a gorgeous cake!

Silvina C. said...

Interesting recipe and lovely photos!!!

Natalia said...

Sounds good! I stumbled for a second at "Preheat oven to 350F", as I always use C (usually 180C up to 210C for some dishes).

franfair said...

I would love to win a copy of Julie's book! And this parsnip cake looks beautiful and delicious. Can't wait to try it!

Michelle Jensen said...

Stunning, I'm yet to try a sweet recipe with hidden "goodness", but this one sounds delicious. Thanks for the opportunity (yet again) to win a cookbook.

Bonnie said...

I'd love a copy. The photos are tantalizing.

Misty said...

I love parsnips!

Morven said...

I'm thrilled to see a New Zealand connection on your blog :-)If I were to win Julie's new book I would "re-gift" it to one of my US based foodie blogger friends.

squirrelbread said...

Parsnip as opposed to carrot -- seems logical... why didn't I think of that?!

Ela said...

Awww I love your photos! :)
And I would love to have this book, too... Anyways, I'll try your recipe soon!

Amy said...

This sounds amazing, I've never had parsnips in a baked good. It sounds like a lovely recipe to try with a few days off over the thanksgiving break. Thanks!

Juls @ JulsKitchen said...

This is fun, I'm almost in the same situation. I am moving on my own - just next door to my parents' house, I'm Italian after all - and I am trying to make the new house more mine.
The first thing I'm working on is the kitchen, obviously, since it's where I'll spend most of the time. But the second room I'm currently working in is the living /dining room. I have a huge table that belongs to my grandmother: it is a little bit old fashion, but it can comfortably sit 10 people.
Even though I'm moving on my own and I am a single lady, I have many gatherings with friends in my mind!

I cannot imagine a cake with parsnip, though it will be difficult to make because it is really difficult to be found here in Tuscany.

All the best with your projects!
Giulia x

Lily Anette said...

I would love to start baking more with root vegetables and this book looks very good to start with.Lovely photos as usual.

Gabriela said...

I have to do this recipe!!

rose said...

Thanks for the parsnip cake recipe...looks yummy! Looking forward to a bite. Cheers, Rose

M. Henderson said...

I've never had a parnsip, and I don't usually eat carrot cake because I hate coconut. Since this is a coconut-free concoction, I just may give it a try. Especially because I LOVE pineapple!

Hillary Butler {Fine Art} said...

Looks amazing!!!

Gesa said...

great post. i want to win. :)

Moo said...

I love cakes! :)

Moo said...

Mmm cakes!

Miranda said...

A cake made from parsnips?
I can't wait to see what else is in this book! It looks wonderful!

Lia Tumkus said...

NICE!!! :)

Sue said...


















































































Why make a banana or zucchini or carrot cake when you can create this conversation starter. I am rushing out to get some parsnips and cardamon at my local grocery store. SENSATIONAL recipe!










Rachael Stensrud said...

beautiful looking cake!

Claudia Lima said...

I have never eaten parsinips. The cake looks very nice! :)

terri said...

parsnip cake--sounds intriguing!

Meagan said...

Love the blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ioana Miller said...

I'm a new follower for your website and I am amazed at all the beautiful posts you have. The book looks amazing and I would love to try the recipes. Thank you for everything!

Ioana

Jacqui said...

Thanks for doing this fabulous giveaway!!

Ms Hope said...

Hope Smith
I love Kule Le Clerc's recipes, she has just completed a very successful 2nd series of a TV programme called "Cafe Secrets" much loved.
Next year it is going to be screened on the Asian Food Channel including Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Vietnam...maybe the US next!!

Tracey Morse said...

The cake looks divine! I love Julie's work - being a kiwi, I've been following her for quite some time now - she always has the best recipes, advice on baking/cooking, and tips about where to go in NZ for a good bite or to get the best ingredients :-) actually, I think it was through Julie's blog that I found wee gem of a foodie blog.... :-)

Jennifer Chong said...

Looks delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

equisetaceae said...

i love parsnips! I just made a parsnip apple potato soup this weekend. To die for with smoked gouda!

Julie's book sounds lovely, thanks for sharing!

Claire Elkins said...

Looks lovely, would love to have a copy of her latest book!

june said...

NEVER would have thought a parsnip pie would sound scrumptious��

Susana I. said...

Thanks for the chance!! :) (susyszoo@hotmail.com)

Jenifer Smith said...

Love the new post on Parsnip Cake. What a lovely idea, I'd love to try it. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Jenifer chefatschool06@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

I must try this intriguing cake! Great post and giveaway!

sarah.hawkins.pinchers@gmail.com

Tara said...

OOO!! I WANT!!!

Pia said...

Hello!

Excellent post and photos, as always! Parsnips make total sense, but I never would have thought to try it out.
Crossing my fingers :)

-Pia

sarah said...

This looks yummy!

Tiffany said...

What an intriguing sounding cake. It certainly looks delicious! I would love to learn more creative recipes from Julie's book :)

Cheryl said...

Beautiful cake, parsnips...who knew! I have a colander just like that filled with the same colored eggs, how weird is that? Anyway, thank you so much for the opportunity to enter my name.

Viktoria said...

Cake made from parsnips has never occurred to me. I've made cake from other roots: beets, potatoes, yams. But never parsnips. I love cake and I love parsnips, so I will make this cake. Thanks for the lovely post!

elizabeth said...

Sounds like a very interesting cookbook. What fun!

Ally said...

I love the idea of the icons. I'm a vegetarian, so it'd be nice to be able to pick those recipes out in a hurry!

Jessica said...

I've never had a parsnip and now I'm feeling like I should really try one... in cake.

love2read said...

My principal loves carrot cake, I will have to make this for him.

TK said...

i love carrot cake so i might have to try this recipe soon!

Babycakes said...

this sounds amazing! I would love to try it and have a look at the other cakes. I'm a bit cake cook, and always looking for new ones.

Thanks for your blog by the way, always a pleasure to read.

lusitania said...

Thanks for offering the chance to win the book :-))! Never tried a cake like this....maybe now is a right time! Regards from Portugal

eyo said...

Parsnips... genius.

Liz said...

Home is definitely very much where your hearth is Helene! Now with your cooking paraphernalia unpacked and to hand, you sound definitely settled.

I was just about to put some veg in a cake, other than regular carrot, so the success of this recipe of Julie's has given me confidence to try! Hope it turns out as yummy as your parsnip one!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

I've seen the book on amazon and have always been tempted to Add to Cart!

And parsnips gone sweet rather than savory - fun twist!

Erica said...

Very nice photos and cake! Thanks

ykristen said...

Just love all cakes with cheese, would love the cook book.

RSA Online said...

great presentation. It's perfect for me!

ForeverCaliDreamer said...

It's a little embarrassing but I've never had parsnips. When I first saw the heading I thought I wouldn't ever try it but after reading the description of what this tastes like I might be making parsnip cake

ForeverCaliDreamer said...

I need to try this out

Noa Furman said...

Helene, you are my endless inspiration! Thank you for what you're doing!

Amy Alexandria said...

Parsnip Cake! What a great idea! The cookbook looks very interesting!

Adri H. said...

I never thought anyone could make parsnip appealing, but hey, what do you know? It looks delicious in cake-form!

:D Happy Thanksgiving!

Fotini said...

Delicious post, as always!

Fotini

Charlotte Pillow said...

Cake with parsnips, please

Liron Mcley said...

The cake looks wonderful.. Parsnip is an interesting choice =)

Maria_NJ said...

mmmmm...sounds delicious...thank you for the chance to win the cookbook...


mmcmm 563 at comcast dot net

ff96bf6c-330d-11e2-b96b-000bcdca4d7a said...

The parsnips are an interesting variation from the carrot concept. Looks good.

Ste said...

Wow, I had to go Wikipedia to translate parsnip and look for the italian translation. it's what we call "white carrot" or pastinaccia which is not very common in Italy.. Can I substitute with something else? I guess with carrot (orange one) wont taste the same, right? Thank you for this recipe and the giveaway too! Good luck everyone ;)

Nadia Chougui said...

Quel délicieux gâteau ❤
J'adorerais gagner ce livre de Julie !
Bonne chance à toutes :)
Merci pour le concours, xX

Lucífera said...

I would love to be able to get this book. I am big fan of your (and her) work. I actually just ordered your book "Plate to Pixel". Keep up the good work!

Inumidun said...

Thanks. I love your blog.

sconelady said...

Would love to add this to my library

Jenny said...

Interesting

Robyn J said...

Gosh, parsnip cake sounds interest! I love me some carrot cake so i will definitely have to try this cake then! Thanks so much
robyn.jenns@hotmail.com

Andrew's Mom said...

Great post - I would love to win the cookbook!

Maureen Deeley said...

If the kids only knew what they were eating!!!

Dena Testa Bray said...

The cake looks delicious. Congrats on settling in to your new home.

Lizabeth said...

This recipe sounds perfect for the SO that won't eat certain veggies. I've been sneaking stuff in for awhile and this will be added to the list! And he loves pineapple :)

Christi said...

This is really an interesting way to use parsnips! I love the photography on this post!! Thank you...

cjpike at indiana dot edu

Yas N. said...

Thank you for providing a chance to win a cookbook! It sounds quite intriguing. I would not have thought about using parsnips in a cake. That sounds like a recipe I would enjoy trying to make.

Cup Cake said...

I would love to win the book, and I loved these gorgeous photos too :)

motsinutiles said...

can i have this like..right away? darn, i have to stop foodporn during work. well..fingers crossed!;D

The Purple Page - Kat Laing said...

Oh Parsnip Cake sounds amazing. I love carrot cake so this is something I will have to try!

Sharon said...

I love using unusual ingredients when baking. This recipe I will definitely try! Thank you for sharing!!

Lidia said...

I would love to add this to my collection of cookbooks...and I sure could use a new cake book!

martina t said...

ceci est mon blog préféré dans le monde! grazie helene!

Melanie said...

Yummy!! That cake looks good! I am a cookbook junky!!

Yelena said...

Parsnip cake, sounds good to me-))

Renee B said...

Wow, I'd never have thought of parsnips in a cake but am intrigued enough to try it. Thanks! BTW, the color palette of the egg photo is exquisite. I could—and just might—decorate a house in those colors!

Jessa said...

Oh, I just planted a whole bed of parsnips. How exciting to have this recipe to look forward to!

Roxanne said...

The cook looks delicious. And thanks for the chance to win the cookbook.

Drisdy said...

beautiful photos... and never heard of parsnip cake, but sounds delicious!

candelads said...

Helene, I love your pictures, recipes,stories... Thank You for this lovely blog. Regards from Italy ,Candela .

E,S, said...

Would love to win the cookbook.

martina said...

always good to have cake with some vegetable in it... you feel less guilty enjoying "another little piece"... Martina

silarem said...

I have never cooked with parsnips; in fact I just had to look for its translation in Spanish (chirivia). I will definitively love that cake to be the first recipe that I do with parsnips!!

Rachel said...

I love carrot cake, and I have a feeling I will love parsnip cake just as much, if not more!

Anonymous said...

The recipe spunds and looks delicious! Would love to win the book.
Annetje

Elin Woods said...

This cake looks awesome! This is a save and must try for sure!

Anne said...

I will make this cake very soon. Maybe without the frosting for breakfast.

Christina said...

I was lucky enough to have Julie as my roommate last weekend and she is as wonderful as Helene describes. I would love to own a copy of her cookbook but if I don't win, it is also on my Christmas list! Thanks Helene!

Phyllis said...

I would love this cookbook-thanks for the giveaway!

Virginie said...

I've never had parsnip cake, it looks delicious! Can't wait to bake one myself!

Cara said...

The book looks beautiful and the fact that there are gluten free recipes amazing. Would love a new cook book.. please add my name to the list. Fingers crossed. And Happy Holidays :-)

Karine Keldany said...

The pictures make me want to just grap a piece of the cake and endulge. Such an interesting idea for a cake. My kids love sweets and cakes but don't care much for vegies. So this is a great way of making them try parsnips. I will give this cake a try. Would be happy to get a copy of her latest books and try new and different recipes.

Raquel Schmidtke said...

wow parsnip cake, interesting! Will have to try

Michelle said...

What a brilliant idea and perfect for this time of year. I can't wait to give it a try, especially with the family all getting together for the holidays. :-)

Rachel said...

I would just love this cookbook!! RachelNob at gmail dot com

ela:::ela:::ela said...

I can't wait to make this as it looks so delicious!

Babs George said...

What a surprise! Parsnips are wonderful and delicious in the traditional recipes. The parsnip cake sounds delightful. Would love to win this cookbook.

Jacqui said...

I had an idea for making parsnip cupcakes, but I love them so much roasted none ever made their way into cake! But this does sound lovely!

lee said...

Cake looks great. I love a taste of lemon. I am going to try that recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Molly Pisula said...

I've never heard of parsnip cake, but it looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

thelunchboxfiles said...

There's an amazing book by Harry Eastwood which is full of slightly quirky vegetable-based cake recipes like this that I love - parsnips feature, as do almost any other vegetable you can think of! It's called 'Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache' and this recipe would fit right in!

Lynn said...

Parsnip cake = fabulous idea! I want to keep closer tabs here (new follower) of classes you teach on the west coast. Be nice to get up close and personal coaching and tips on food photography, and then some.

Juleslebo said...

Yum, what a nice diversion from the typical carrot cake or zucchini loaf. Can't wait to try!

Cher said...

I can hardly wait to try the cake recipea and I would love to win the cookbook!

PhDChef said...

I would love to win this cake book! I'm always in search of great cake recipes, and ones that use different types of ingredients, such as the parsnip cake, are right up my ally!

Andrea said...

great giveaway !! thanks...Andrea andreacardoso_27@yahoo.com.ar

kim said...

this looks so unique, cant wait to try it!

Christina Lazarakis said...

Helene,

Your work is always such an inspiration! Parsnip cake? Who would have thunk it? Looks and sounds delicious.

And I would l-o-v-e love to win the cookbook! Fingers and toes crossed!

Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Jenn said...

I can't wait to try this cake recipe! Yum! xo

dianecrubin@yahoo.com said...

I have never had parsnips, seems like the perfect time to try them!

Anastasia said...

The cake sounds lovely. Your pictures are gorgeous!

Maureen said...

I think a parsnip cake sounds delicious and would be a unique addition to a special dinner. My family loves carrot cake and zucchini bread so I think this would be a hit.

Samantha Solis said...

The cake looks divine! Thanks for the chance to win! -Sam (samantharsolis@gmail.com)

Sweetheart Geranuim said...

I actually have that book on my wishlist, to win it would be awesome!

penny said...

Oh, this looks yummy. And parsnips are in season so I can feel virtuous at the same time.

Just a Smidgen said...

Oh, dear.. scrolling down, it seems my chances of winning are slim.. but I'd still like to comment:D Looks like a wonderful cake and I'm off to check out that cookbook! It might be on my Xmas wish list now!

glutenfreewife said...

perfect timing with the holidays around the corner...

Rafal said...

This looks great.

Emilie in MN said...

I wouldn't have thought to make a parsnip cake, but now that the thought is there, it makes so much sense!

tutusandtea said...

Wow! That looks absolutely fantastic! I love incorporating vegetables into my baking.... Her book sounds lovely, thank you for sharing!

Colleen McCaughan said...

Congrats Julie!

The Ellsies said...

this sounds so great! thanks for the giveaway

Daisy said...

Lovely photography!! And the cake looks amazing!
Happy THanksgiving.
Daisy

MD Smith said...

Thank you for offering this book! Your appreciation for the author's commitment to her books and the comment "It makes cooking for friends that much easier" surely sums it up!

Anna F said...

I would love to win! Thank you
frugalohio at gmail dot com

Alice said...

Lucky me! I happen to have extra parsnips in the fridge, so I can try this recipe soon. The book looks wonderful - would love to win it!!

Anonymous said...

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Nicole said...

This cake sounds like a must try for the fall! The boyfriend loves pineapple and carrot cake is his favourite so hopefully this hits the spot :)

marilyn mack said...

Lovely photography and recipes.

Jessica said...

this looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to enter!

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Pia said...

Love this blog and this cake perfect and so much Nz Kiwi style

sprite said...

Ooh! Can't wait to try this!

MamaB said...

That cakes looks wonderful, I love pineapple in cake. Would love the cookbook too.

Flor de Maria said...

I love the photography and the cake looks delicious--maybe for Thanksgiving?

Stellasmydog said...

The cook book looks great. Thanks for the give away!

Ashley said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lynnette said...

Always beautiful photos. Root vegetable huh.....well that is really interesting!!!

Jan said...

Off to visit Julie's site. The cake looks intruguing. I'd love to win the cookbook.

Clara Emily McKay said...

Who'd have thought parsnip was so versatile!

Victoria Caballero said...

Interesting and original cake, easy to make. I will definetely try this recipe.

Lisabella said...

You had me at lemon cream cheese frosting...

KaySue said...

This recipe sounds very interesting, and would be a good way to try parsnips for the first time. Desserts are the best anyway!
kaysuet@hotmail.com

AnjasFood4Thought said...

I put carrot into cakes and muffins all the time. Why not parsnips too? Great idea!!

Lene Johansen said...

Your photo of the frosting ingredients makes frosting seem so easy! Your photo book is my holiday treat for me. I came across it at B&N and spent three hours reading from it there. Am buying it later this week!

yvette2250 said...

The cookbook sounds amazing!

Leslie said...

Nice recipe!

GN S said...

That cake looks so good...I love to bake this time of the year. Thanks for sharing.

purplehomes said...

Loved the recipe and your pictures. fingers & toes crossed for the cookbook:))

IB said...

Love the idea. It's nice to see fresh takes on baking like this, not to mention how lovely that book looks!

alice2 said...

Parsnips! Nice variation to carrots. Love the flavor.

Ginny said...

This sounds heavenly! Parsnip cake... interesting.

Gale Reeves said...

Thanks for offering the cookbook. I enjoy your beautiful photograph.

ALise said...

Happy Thanksgiving in your new dining room!
The pictures, the cake and the book look good!

Ultimate Cake said...

My gramma used to make parsnip cake all the time, when we were small. I now use her recipe and bake parsnip cake often for my café.

Everytime I wash and peel and grate the parsnips I feel her standing behind me, a helping hand on my shoulder.

Michelle Melissa Foo said...

Oo hailing all the way from Malaysia, I'd love to win Julie's book.

Ioana Cristescu said...

Dear Helene,

You are a joy to follow and your site is pure eye candy and delight, not to mention the lovely meals you create. I always browse your posts for relaxation and inspiration and they always remind me subtly of vacation time, especially in France. Wish you lots of luck with your new establishment and a full range of challenging projects

vytran said...

Lovely pictures as usual! Can't wait to try the cake!

Hannah said...

This cake looks divine! I can't wait to try it. And as always your photography is superb. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cookbook.

Lara said...

I blush to admit it but...I've never tried a parsnip! Here in Tuscany it seems to be a quite-lost root.
Therefore, that's what I've to plant in my garden this winter!! ;-)
Hugs
Lara

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