100th post on www.bakeaholicmama.com !! Parsnip Cake w/ Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

I'll be honest... this is the first time I've ever eaten or cooked parsnips.

And of course they were put into a cake!

I plan on making a parsnip dish tomorrow night for dinner... but I thought it would be fun to use them in my cake instead of carrots.

The fun of using parsnips ended when I started grating them.... My husband had to step in and help.It was hard!

I think perhaps using them as a puree would have been easier. Maybe that will be an experiment for next week!

If you find yourself with a bunch of parsnips in this weeks CSA box... or you have them in your own garden. Try this out!

Parsnip Cake


2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups shredded parsnips
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs

In a medium mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Add in sugars, parsnips, oil, and eggs. Mix until combined.

Transfer to a greased and floured 13x9 inch baking pan.

Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes. It is done when you insert a tooth pick in the center and it comes out clean.

Let it cool completely before cutting and frosting.

Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting


8 oz of room temp cream cheese
1 stick of room temp butter
3-4 cups of confectioners sugar
1 tsp ginger


With your electric mixer on medium and with whisk attachment cream butter and cheese together until fluffy.

Add ginger.

Slowly add in sugar 1/2 cup at a time while beating on medium until it is at your desired thickness and sweetness. I used 3 1/2 cups of sugar.

And it was good!!!! I had to send it in to my husbands office so I wouldn't eat every slice!

 On another note... I just realized this is my 100th post! I honestly can't believe I've written that many... I started at the end of June and was kinda testing myself to see if I could stick with it. You see I have a tendency to not stick to anything.......................................................................................

Here I am 4 months later and still having fun! Thanks to everyone that stops by everyday to check out what I'm cooking in my little kitchen.

Here's to the next 100!

~~ Carrie~~


  1. Yeah, I don't find grating carrots all that much fun either. I tend to throw them into the mini food processor instead. Looks great!

  2. I've always wanted to try baking with parsnips,as I love their natural sweetness. Love the idea of the ginger frosting!

  3. Congratulation with your 100th post.

    Using parsnip for cake baking is new to me and these cakes are fantastic.

    I'm a bakeholic too and love all your cooking. Glad that I found your blog and would love to follow you for more of your delicious baking :D

  4. I've never had parsnips either! And since most of my vegetables are hidden in desserts, this is right up my alley :D

  5. Look at you with the parsnips! I'm impressed. I wouldn't have thought to use them that way, but it makes perfect sense.

  6. And CONGRATS on 100 posts! That is awesome. Blogging is so much more fun than I imagined it would be. I love it!

  7. Thanks guys! 100 and counting.... blogging has become an obsession for me so I'm loving every moment!