Parsnip and apple chocolate cake with whipped ganache

This parsnip and apple chocolate cake recipe makes it a little easier to eat your 5+ a day! Serve with a whipped ganache for a deliciously decadent cake that will go down a treat at any sweet occasion

By Sophie Gray
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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Parsnip and apple chocolate cake
  • 2 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 250 gram butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup grated parsnip
  • 1 cup grated apple
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
Whipped ganache
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 150 gram dark chocolate, chopped


Parsnip and apple chocolate cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the base.
  • 2
    Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and spices together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • 3
    Cream the butter and sugars until pale. Beat in eggs one at a time, then mix in a third of the dry ingredients alternating with a third of the milk, repeating until all is incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips, parsnip, apple and vanilla essence.
  • 4
    Pour mixture into the prepared cake tin, level the top and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make the whipped ganache (see below).
  • 6
    Cool cake in the tin for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. When cool slice in two. Fill and top with whipped ganache.
Whipped ganache
  • 7
    Bring the cream to a simmer, remove from heat and stir in the chocolate, stirring until completely smooth. Cool to room temperature then beat until light and spreadable.


  • You could use a regular chocolate icing instead of ganache. Swap the dark chocolate for white or milk chocolate if you prefer. PER SERVE Energy 619kcal, 2591kj • Protein 8g • Total Fat 32.8g • Saturated Fat 16.3g • Carbohydrate 74.5g • Fibre 2.7g • Sodium 281mg