You’re going to slap me in the face when you find out what’s in this cake. Spoiler alert: it’s a parsnip.
The snow hath fallen!!! Okay, not a uuuuge amount…just a little sprinkle sprinkle to keep things real…just enough to take pretty pictures and go fiddle around in, but every bit counts. One of my favorite things to do during a snowstorm is bake, and there’s something about this time of year that screams, “carrot caaaaaake” to me.
I’m not much of a cake person, but carrot cake? It’s like the Dave Grohl of cakes. The Danny DeVito, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Bette Midler, Stephen Colbert, Alexandre Dumas, Snoop Dogg of cakes. I know. It makes no sense, but that’s why it’s so good.
And get this: there is a parsnip in these cake muffs. I know. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
The parsnip makes the carrot cake taste 56,784,098 times better than an all-carrot carrot cake. That’s a lie. It really tastes no different. But we get brownie points for wise use of parsnips, right? We may not have control over all the things in life, but we 200% have power over how we eat our parsnips. Let’s eat them in cake.
How do you make your carrot cake? Do you give the carrots a little pre-soak in hot water? That’s what I do. I like to believe a hot water bath allows the sweetness of the veggies to come out…but it could just be an extra unnecessary step, who knows? Do you add walnuts and raisins and pineapple and all those carrot cake-ly things? As much as I love a good crunch, I like my carrot cake sans crunch. You may adjust as necessary by adding your crunch-ables.
I made the cake into portion-controlled muffins, but you can also bake the batter in an 8″ x 8″ cake pan. The recipe turns out light and fluffy, and the muffins are perfect for breakfast-on-the-go. For my next go-round, I’ll have to quadruple the recipe, because 7 joyful carrot cakes is simply not enough.
To summarize: parsnip + carrot + almond flour + pure maple syrup make this a super healthy take on classic carrot cake. Like why wouldn’t you eat your protein and vegetables in the form of cake? And why wouldn’t you make muffins out of it because: portion control? And why wouldn’t you eat every last portion-controlled muffin in one sitting while marathon-watching Parenthood on Netflix? You would.
Bake some edibles!