Makes 1 cake

Vegan Parsnip And Orange Cake

Vegan Parsnip And Orange Cake


500g self-rising flour

25g baking powder

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

250g vegan margarine (try to use a high quality one with low water content)

200g caster sugar

500g parsnips

2 medium ripe bananas (if they aren’t ripe, add a tablespoon or two of soya milk and ½ tbsp. of syrup to make them moister and sweeter)

2 oranges - juice and zest

For the orange buttercream icing you will need

200g vegan margarine

500g icing sugar

juice of 2 oranges fresh orange juice

1 tsp grated orange zest

½ tsp vanilla extract


1. Grease 2 x 23cm round tins and preheat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5

2. Peel and grate the parsnips, mash the banana, grate the rind and juice the oranges and set aside

3. Put the flour, baking powder and spices in to a large mixing bowl

4. Melt the margarine in the microwave on medium heat and add the sugar stirring until dissolved

5. Make a well in the flour mixture and add the melted margarine and sugar and mix. Quickly add the parsnip, banana and orange zest and juice and mix thoroughly

6. Put the mixture in to the tins and level the top. Place in the oven for 30 mins and then turn and cook for a further 7-9 minutes until a skewer, inserted in to the middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool before removing from the tin

7. For the orange ‘buttercream’ icing, add the margarine and icing sugar together and beat together gently at first until smooth.

8. Add the orange juice a splash at a time followed by the orange zest and vanilla extract. Beat for 3-5 mins until smooth and fluffy. Store in the fridge until required.

9. When the cake is cool sandwich with the orange buttercream icing and spread the remainder over the top.

Cut into 10-12 slices and serve

Recipe courtesy of The Real Food Café- an iconic stop on the West Highland Way much loved by outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and locals alike. An atypical roadside diner, it boasts Great Taste Awards for its home baking, soup and even its tartare sauce! The Real Food Café goes the extra mile for its customers; award winning fish and chips, a Coeliac UK accredited gluten free menu, an electrical car charger, and handmade dog biscuits for their four legged guests.

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