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New for YCA Members - Weekly Makes, Bakes and Reuses!!

Being Seen to Be Green Campaign: Make, Bake & Reuse!!

Each month we are bringing you 3 new items, something to craft, something to bake and something to recycle.

Our 3 projects for January are:

Week 1, Something to bake: Parsnip and Orange cake

Week 2, Something to Craft: Christmas Card Projects

Week 3, Something to Recycle: Plastic Gift Cards

As this is week 1, we are bringing you the Something to Bake recipe which can use up those left over clementines, oranges and parsnips!

Now, before you say it – yes, there are parsnips in this cake. . Carrots may give colour, but parsnips add a similar flavour and sweetness with a whole lot more fragrance, so this isn’t as bold and daring as it might sound from the title. It’s a moist and delicious cake, and an excellent alternative to carrot. You could also give this recipe a go with courgette or beetroot. They all add different things and work equally well.

Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 30 minutes Sponges can be frozen

Serves 10


For the sponge: 230g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 2 tsp ground mixed spice 200g caster sugar 100g walnuts, chopped, plus extra for topping 3 medium eggs 150ml sunflower oil 500g parsnips, peeled, ends trimmed and coarsely grated 2 oranges, zest, plus extra for decoration

For the frosting: 200g full-fat cream cheese 50g unsalted butter, softened 150g icing sugar 1 orange, zest

You will need two 20.5cm sandwich tins.


To make the cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C. Grease and line the base of two 20.5cm sandwich tins with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice. Add the caster sugar and chopped walnuts, mix through with a wooden spoon, and set aside.

3. Put the eggs and sunflower oil in a different bowl, and beat for a few minutes. Now mix all the dry ingredients into the egg and oil mixture, along with the the grated parsnips and orange zest. Mix everything together until you have a thick batter; about 2 minutes.

4. Divide the mixture between the two cake tins, and level it off using a spatula. Bake for 25–30 minutes. The cakes should be golden, and a skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean.

5. Leave the cakes in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack and peel off the baking paper. Leave to cool completely.

To make the frosting:

1. In a bowl, beat the butter with a wooden spoon then add the cream cheese and icing sugar. Beat until it all comes together, but be careful not to overdo it, or the frosting will become runny. Leave the frosting the fridge until you need it, if your kitchen is really warm.

2. Take your cooled cakes and sandwich them together using the frosting. Top the cake with lashings of frosting and sprinkle with walnuts, and some extra orange zest.

Send us your pictures and lets see how you get on!

Angela & Rebecca

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Val Rowe
Val Rowe
Jan 14, 2020

One of our committee members is going to make this for our February committee meeting as we always have tea and cake after the business matters have been discussed.

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