I was all ready to post on an old recipe I found for Parsnip Cake thinking that it was an amazingly obscure type of cake. Then, of course, I did some further research on the web and discovered that Parsnip Cake is remarkably popular. Most modern recipes are similar to Carrot Cake, full of spices. The one I planned to post about is based on mashed parsnips and the recipe ends with the claim that it doesn’t taste like parsnips at all.
For those of you who have eaten parsnip cake, can you tell me how this is possible? Parsnips have a rather astringent aftertaste, at least the ones I have had do.