This is another one of those recipes that I could not find anywhere, at least not quite what I wanted. While there are numerous other recipes out there, many of them have ingredients that don’t go with parsnip in my opinion or mask the flavour of the parsnips. I wanted something more subtle, so that the nuttiness of the parsnip could shine. These are my maple parsnip cupcakes.
I definitely get my love of parsnips from my dad. I especially love the combination of parsnip and maple. One of my very favourite side dishes is roasted parsnips with maple chilli glaze.
Good parsnip has a delicious nuttiness to it. I wanted this to be the main taste in these cupcakes. Basically, imagine a carrot cake with less spice. The maple syrup not only goes perfectly with the parsnips, but it means that the cupcakes are not as sweet.
Tips for making the maple parsnip cupcakes
If you have a food processor, use it to grate the parsnip and the apple. I don’t have one yet (but I have my eye on this one) so I used a hand grater. The parsnips can be a little difficult to grate by hand – tends to break off in chunks – so watch out for chunks in the batter. You may even need an additional parsnip if you have too many chunks.
These cupcakes will not rise much. That is normal. However, they will bake better at a lower temperature. A higher oven temperature will result in very dark cupcakes before they are cooked in the middle – I know, I tried it. The middle will be sunken, too.
If you like nuts in your cupcakes, chopped pecans or walnuts could be great. Add about a cup when you add the parsnip and apple.
Sometimes, the maple syrup can make the buttercream runny. Start by adding just half the amount to the mix. You may have to add more icing sugar. However, before you do, put the frosting in the fridge to firm up the butter (and thus the frosting).
Alternatively, you can use this recipe for maple cream cheese frosting we made to go with our pumpkin spice cupcakes.
Try our maple parsnip cupcakes today – or any of the other cupcakes in our Autumn cupcake quartet!
Yes, parsnip might be an unusual choice for cupcakes, but it is the perfect taste of Autumn and a great addition to our Autumn cupcake quartet.
If you are not a fan of parsnips in general, these are not the cupcakes for you.