Chai spiced parsnip cake – vegan

Do you have any leftover parsnips? If you do then this squidgy chai spiced parsnip cake is for you. If you haven’t then go get some! 😉 This cake is worth it!

I love this cake – its sticky with treacle and spiced with ginger, all spice, cinnamon and cloves. The glazed with a zingy lemon drizzle.

The base for this cake is inspired the ginger cake recipe from my new cookbook ‘My Vegan Year‘ as it’s my favourite cake recipe to date. With added grated parsnip which I promise works really well.

I hope you enjoy, sending love, Niki xxx

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  16 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  30 minutes cook time


Dry ingredients;

  • 200g self raising flour
  • 80g ground almonds 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cloves
  • 105g light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Wet ingredients;

  • 135g grated parsnip
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp treacle
  • 250ml almond milk

Lemon glaze:

  • 50g icing sugar sifted
  • Juice of ½ a lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Line a medium high sided cake tin and line with baking paper. 
  3. Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine thoroughly.
  4. Now add the treacle, sunflower oil, almond milk to a jug and whisk until combined.
  5. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Now add the grated parsnip and mix thoroughly.
  7. Spoon the batter into the tin and bake for aprox 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean
  8. Allow to cool completely, then remove from the tin.

To make the lemon glaze

  1. Combine the icing sugar in a bowl with the lemon juice – mix until smooth.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cake then cut into squares and serve.

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  1. Brie on April 26, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    This is my new favorite cake!

    • Niki on August 4, 2022 at 7:25 am

      So happy you liked it!
      Love, Niki xxx

  2. Jay on April 12, 2022 at 7:34 am

    I made this last night. The texture is lovely! I didn’t have almonds so I put ground peanuts, and I didn’t have treacle so I put in leftover xmas mincemeat instead. Can’t wait to make the original recipe now.

    • Niki on August 4, 2022 at 7:26 am

      Love that!
      So happy you liked it!
      Love, Niki xxx

  3. Cia Prior on January 5, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I love growing parsnips on my balcony! I’ll have to try this after my harvest, would have never thought to put them in a cake. Yumm.

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