The secret ingredient, which none of my tasters identified, was the humble parsnip.The recipe struck me as unusual and I do love baking something I've never tried before. Grating a parsnip can hardly count as ground breaking I know, but one small step for me...
And the comments:
"Rib sticking - mmm"
"Lovely fruit and nut combination, a little heavy"
"Very nice, moist, full of flavour yum"
"Best ever, love pecans"
"Soo good combination with apple in base - well done :-)"
"A little stodgy - cinammon flavour"
"Lovely, citrusy and pecon or walnut"
"A bit too christmassy"
A mixed bag, I'd say. Shame really as I hoping it would wow them, if only to convince me once and for all that vegetables belong in cake. I know, I know, I should get my head round it once and for all, but I don't think it will ever seem right. I'm sure there is no irony in the fact I get sniffy at parsnips and carrots yet will slap bacon on a cake with barely a second thought. Anyway, it's certainly no match for for that Cappuccino cake.
Speaking of which, I think the Cappuccino cake just got a little bit better. My lovely friend (and Putney Bake Club co-organiser) Steph (@riversidebaking) invited me over for dinner recently and dangled a jar of this heavenly stuff in front of me:
The moment I first tasted it is a moment that will stay with me forever. I've always loved the biscuits but mashed up into a spread is just the work of genius. Steph recently warned of the dangers of eating this straight out of the jar whilst you unpack the shopping. It was no idle warning, believe me.
So arriving at the jams and condiments section of Waitrose with an almost cartoon screech of brakes, I got myself a jar of the crunchy version. If you do nothing else this week, buy a jar. And if you have a cake to make for someone (it was Steph's birthday recently and she made it known she loves coffee cake), make it the Cappuccino one and mix some of the crunchy spread into the coffee mascarpone. I only got to lick some off the spatula so can only imagine the cake heaven you must be in when combined with the sponge.
Steph liked the cake....
As I thank Steph now for this life-changing introduction, so you will thank me.
I am going to commemorate and celebrate my first purchase of this crunchy ambrosia with the aid of a bit of glam rock and an aptly named band:
I just realised the childhood crush I had on Steve Priest (the one with the huge collar) has finally gone. Growth.