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Why Can't Carrot Cake Be This Good?

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Tra-la-la, it's The Fall Cookbook Cake Parade: a new cake from a new cookbook every single day. Are your costumes cake pans ready?

Today: a cake with roots, from Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables!

Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream
Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream

In Power Vegetables, author and cofounder of Lucky Peach Peter Meehan says:

I do not know if my considerable fondness for this cake stems from the quantity of parsnips hidden within it or because those parsnips have been subsumed into a greater whole, a toothsome cake with an appealing but hard-to-pinpoint flavor. Regardless, it’s a winner.

But we adore it for yet another reason: the icing. It's a color you'd think only possible via artificial food coloring—but really it's blood orange, adorably pink and pungently citrusy when swirled into a sugary buttercream. The cake beneath it? It's hardly vegetal—more like a tame spice cake than a carrot cake.

So yes, win win.

For more recipes where this one came from, check out Lucky Peach Presents: Power Vegetables!

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Tags: Vegetable, The Fall Cookbook Cake Parade, Books