Parsnip Cupcakes

Parsnips on a bed of kale

What? Veggies in your desserts? Why yes, and they’re delicious!

1 cup Nash’s soft white flour
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. fine salt
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract, divided
2 cups grated parsnip
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together flour, cardamom, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, eggs, oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and parsnip. Stir in flour mixture.

Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Divide batter among cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 18-20 minutes. Let cool completely.

In a large bowl, with a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining teaspoon vanilla until combined. Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

We thank MarthaStewart.com for this recipe.

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