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Healthy Carrot Cake with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
An ultra-moist healthy carrot cake that's so delicious, you'll never miss the extra calories.

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 2/3 cups Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg — at room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites — at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar — lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups grated carrots — (about 3 large or 4 small/medium)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple — drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk — at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup walnuts — or pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins, — golden raisins, or dried cranberries (optional)

For the Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter — softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract — optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Toasted chopped pecans — or walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 10-inch springform pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, beat together the egg, egg whites, brown sugar, canola oil, and vanilla extract on medium speed until well combined. Add the grated carrots and beat for 1 minute. Add the pineapple and shredded coconut and beat just until incorporated. With a wooden spoon, stir in half of the flour mixture, just until the flour almost disappears. Stir in the buttermilk. Add the remaining flour mixture, continuing to stir in by hand, just until combined. Gently fold in the walnuts and raisins.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (Check at the 30-minute mark—if the edges of the cake are browning too quickly, tent with foil, then return to the oven to finish baking.) Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely in the pan. Run a dull knife, such as a butter knife, along the edge of the cake to loosen, then unmold it. Carefully transfer the cake to a serving plate.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting: In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, butter, vanilla extract, almond extract (if using), and salt at medium speed for 2 minutes, until fluffy and well combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar, increasing the speed to medium as you go. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes until well combined. Spread the frosting evenly over top of cooled cake. Sprinkle with toasted nuts and serve.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Homemade Cake Recipe, Healthy Carrot Cake with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 10)) — Calories: 460, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 428mg, Carbohydrates: 71g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 45g, Protein: 9g

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