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Carrot Cake

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Ingredients

  • RECIPE INGREDIENTS For the Cake:
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (see Ingredient note)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
  • 2 cups grated carrots (4-6 medium)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • For the Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons coconut chips or flaked coconut
  • 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Details

Preparation

Step 1


DIRECTIONS To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.


Toast walnuts in a small baking pan in the oven until fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes.


Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and 1/4 cup of the reserved pineapple juice in a large bowl until blended. Stir in pineapple, carrots and coconut. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until blended. Stir in the nuts. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.


Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.


To prepare frosting & finish cake: Place coconut in a small baking pan and toast in the oven at 300 degrees F, stirring several times, until light golden, 5 to 10 minutes.


Beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with the coconut.


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