Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

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

Directions

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. Get Cooking: http://www.cooking.com/Recipes-and-More/recipes/Easy-Carrot-Cake-recipe-9355.aspx?_rid=1104116.27400.2060615&_mid=1104116&ref=cknwfhne0#ixzz1mChFDnMJ

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