Carrot Cake

From EatingWell

Carrot Cake

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • Cake

  • 1

    20-ounce can crushed pineapple

  • 2

    cups whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Ingredient Note)

  • 2

    teaspoons baking soda

  • ½

    teaspoon salt

  • 2

    teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3

    large eggs

  • cups granulated sugar

  • ¾

    cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)

  • ½

    cup canola oil

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2

    cups grated carrots, (4-6 medium)

  • ¼

    cup unsweetened flaked coconut

  • ½

    cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)

  • Frosting

  • 12

    ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel), softened

  • ½

    cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2

    tablespoons coconut chips, (see Ingredient Note) or flaked coconut, toasted

Directions

1.To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. 2.Drain pineapple in a sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the solids. Reserve the drained pineapple and 1/4 cup of the juice. 3.Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and the 1/4 cup pineapple juice in a large bowl until blended. Stir in pineapple, carrots and 1/4 cup 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. 4.Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. 5.To prepare frosting and finish cake: 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 toasted coconut. NutritionPer serving: 342 calories; 17 g fat (5 g sat, 7 g mono); 56 mg cholesterol; 43 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 3 g fiber; 349 mg sodium; 150 mg potassium


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