CARROT CAKE (LIGHTER RECIPE)

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20 min Prep
1 hr 5 min Total
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16 Servings

Low-fat ingredients like applesauce, egg whites and reduced-fat cream cheese make for a cake with the same great flavor of high-fat carrot cakes.


Ingredient List
    Cake
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 egg
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 egg whites
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Small check mark in a circle icon5 medium carrots, shredded (3 cups)
    Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 oz (half of 8-oz package) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 1/2 teaspoons fat-free (skim) milk
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cups powdered sugar
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan. In large bowl, mix sugar, oil, applesauce, vanilla, egg and egg whites until blended; beat with spoon 1 minute. Stir in remaining cake ingredients except carrots; beat with spoon 1 minute. Stir in carrots. Pour into pan.
  2. Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack.
  3. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth and spreadable. Spread frosting over cake.
Tips
  • Mixing time can make the difference between a so-so cake and a great cake. Overmixing results in “tunnels” and can cause the cake to sink in the center; undermixing results in a crumbly texture.
  • Let your food processor save you time. The carrots can be shredded in a matter of seconds when you use this kitchen tool.