Healthier Carrot Cake

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We made it with a little less oil and a little less sugar, so this carrot cake recipe is now healthier but still sure to be a favorite.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3 cups grated carrots

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese, softened

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.

  2. Beat together eggs, oil, white sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

  4. To make frosting: Combine butter, Neufchatel cheese, confectioner's sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Spread frosting over completely cooled cake.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Carrot Cake III.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
25g Fat
42g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 171mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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