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Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

Meghan Miller

"This rich, moist cake has all the flavor, without all the fat and calories. Because it is so full of carrots, pineapple, and nuts it is similar to a fruit bread. For the best flavor, bake the cake one day ahead."
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10 h 5 m servings 398 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a bowl. Lightly beat eggs in a bowl; add white sugar, buttermilk, applesauce, oil, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and mix well. Stir buttermilk mixture, carrots, pecans, and drained pineapple into flour mixture just until mixed; pour into prepared dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in baking dish on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Cover dish tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
  4. Beat Neufchatel cheese and 1 tablespoon reserved pineapple juice together in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; add confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 pinch salt and beat until frosting is smooth. Spread frosting on cake.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute 1/4 cup silken tofu for eggs if desired.
  • Two 8- or 9-inch baking pans can be used instead of 9x13-inch if desired. The next day, gently remove cakes from the pans and prepare to frost them.
  • Walnuts can be used in place of pecans.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 398 calories; 13.3 g fat; 66.6 g carbohydrates; 5.4 g protein; 34 mg cholesterol; 329 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Delicious! Made this in 2-9" round pans (cooled completely before removing from pans). I also made extra frosting, so I could use it to pipe borders (I did omit the salt from the frosting). Ever...

Made this cake for a friends 60th Birthday. Everyone LOVED it. Thanks for a great low fat version. Will share with others and make it again.

This cake gets a definite 5. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it! The applesauce took away any need for more oil, the pineapple is always a hit. I added dried cranberries and golden raisi...

First I was not please with the cake flavor. It was quite bland. Second was operator error. I bought the tiny carrot sticks from the store so I didn't have to grate them. They don't cook in ...