Carrot Cake (lighter recipe)

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.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Cake

1 1/2
cups granulated sugar
1/2
cup vegetable oil
1/2
cup unsweetened applesauce
2
teaspoons vanilla
1
egg
4
egg whites
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 3/4
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground nutmeg
5
medium carrots, shredded (3 cups)

Cream Cheese Frosting

4
oz (half of 8-oz package) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1 1/2
teaspoons fat-free (skim) milk
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
2
cups powdered sugar
  • 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.

Expert 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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
210mg
210%;
Total Carbohydrate
50g
50%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
36g
36%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.