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Skinny Carrot Cake

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 16
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53% fewer calories • 77% less sat fat • 73% less fat than the original recipe. Wonderful flavor remains while smart substitutions cut calories and fat.

Ingredients

Cake

1/2
cup fat-free egg product
1/3
cup canola oil
1/3
cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4
cup fat-free (skim) milk
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup Gold Medal™ whole wheat flour
1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
cups shredded carrots (about 4 medium)

Frosting

4
oz (half of 8-oz package) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
2
tablespoons butter or no-trans-fat 68% vegetable oil spread stick, softened
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
3
cups powdered sugar
1/2
to 2 teaspoons fat-free (skim) milk
1/3
cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottoms only of two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix egg product, oil, pumpkin, 1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until well blended.
  • 2 Add all remaining cake ingredients except carrots. Beat on low speed 30 seconds or until well blended. Stir in carrots. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  • 3 Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Carefully run knife around sides of pans to loosen; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. On low speed, beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended. Beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth. If necessary, add milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until frosting is desired consistency. Spread frosting between cake layers and on top. Sprinkle with pecans.

Expert Tips

Eat Better America Test Kitchens replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
298.2
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10.8g
17%
Saturated Fat
3.0g
15%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
39.9mg
13%
Sodium
159.0mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
48.9g
16%
Dietary Fiber
1.3g
5%
Sugars
38.7g
Protein
3.2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
1.80%
2%
Calcium
6.30%
6%
Iron
4.60%
5%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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