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Carrot Cake

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
This lightened carrot cake recipe features a tender cake packed with grated carrot, flaked coconut, and chopped pecans. Just like a traditional carrot cake, this cake is topped with a thick cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • Cooking spray
  • Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Additional grated carrot (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 322
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 10.4 g
  • satfat 4.2 g
  • monofat 3.2 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 4.1 g
  • carbohydrate 54.4 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 40 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 403 mg
  • calcium 29 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, coconut, pecans, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Combine oil and eggs; stir well. Stir egg mixture, grated carrot, and pineapple into flour mixture. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  3. To prepare frosting, combine butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla just until smooth. Spread frosting over top of cake. Garnish each serving with grated carrot, if desired.