Traditional carrot cakes have as much as 1 1/2 cups of oil; this one has far less fat—only 1/2 cup of butter. But you'll be amazed at how moist and tender the cake is. Draining the carrots in a colander helps maintain the cake's texture while keeping it from becoming too heavy.

Recipe by Cooking Light January 2001


Recipe Summary

20 servings (serving size: 1 slice)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • To prepare the cake, spoon the applesauce into a fine sieve over a bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Discard liquid. Scrape drained applesauce into a bowl; cover and refrigerate.

  • Combine carrot and granulated sugar in a colander. Drain 20 minutes.

  • Beat the brown sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended (about 2 minutes). Add applesauce, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and coconut extract; beat until well-blended (about 2 minutes). Add eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition (batter will have a slightly curdled look).

  • Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through salt); stir well with a whisk. Add brown sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in carrot mixture and raisins (batter will be very thick). Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.

  • Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  • To prepare the frosting, beat the powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and cheeses with a mixer at low speed just until well-blended (do not overbeat). Spread the frosting over the cake; cover and chill 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; calories from fat 23%; fat 8.1g; saturated fat 4.8g; mono fat 2.3g; poly fat 0.5g; protein 5.6g; carbohydrates 57.7g; fiber 1.7g; cholesterol 45mg; iron 1.2mg; sodium 327mg; calcium 91mg.