Light Yet Delicious Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

20 February 2009 10 comments


Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. It somehow lessens the guilt of eating cakes when you know that it has a vegetable in one of the ingredients. Even though this type of cake is good, it still packs a large amount of calories. A typical carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (3 oz slice) contains 425 calories. Yikes! This recipe from Cooking Light magazine is 100 calories less than the regular recipe. It also has coconut flakes, crushed pineapple and pecans (which I omitted since I don't like any kind of nuts in my desserts). Since I didn't have crushed pineapple, I used apple sauce (1 cup). Even with the substitutions, the resulting cake still was delicious. Dh loved it and commented that it is so light and moist. I only used half the amount of confectioner's sugar in the frosting and it was still too sweet for my taste. So next time I make the frosting, I will only use 1 cup confectioner's sugar and omit the butter entirely. I'm sharing the original recipe so you can tweak it to suit your taste.

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

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)
Preheat oven to 350°.

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.

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.

10 comments: to “ Light Yet Delicious Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting so far...

  • carlota February 20, 2009

    my favorite!

    But never baked! :-) ... I always have carrot cake on my bday baked by Kathy.

  • GAGAY February 20, 2009

    whew!carrots! i like it! i wanna grab your ingredients and try myself..thank you!

    anyway, i am featuring blogs in my blog..feel free to access it!


  • foongpc February 21, 2009

    I love carrot cheese cake too! Yummy! But my problem is, if eat too much cheese, my stomach can't handle it, and will have stomach upset!

  • NovaS February 22, 2009

    This looks tempting.. that taste must pretty yummy....


  • Soul Mates 95 February 23, 2009

    Carrot cake is easily one of my favorites. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Babette February 24, 2009

    I'm sure you can learn to make this, it's very easy. :)

    You're welcome. Thanks for the info.

    Too bad you cannot eat a lot of cheese.You must be Lactose intolerant. Just scrape off the icing since it's where the cream cheese ingredient is. The cake itself doesn't contain cheese. :(

    Yes, it tastes very good. It's different from other carrot cake recipes since it has pineapple and coconut.

    You're welcome!

  • Anonymous March 06, 2009

    I made this last Monday and followed your advice to add just 1 cup of powdered sugar in the icing. It was so good and not sweet at all!! I was hoping to bring some to the hospital but between giving some to mom and dan and the kids, there was only 2 slices left last Tuesday. Definitely a keeper, Thank you, Ate Barbs!

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  • haze March 17, 2009

    Hi Barbs, carrot cake seems appetizing! I have never eaten carrot cake yet but this is worth a try ;)!

  • Sreisaat April 24, 2009

    Hello Babette... I bookmarked this recipe hoping to try it this weekend :)

    We Ate This!