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  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsps salt
  • 1/4 tsps baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup veg. oil
  • 1/4 cup plain fat free yogurt
  • 2 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups finely chopped carrots
  • Frosting (can be made when cake is cooling):
  • 1/2 cup block style fat free cream cheese (let sit out for 20 mins to soften)
  • 1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Cake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Coat two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour.
  • Lightly spoon 2 1/4 cups flour into measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour with next 5 ingredients stirring well with a whisk. Beat granulated sugar and next 7 ingredients at medium speed of a mixer. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in Carrots.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans. Sharply tap pans once on the counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes on racks. Then removes cakes from pans and continue cooling on racks.
  • Place 1 cake layer on a plate; frost. Add second layer and frost completely.
  • Frosting:
  • Beat first four ingredients at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Gradually add sugar to butter mixture; beat at low speed just until blended.


This Carrot Cake can be made in 1 hour and 20 minutes (40 mins of prep , 25 mins to bake, 10 mins to cool and 5 mins to frost). It's very moist and lower-fat than most recipes.

Categories: Cake  Dessert 

Author Credit: Cooking Light (2004)

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