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Carrot Spice Cake with Apricot Curd

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Serves 12 | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 45

Why I Love This Recipe

Ready for a dessert makeover? Turn a simple, frosted spice cake into a deliciously easy and nourishing dessert. With puréed canned carrots and tomato paste to replace much of the fat in the batter, and with a sweet topping of chunky apricots, a slice of this cake provides more than a half cup of nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables in your day!

Ingredients You'll Need

Non-stick baking spray
1 can (14.5 ounces) no-salt-added sliced carrots, not drained
1/4 cup canned no-salt-added tomato paste
1/4 cup 2% milk
1 box (18.25 ounces) spice cake mix
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 cup raisins
3 large eggs
2 cans (15 ounces each) apricot halves in juice or extra-light syrup, not drained
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch Bundt pan with baking spray; set aside. Purée carrots with their liquid, tomato paste and milk in a blender until smooth.

Mix cake mix, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and raisins in the large bowl of an electric mixer. Add puréed carrot mixture and eggs, and beat on low speed for 30 seconds and on high for 2 minutes, until the batter is thick and smooth.

Pour and scrape batter into the prepared pan and bake in the oven for 45 minutes until a tester inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Cool in the pan on rack for 20 to 30 minutes, until cool enough to touch. Remove cake from pan and cool on rack until room temperature.

While the cake is baking, prepare the apricot curd. Drain 1 can apricots. Purée the drained and undrained apricots and cornstarch in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling and thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese, butter, vanilla and remaining cinnamon until smooth; cool completely. Cut in 12 wedges and serve wedges of cake with sauce.

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