Low-Fat Carrot Cake
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 egg whites
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups grated carrots
- 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, beat the brown sugar, buttermilk, egg whites, egg, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, spices and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Fold in carrots and pineapple. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and vanilla; beat until smooth. Drizzle over cake.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 263 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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Oct 15, 2016
I've baked several low fat carrot cakes and this is the best tasting and easiest to prepare of them all. I didn't have cake flour, so substituted all-purpose and it worked. I added two, not three, cups of carrots and 1/2 cup golden raisins and it was quite tasty. This is my go-to from now on.
Jan 29, 2010
This is really good. I lightened it up even further by substituting 1 cup of brown sugar Splenda in place of the 2 cups of brown sugar. Next time I will decrease the nutmeg and increase the cinnamon. But this is a personal taste preference.