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Healthified Carrot Cake

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53% fewer calories • 77% less sat fat • 73% less fat than the original recipe. Wonderful flavor remains while smart substitutions cut calories and fat.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Cake

1/2
cup fat-free egg product
1/3
cup canola oil
1/3
cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4
cup fat-free (skim) milk
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup Gold Medal™ whole wheat flour
1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
cups shredded carrots (about 4 medium)

Frosting

4
oz (half of 8-oz package) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
2
tablespoons butter or no-trans-fat 68% vegetable oil spread stick, softened
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
3
cups powdered sugar
1/2
to 2 teaspoons fat-free (skim) milk
1/3
cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottoms only of two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix egg product, oil, pumpkin, 1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until well blended.
  • 2 Add all remaining cake ingredients except carrots. Beat on low speed 30 seconds or until well blended. Stir in carrots. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  • 3 Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Carefully run knife around sides of pans to loosen; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. On low speed, beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended. Beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth. If necessary, add milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until frosting is desired consistency. Spread frosting between cake layers and on top. Sprinkle with pecans.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 340
  • Fat Reduced By 28g
  • Cholesterol Reduced By 75mg
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
50g
50%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
39g
39%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Original vs. Healthified

Live Better America lets you enjoy your favorite dishes without worry or guilt. Our nutritionists switch ingredients, reduce amounts and use other kitchen tricks to turn the original recipes into Healthified recipes that are good and good for you.

Before After
4 eggs 1/2 cup fat-free egg product
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded carrots (about 6 medium) 2 cups shredded carrots (about 4 medium)
8 oz cream cheese, softened 4 oz (half of 8-oz package) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1/2 cup butter, softened 2 tablespoons butter or no-trans-fat 68% vegetable oil spread stick, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar 3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecans 1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1/2 cup Gold Medal® whole wheat flour
1/2 to 2 teaspoons fat-free (skim) milk
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
640 (before)
300 (after)
Cholesterol
 
 
85 mg (before)
10 mg (after)
Total Fat
 
 
38 g (before)
10 g (after)

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Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/19/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
50g
50%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
39g
39%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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