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Easter Dessert

April 6, 2012

For Easter this weekend I made my favorite carrot cake! I found this recipe years ago in Cooking Light and it is by far the best carrot cake I have ever had plus each piece is just over 300 calories! I have one in the oven right now, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  • Cake:
  • 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
  • Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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