Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
This lightened carrot cake recipe features a tender cake packed with grated carrot, flaked coconut, and chopped pecans. Just like a traditional carrot cake, this cake is topped with a thick cream cheese frosting. GOOD TO KNOW: While you may get some veggies in your piece of cake, it's not enough to warrant eating the entire thing. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, which keeps your eyes healthy. Use fat-free cream cheese for the frosting for a healthier alternative.
- 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 carrots
- 1 1⁄2 cups canned crushed pineapple, drained
- cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) package1/3-less-fat- cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- additional grated carrot (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- 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 13x9-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.
- 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 vanill just until smooth. Spread frosting over top of cake. Garnish each serving with grated carrot, if desired.