Healthy Carrot Cake

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This is a really good lower-fat version of carrot cake. It is from a book called Dr. Cookie, which includes healthier versions of popular desserts.

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  • add   1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • add   1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • add   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • add   2 teaspoons baking soda
  • add   2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • add   1 3/4 cups flour
  • add   2 cups powdered sugar
  • add   1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • add   3/4 cup raisins
  • add   2 teaspoons skim milk
  • add   1 cup crushed pineapple
  • add   3 cups carrots
  • add   8 ounces neufchatel cheese
  • add   2 large egg whites
  • add   1 large egg
  • add   2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • add   2/3 cup buttermilk
  • add   1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Coat a 9X13 pan with spray and dust lightly with flour.
  3. Tap out the excess flour.
  4. Whisk the flours with the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Beat the egg, egg whites, brown sugar and oil with an electric mixer until smooth.
  7. Add the carrots and beat for 1 minute.
  8. Add the buttermilk, pineapple and raisins and beat again.
  9. Add the flour mixture and beat until well mixed.
  10. Scrape the batter into the pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool the cake in the pan set on a wire rack.
  12. Frost, if desired, when completely cool.
  13. Store the cake in the pan in the refrigerator.
  14. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with an elecric mixer set at medium-high speed until smooth.
  15. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the milk, a tsp.
  16. at a time until the frosting is at spreading consistency.
  17. Spread the frosting on the cooled, uncut cake.