Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on June 27, 2013

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

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Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

Now that that’s over with… This cake!  Oh my goodness, this cake! I’m not one to get excited about carrot cake.  Heck, my hubby is definitely not one to get excited about carrot cake, but we all loved this cake, including him.  I was so excited when he said he enjoyed it(and went back for another piece).  You see he’s not usually a cake person.  And especially not one with vegetables in it.  This is a cake I’ll be making again and again at our house, it was a hit with everyone.

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

And that frosting!  Don’t even get me started.  I know it doesn’t look like a lot, but it was a decent amount of frosting.  It’s so flavorful you don’t need a whole lot of it, but if you really wanted to, I think you could scale the recipe to use a full 8oz of cream cheese and that would be good too.  And do you see I called it “skinny”?  That’s right, it’s made partially with Greek yogurt!  I know I’ve been a little obsessed with Greek yogurt lately.  It’s not a bad thing is it?

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

So, you’ll also notice I made this into cake “bars”.  You can bake this in a 9×13 pan or in 2 9″ cake pans and layer it(which I think would be awesome!).  It’s all up to you.  Make this cake however you like!

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

I did want to save this cake for when there were carrots at the Farmers Market because this cake will be incredible with fresh, sweet spring carrots.  I was out weeding my carrots last night and dreaming of making this cake with them.  Speaking of my garden, would you like to see garden updates here on Food Doodles?  I’ve literally been wanting to do something like that for years now.  I’m a little self conscious of my garden since I live in Canada so my garden is a little behind all the others I see, but I’d still like to share if you’re curious Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh and speaking of sweetness, I think why we liked this cake so much is because it’s not too sweet.  It was the perfect sweetness for us.   The frosting isn’t too sweet either, it’s just sweet enough with a little bit of lemon juice to brighten it up.  Don’t even think about omitting that tiny bit of lemon juice, it makes a world of difference.

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

Give this cake a try and let me know what you think!  I hope you love it as much as we did!

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake
 
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Yield: 1 9x13 cake
Ingredients
  • 2 C white whole wheat flour(or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¾ C coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ C honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ C grated carrots(about 4 large)
  • ½ C applesauce
  • ¾ C roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 batch Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting - Recipe Below
  • extra finely chopped walnuts for topping if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 pan by lightly buttering or spraying with oil.
  2. In a bowl combine the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir together the melted coconut oil, honey, eggs, vanilla, grated carrots and applesauce until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until combined, folding in the walnuts at the last second. Pour the batter into the prepared 9x13 pan and spread out evenly. Place in the oven and bake for 28-32 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
Notes
This makes a lightly spiced cake. I prefer to taste the spices a little more and heap my spice measurements :)
Recipe adapted from Creating Naturally

 

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting
 
Author:
Yield: Enough to lightly frost a 9x13 cake or 2 9" cakes
Ingredients
  • 6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ C plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ C + 1tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a food processor(or with hand beaters) beat the cream cheese until soft. Add the yogurt, vanilla, honey and lemon juice and beat until completely smooth. Pour into a container, cover and chill until ready to frost(frosting will thicken in the fridge after a couple hours).
Notes
I used full fat cream cheese and non fat yogurt and highly recommend it. If you want to try low fat cream cheese you can, but I cant guarantee the results. Even using full fat cream cheese this recipe is lighter than most cream cheese frosting, so enjoy!

 

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake with Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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