Sunday, April 29, 2012

Guilt Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Nap-Time Creations

Who doesn't want better for you, yummy desserts?  I know I have a horrible sweet tooth and it is kept at bay by eating fruits and dried fruits most of the time, but sometimes you just want cake.  This is a great way to enjoy a classic dessert in a healthier way.  It is almost guilt proof!

I made mine with Stevia, but you could use other sugar substitutes or plain ole' sugar if you prefer.  I also decided to add half wheat flour instead of using only all purpose flour.  This is probably the best way for my taste buds, but I suppose you could use all wheat flour it just may be more dense and dry.  After I use up the rest of my white flour I will start finding other options.  No sense in tossing good food especially when I am only using a small amount.

Carrot Cake adapted from AllRecipes
6 egg whites
1-1/2 tsp Stevia Powder (or 1-1/3 cup sugar or equivalent substitute)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (omit if using sugar or an equivalent substitute this is to make up for the bulk when using stevia)
1/2 cup skim milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 TBS ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
8 oz crushed pineapple with juice
2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 cake pan
  • In a large bowl beat egg whites
  • Add stevia and mix well
  • Then add applesauce, yogurt, milk, and vanilla and combine
  • Add cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, and flour and combine well
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients one at a time, mixing well between each addition
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until done and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Cool completely
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting adapted from Quick Weight Loss Solutions
1 package fat free cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp stevia (again use about 1/4 cup powdered sugar or substitute equivalent to sugar)
1 tsp vanilla
  • In a medium bowl beat cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy
  • Add stevia powder and mix well with a rubber spatula making sure to scrape sides and fully combine
  • Add vanilla and beat until combined
Spread over carrot cake and serve.  I had about 1/4 cup chopped walnuts that I also sprinkled on top.  Yum! Store in the refrigerator.

This cake makes 18 servings.  The nutritional value is for 1 serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 95 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 43%Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 5%Iron 6%
Nutrition Grade C
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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    1. That's great! I'm always looking for good sugar free dessert recipes, and this looks like a wonderful one. Thanks so much for sharing!

      1. This is fabulous! I love carrot cake and have been craving it like crazy :) But so many cakes have way too much sugar and wild ingredients in them so this is perfect for me without sacrificing taste :)

    2. Yum, yum, yum! It's been so long since I've had carrot cake.
      Thank you for sharing with See Ya In the Gumbo!

      1. Me too! I love carrot cake and was really craving it :)

    3. I love that this is healthy, it looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

      1. Thank yo so much! I am slowly getting better at this baking thing ;)

    4. Gotta try this!! I'm a carrot cake FREAK!!!

      Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)

      1. I love carrot cake too! It is amazing :) Hope you get to try it soon!

    5. I'm curious what the pineapple juice does to the taste... probably makes the carrots even sweeter. Very interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

      1. It's very good and really does bring a natural sweetness to the cake. We really liked it :)

    6. This carrot cake looks good and I love how it is healthier! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you there next week!

      1. Thank you :) I love that they are healthier and you can't even tell!

    7. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday at Nap-Time Creations. Just wanted to let you know I will be featuring you at tomorrow party! Come by and grab a *new* featured button!

      1. Thanks so much! I will definitely drop by as soon as I can :)

    8. I love carrot cake with cream cheese icing - oh yum!


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