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Lighten Up! Carrot Cake

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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  55 Minutes
  Serves 10
This Lighten Up! version uses dense and creamy apple butter to replace part of the oil in this classic cake. Dark brown sugar and extra spices give the cake a deep richness both in color and flavor. Soft margarine and low fat cream cheese in the frosting cause the saturated fat grams to plummet without a noticeable change in taste!
For Cake:
1/2 cup egg substitute
  (or 2 large egg whites)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup apple butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
A pinch  of ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated carrots
canola oil spray (to grease pan)
For Icing:
2 tablespoons soft canola margarine
2 oz low fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (rind)
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon nonfat milk (optional)
TO MAKE CAKE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray one 8-inch layer cake pan with canola oil mist (or grease lightly with canola oil).

Combine the egg substitute (or egg whites), sugar, oil, apple butter, vanilla, and all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, and then beat just until it is a smooth consistency. Stir in the carrots. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

TO MAKE ICING: Beat the margarine and cream cheese together until creamy. Mix in the lemon zest (rind), vanilla and sugar. Beat until smooth. Thin with milk if necessary, to spreading consistency.

Cover the cooled cake with the icing and serve immediately.

Recipe created exclusively for by Cheryl Forberg, R.D., Health Editor at

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 10
Calories: 333
Fat. Total: 11g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 55g
Sodium: 299mg
% Cal. from Fat: 30%
Cholesterol: 3mg
Protein: 3g
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