An old favorite with an updated nutritional profile, but still as moist and delicious as ever.
- For the Cake:
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (see Ingredient Note)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
- 2 cups grated carrots (4 to 6 medium)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- For the Frosting:
- 2 tablespoons coconut chips or flaked coconut
- 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Toast walnuts in a small baking pan in the oven until fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes.
Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and 1/4 cup of the reserved pineapple juice in a large bowl until blended. Stir in pineapple, carrots and coconut. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until blended. Stir in the nuts. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Frosting and to Finish Cake: Place coconut in a small baking pan and toast in the oven at 300 degrees F, stirring several times, until light golden, 5 to 10 minutes.
Beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with the coconut.
Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains. You can find it in large supermarkets and in natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
344 calories; 17g total fat; 5g total saturated fat; 56mg cholesterol; 349mg sodium; 43g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 6g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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