When you taste this sheet cake you won't believe it is light fair. Quite a number of carrot cakes I see use up to 1 cup of oil. In keeping with my "less is more" philosophy this recipe I found in "Cooking Light" magazine uses applesauce to create a beautifully moist cake. Carrot cake has always been one of my favourite tried and true recipes.
**Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting**
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 5 cups shredded carrot (about 1 lb)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup golden raisins
- cooking spray
2. To prepare the cake, spoon the applesauce into a fine sieve over a bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Discard liquid. Scrape drained applesauce into a bowl; cover and refrigerate.
3. Combine carrot and sugar in a colander. Drain 20 minutes.
4. Beat the brown sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended (about 2 minutes). Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition (batter will have a slightly curdled look).
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through salt); stir well with a whisk. Add brown sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in carrot mixture and raisins (batter will be very thick). Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.
5. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until wooden pick in the centre of cake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 (8-oz) block cream cheese, cubed
2. Spread over cake in pan.
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