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Easy & Healthy Carrot Cake with Chocolate Frosting

strawberryandcream
Say hello to your snack for the week: easy & healthy carrot cake with chocolate frosting. The cake is loaded with carrots, apple sauce, and zero butter or dairy. The chocolate cream cheese frosting gives it a slight tangy taste that goes perfectly with this sweet, moist and fresh cake. Serve it to the crowd or snack on it throughout the week!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

Carrot Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1 cup grated carrot, with the water squeezed out (about three large carrots)

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ¼ cup butter, at room temperature (½ stick)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Instructions
 

Carrot Cake

  • Preheat the oven 350°F.
    Grate the carrots on a micro plane or the smallest holes on a grater. Squeeze out the water from the grated carrots in your hands and measure one cup of the drained grated carrots.
  • Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar and brown sugar together until it is smooth and pale. (About four minutes with a hand mixer.)
  • Whisk in the vegetable oil, applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients until there's no more dry flour visible.
  • Fold in the drained, grated carrots until it's evenly mixed.
  • Pour the batter (it will be very thick) into an 8-inch x 8-inch baking dish. 
    Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick of knife comes out of the center clean (not gooey.) Let cool to come to room temperature before frosting.
    Once the cake comes out of the oven, that is a good time to set out the cream cheese to come to room temperature for the frosting.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the room temperature butter and cream cheese until it is a smooth, light and fluffy mixture. (About three to five minutes with a hand mixer.)
  • Add the vanilla extract and salt and whisk to combine.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time, whisking the mixture until it's smooth and creamy after every addition.
  • Add the cocoa powder and whisk until it's smooth and creamy frosting. Frost the carrot cake to add a little chocolate love to your healthy cake!
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