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5 Tips to Make Carrot Cake Healthy and Even More Delicious (Page 5)

Cut Fat By Using Low-Fat Cream Cheese in the Frosting

4. Cut Fat By Using Low-Fat Cream Cheese in the Frosting

Frosting can make or break a cake when it comes to flavor and calories, and the cream cheese frosting that traditionally tops carrot cake is no exception. The calories and fat in traditional cream cheese frosting recipes can pile up quickly. And to add insult to injury, those frosting recipes sometimes include butter—for flavor and to make the frosting spread easily. EatingWell’s healthy cream cheese frosting recipe uses Neufchâtel cream cheese that contains a third less fat than regular cream cheese. We skip the butter in the frosting and add flavor with a healthy splash of vanilla extract. It gives the frosting a confectionary flavor without adding calories. And as long as your Neufchâtel isn’t chilled and has been beaten thoroughly with a hand mixer, it will spread easily without butter.

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