Cake flour gives this carrot cake a tender crumb, while bits of crushed pineapple and toasted walnuts add nuggets of familiar flavor. A low-fat cream cheese frosting is a luxurious finish.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1993
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Ingredients

Cake
Frosting

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To make cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the inside of three 9-inch round layer-cake pans with cooking spray. Line the bottoms with wax paper.

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  • Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Add sugar, prune puree and oil and whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until blended. Stir in carrots, pineapple and walnuts.

  • Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan on a rack. Loosen edges and invert cakes onto racks. Peel off paper and let cool completely.

  • To make frosting: Combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

  • To assemble cake: Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a scant 1/2 cup of the frosting over it. Top with another cake layer and spread another scant 1/2 cup frosting. Place the third layer on top and spread with the remaining frosting.

Tips

Tip: To toast chop nuts: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

350.5 calories; protein 5.4g 11% DV; carbohydrates 61.1g 20% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 38.5g; fat 10g 15% DV; saturated fat 2.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 34.7mg 12% DV; vitamin a iu 2740.1IU 55% DV; vitamin c 2.8mg 5% DV; folate 72.6mcg 18% DV; calcium 67.3mg 7% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 13.2mg 5% DV; potassium 283.3mg 8% DV; sodium 437.9mg 18% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 24% DV.