Carrots give carrot cake a health-halo effect—people think it's health food, but it's usually very high in fat and calories. But our version has about 40 percent less calories and 50 percent less fat than most. First, we use less oil in our batter. Then we skip the butter in the frosting (don't worry, it's still light and smooth). To ensure the cake is moist, we add nonfat buttermilk and crushed pineapple.
"I love this recipe. It is a lot like an old one I have that has tons of sugar and oil. Like this one better. The pineapple and coconut make it really delicious. It is moist, but has worked for me.
I made this for my son's 1st birthday, and everyone thought it was a decent cake. Tasted much better the next morning with coffee after flavors settled together a little more.
I followed the advice of other reviewers and added 1/4 cup more of flour. I left out the nuts, but it might've been good with the added crunch, and I didn't add as much coconut. I don't think it really needs the coconut.
I made it in larger pan, 11x13 and cooked for 32 minutes, and it was very fluffy, moist, and made for perfect portions. I would recommend a double batch of frosting to cover completely.
I read most of the reviews before attempting this cake.. I ran to the grocery store to pick up the few things I needed... I stayed true to the recipe but changed a few things. I didn't have the pastry flour so used my whole wheat flour (I did add a less little than half a cup extra at the end as most mentioned)- I didn't have buttermilk so used low-fat vanilla yogurt that I had in the fridge- I also added raisins! My only complaint would by my own fault.. I didn't want to spend the extra $ to buy ingredients for frosting so bought Duncan Hines frosting that was on sale.. I bought 'Whipped' Cream Cheese flavor which reminded me of marshmallow fluff.. so next time I'll make it myself or just buy the regular kind of cream cheese frosting. Also, my husband said the best part was the toasted coconut I added on top! ENJOY! Can't wait to make this again!
I'd never guess this was a healthy version of anything. I don't like cake & I loved this... Yes my batter was runny but instead of having to take it out 10 minutes early & burning in my oven like things usually do, this stayed in the full time & was definitely firm enough at the end of the 40ish minutes. It was just super moist.