Healthier Carrot Cake III

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  • Published Aug 25th
  • Ready In2h 30m
  • Servings18
  • Calories399
We made it with a little less oil and a little less sugar, so this carrot cake recipe is now healthier but still sure to be a favorite.

Healthier Carrot Cake III Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Healthier Carrot Cake III for 18 servings:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Healthier Carrot Cake III Cooking Instructions

  • Prep30m
  • Cook1h
  • Ready In2h 30m

To cook Healthier Carrot Cake III, you need about 30 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Healthier Carrot Cake III is about 1 hour , and you can serve your Healthier Carrot Cake III within 2 hours 30 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Healthier Carrot Cake III easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. 2 Beat together eggs, oil, white sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. 3 Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  4. 4 To make frosting: Combine butter, Neufchatel cheese, confectioner's sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Spread frosting over completely cooled cake.


  • Editor's Note:
  • This recipe is a healthier version of Carrot Cake III.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 399 calories; 24.7 grams of fat; 42 grams of carbohydrates; 5.3 grams of protein; 58 milligrams of cholesterol; 355 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 30th 2016

    What a great recipe without the guilt of eating something so sugary a fatty! I modified it a bit by using 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce in place of the oil, and using 1/2 cup white sugar ...

  2. Mar 26th 2014

    I reduced sugar to a total of 1 cup....1/2 brown and 1/2 white. Also, I reduced oil to 1/4 cup and added applesauce. With the adjustments, this cake is "fabulous"!

  3. Feb 23rd 2014

    Awesome recipe for an easy cake. I didn't have whole wheat pastry flour so I used plain whole wheat flour and for the icing I substituted the butter for coconut oil. Turned out to the same t ...

  4. Nov 15th 2013

    I didn't care that this recipe was supposed to be healthier, I just wanted a recipe without pineapple! I used all purpose flour, and half brown sugar and half white sugar. I also substituted ...

  5. Nov 13th 2013

    Wonderful Recipe! I don't like cakes that are over sweet and I did tweek it a bit, but it was great! Instead of oil I used 1 cup applesauce, and only 1 cup sugar, and I put walnuts instead o ...

  6. Mar 17th 2013

    I didn't have whole wheat pastry flour so I used 2 c. all purpose flour instead and it turned out great. I made it in 2x 8-in round pans rather than a 9x13 and baked for 40 minutes. The ca ...

  7. Jan 2nd 2013

    This is a fantastic recipe! I only used 1 cup of sugar. It came out moist with a great flavour.

  8. Aug 19th 2012

    I don't usually try recipes with so few reviews, but I liked the healthier aspect of this cake and took a chance, boy am I glad I did! I made this for my young boys and I (hubby won't eat ca ...

  9. Aug 3rd 2012

    I love carrot cake, so I was pleased to try this "liter"version. I took it to a birthday party, and everyone really liked it. I did follow the recipe, and would continue to make with no subs ...