Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

This carrot cake has undergone a number of changes over 15 (!) years, to become a delightfully quirky take on a classic dessert - and one that significantly cuts saturated fat and calories (though still - eat with moderation!) while dramatically increasing nutritional content. At a recent writing retreat, my fellow writers loved it enough to demand a second cake over the weekend!


2
cups
whole wheat pastry flour
1
cup
sugar (light brown – raw sugar)
1.5
tsp
cinnamon
1.5
tsp
allspice
1
tsp
baking soda
1.5
tsp
baking powder
1/2
tsp
salt
4-5 large carrots, grated (at least 3 cups!)
1
tsp
vanilla
1
cup
canola oil
4
eggs, lightly beaten
1/2
cup
golden raisins
1/2
cup
dried cranberries, blueberries or raisins
1
cup
semi-sweet chocolate chips

8

oz
Frosting
Neufchatel cream cheese or soy "cream cheese"
2
Tbs
frozen orange juice concentrate
2
cups
powdered sugar


1
 Mix dry ingredients in large bowl (flour through salt).
2
 Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. (To increase fluffiness, you can beat the egg whites separately until they are stiff, slowly add the yolks, and then fold into entire mixture).
3
 Add dried fruit and chocolate chips.
4
 Bake in oiled and floured 9x9 pan for about 50 minutes at 325 degrees. 

After cooling, sift the powdered sugar into a bowl.  Beat powdered sugar, Neufchatel cheese, and orange juice.  This will make a runnier frosting than you may be used to, but it is delicious! 





Servings: 15
Nutrition Information generated using Living Cookbook
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/15 of a recipe (4.2 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.
Amount Per Serving
Calories
399.71
Calories From Fat (56%)
222.97
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25.7g
40%
Saturated Fat 6.02g
30%
Cholesterol 67.89mg
23%
Sodium 306.97mg
13%
Potassium 230.21mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 40.09g
13%
Fiber 3.86g
15%
Sugar 18.02g

Protein 6.84g
14%
Vitamin A 3870.99IU
77%
Vitamin B12 0.21mcg
4%
Vitamin B6 0.15mg
8%
Vitamin C 2.6mg
4%
Vitamin D 4.67IU
1%
Vitamin E 2.98mg
30%
Vitamin K 13.91mcg
17%









































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