The Shady Porch: Carrot Cake: Easy - Healthier Recipe

3.24.2014

Carrot Cake: Easy - Healthier Recipe

My mom's favorite cake was carrot cake. I remember learning to make homemade carrot cake...it was delicious but it took time too. Nowadays, I really enjoy finding shortcuts and tips to make healthier cakes, or mix cakes that are more like homemade. One of my favorite tips involves using yogurt rather than the ingredients called for on the cake mix box. It makes a dense cake (more like homemade), and it's somewhat healthier, to boot since there's no oil or eggs in the recipe and I've added fresh carrots and nuts! Here's a recipe for an easy-to-make yet delicious carrot cake. 

Carrot Cake: Easy - Healthier Recipe
Carrot Cake: Easy - Healthier Recipe
 

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix 
1 T. cinnamon 
1/2 c. pecans or walnuts, optional
2 c. grated carrots
1 c. water
1 single-serving container of plain Greek yogurt

Directions:
  1. Add the water and Greek yogurt to the cake mix; mix well. Add the nuts and carrots until incorporated.
  2. Pour into prepared cake pan(s). Place in preheated oven at 350 degrees until knife test comes out clean (approx 20-25 min). 
  3. Allow to cool and ice with your favorite icing.
    -adapted from FamilyOven 
Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:
1 stick of butter, room temperature
1 - 8 oz pkg of cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar until you get the desired consistency and sweetness.
  3. Garnish with 1/4 cup pecans (optional).
Carrot Cake Recipe: Easy and Healthier
Carrot Cake Recipe: Easy and Healthier
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Do you have a cake mix recipe with a twist? 
If so, I'd love to hear about it!