Looking for carrot cake recipe with less sugar and more sweet carrots, pineapple etc
If anyone is interested, I found this recipe (and it was exactly what I wanted!)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
3 large eggs OR 3/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup Extra Light Olive Oil OR Canola Oil* (see note below)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 (8-ounce) can juice-packed crushed pineapple
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups (1-pound package) carrots or 1 pound baby carrots, grated
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Light Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
Chopped nuts (optional)
Just an FYI, I regularly decrease the amount of sugar in recipes without damage, but for your recipe at 1/2 cup, I'd probably leave it. I've also done the crushed pineapple, and I drain off some, but not all of the liquid to keep it moist.
Another thing I've done is to add grated zucchini, which also adds a lot of moisture.
This is not a traditional carrot cake but is so yummy (and healthy!). It is a Harvest Cake With Cider-Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and has carrots, parsnip, zucchini, and apple and only 1 cup of sugar & 1/4-1/2 cup oil in the cake itself. Here's a link to the recipe: http://www.recipezaar.com/Harvest-Cak...
Sometimes I'll substitute apple sauce for butter or oil. Usually it's to placate my vegan buddies but it does add a natural sweetness and keeps cake SUPER moist. Just be sure you get an applesauce with a lower sugar content. You might also just use honey, which won't give you such a "cloying" sweet flavor.