Looking for carrot cake recipe with less sugar and more sweet carrots, pineapple etc
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.
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...
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.