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Layer upon layer of delicious ingredients (carrots, pineapple, nuts) come together to form a dessert that’s just as fun to look at as it is to eat. No wonder this is called “to die for” carrot cake!


Trish from Mom on Timeout was kind enough to share this family recipe. It combines three groups of ingredients (see the divisions below) and has no fatty butter or oils, so you can eat it without guilt (well, almost — it’s still cake, after all).

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It even has a homemade cream cheese frosting. Dessert really doesn’t get much better than this!

You will need:

Group 1

  • 1¼ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature

Group 2

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Group 3

  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple in juice (don’t drain it!)

Cream cheese frosting

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • Toasted pecans or coconut for topping (optional)

You’ll also need a cooking spray with flour in it. Find the full recipe at Mom on Timeout.

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Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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