This Healthy & Light Carrot Cake is low-fat and full of wholesome ingredients like shredded carrots, prunes, pineapple and applesauce. It's Weight Watchers friendly at only 11 smart points and the low-fat cream cheese makes for a lighter icing. But it's so delicious you'll never know healthy or light!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the inside of 3- 8 inch layer pans with cake release (see NOTES) Or use non-stick cooking spray.
Spread walnuts in a pie plate and bake for 8 -10 minutes, until fragrant. Cool.
In a medium sized bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
Make Prune puree:
In a food processor, combine 1 cup of pitted prunes with 6 tbsps hot water, process until smooth.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and egg whites. Add sugar, prune puree and apple sauce and whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until blended. Stir in carrots, pineapple and toasted walnuts.
Divide the batter among the pans and bake for 30- 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before gently removing from pan.
To Make Frosting:
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy
Before you start to decorate, take a pastry brush and dust off any crumbs on the cake.
Place the first cake on an 8 inch cardboard cake circle (for easy transport) if you plan to move it or place it on the surface you plan to serve it on.
Then add some cream cheese icing/frosting as filling (see photo). You don't want to use very much, as it's rich and you need to keep most of it to frost the cake. Then add the second cake and repeat. Add the third cake.
Crumb coat the cake and freeze for 10 minutes: Add a very thin layer of frosting (as shown) to the cake and smooth. Do NOT leave in the freezer any longer than 10 minutes. *** You don't have to do this, but I do find it makes it easier to frost, especially if you want to avoid getting crumbs mixed in the icing!
Frost/Ice the Cake: Spread the remainder of the icing evenly on the cake (SEE VIDEO IN NOTES)
Cut pineapple rings in half and place on cake (as shown in photos)
Add a slice of carrot to each side of the pineapple (as shown in photos)
Press walnuts against sides of cake and sprinkle some on top, adding a little extra to the centre of the cake, as shown.
Note: I use Wilton Cake release because it my cakes come out perfect every time. I really recommend it: