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Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

Homemade carrot cake is the best! I use a box-style grater to shred the carrots. The best way to drain the pineapple is to squeeze it in your hand. Bake and frost just the top in the pan or double the frosting recipe, slice the cake and make 2 layers. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Makes: 8 to 10 servings

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/3 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup grated carrot, lightly packed (one great big carrot)
  • 1/2 of an 8-ounce can crushed pineapple in its own juice, well drained
  • 1/2 cup diced toasted pecans
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350Ā° F. Grease an 8-inch round baking pan.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl or onto wax paper. Set aside.
  3. With electric mixer on medium-high speed beat the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla for 3 minutes until thick.
  4. Reduce speed and add buttermilk, carrot, & pineapple followed by flour mixture. Fold in pecans.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan. Frost and keep refrigerated.
  6. Cream Cheese Frosting:
  7. Beat all ingredients well and add just enough milk, a little bit at a time, to get a good spreading consistency.

No whole wheat pastry flour? No buttermilk? See Substitutions in my blog.

Note: You can use all whole wheat pastry flour (1 1/2 cups) in this recipe and eliminate the all purpose flour if you like.

16 Comments on "Whole Wheat Carrot Cake"

  1. Asl

    Hi Jenny, can I make this recipe in a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan? And can I omit the pineapples? Thank you!

    • Asl

      Hi Jenny, I just made your carrot cake recipe in a loaf pan and it turned out good. šŸ™‚ It wasn’t as moist as I thought would be but I guess it was because of the whole wheat pastry flour…

      • Jenny

        I find this cake moist made in a cake pan and also the pineapple adds moisture as well. If you left it out, that may be the reason but I’m glad you still liked it. I just made it last week!

  2. ChaliseP

    Love this Carrot Cake Recipe !! šŸ™‚
    Definetly one for the book āˆš
    Yummy highly recommend !!

  3. jack simms

    Thank you for making cooking fun and easy.
    It’s a relief to cook-work at a Large data center and it keeps me smiling to cook.
    Do you still play the drums?

    Cheers

    • Jenny

      I don’t play the drums any more but I often play a beat on the kitchen counter between cookies.

  4. Melissa

    Can I omit the 1/2 of an 8-oz. can crushed pineapple in its own juice, well drained, and can I use 1% milk instead of buttermilk?

  5. Jennie

    Hi Jenny, should I use Extra Light olive oil or Extra Virgin? Not sure if it would make a difference.

    • Jenny

      Extra LIGHT olive oil is better for baking since it has practically no olive flavor or smell. Extra VIRGIN olive oil is richer in flavor and aroma and better suited for salads and sauteing.

      • Jennie

        I can’t wait to make them, they look delicious! Thank you for this recipe!

  6. Terri

    When I would juice my carrots, I would wash and peel them just to save the pulp to make carrot cake. It was soooo good, people would beg me to make it šŸ™‚

  7. Melle

    Love, love , love your recipes. So glad I found your boards and cannot wait to try them. Thanks so much!

  8. Rosalie

    Turned out great made it for mother in laws birthday,I’m hooked on Jenny.

  9. Zarah J

    Hi,
    I just found you on you tube and made the tunnels of cinnamon raisin bread and i must say i am a fan! I’m about to try this carrot cake, i love the fact that your recipes are “Healthy”!
    Great Job =)

  10. Dorna griffin

    I love your recipes their all so simple nothing too fancy .i’m going to try carrot cake.

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