Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Recipe: Easy Carrot Cake

Easy Carrot Cake
From Better Homes and Gardens
Servings: Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 5  medium
    carrots, peeled
  • 3/4  cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/3  cup
    flax seed meal
  • 1/3  cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1/3  cup
    packed brown sugar
  • 1  tsp.
    baking powder
  • 1/2  tsp.
    pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4  tsp.
  • 1/4  tsp.
    baking soda
  • eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4  cup
    canola oil
  • 1  recipe
    Spiced Honey Yogurt
  • tangerine or small orange, peeled and segmented
    Pumpkin pie spice and/or honey (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 8x8x2-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Finely shred enough carrots (about 2) to measure 1-1/2 cups; set aside. Coarsely shred remaining 2 carrots; spread in prepared baking pan; set aside.
In medium bowl stir together flour, flax seed meal, sugars, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In another medium bowl combine eggs, the 1-1/2 cups finely shredded carrots, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir until combined. Spoon and carefully spread batter on carrots in prepared pan.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack. Cool completely.
Slice square cake in halves to make two rectangles. Place one half, carrot side up, on plate. Spread 1/2 cup Spiced Honey Yogurt. Layer remaining cake half, carrot side down. Dollop remaining yogurt. Top with citrus segments, dust additional pumpkin pie spice, and drizzle honey. Makes 8 servings.

spiced honey yogurt
In small bowl combine 3/4 cup Greek-style yogurt (if unavailable, see recipe below), 2 tablespoons honey, and 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

substitution for greek-style yogurt
Line a strainer with three layers of 100 percent cotton cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter. Suspend strainer over bowl. Spoon in 1-1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 24 hours. Discard liquid. Refrigerate yogurt, covered, up to 1 week. Makes about 3/4 cup.

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