Coconut Pecan Carrot Cake

Serves: 4 to 6

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This delicious carrot cake has rich, toasty notes from whole grains, and uses honey and maple syrup for a light, flavorful sweetness. For a rich, not-too-sweet frosting, top with Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting.

Ingredients

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with spray, oil or butter and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ (if using), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Combine applesauce, honey, and maple syrup with an electric mixer in a large bowl. Add egg whites and egg(s) and beat at medium speed for 1 minutes. Add vanilla and orange zest and beat just to combine.

Stir the flour mixture into the applesauce mixture just until no streaks of flour remain. Fold in carrots, nuts, coconut and currants (if using).

Pour the batter into the baking dish and spread evenly. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a rack before frosting.

Notes

Note 2: Sprinkling toasted coconut and/or arranging toasted pecan halves on top of the frosting makes a pretty presentation. If you are serving a large crowd, make two cakes and layer frosting between them.

Recipe by Seppo Ed Farrey, PCC Cooks instructor

More about: cakes, carrots, coconut, pecans, whole wheat

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