Trisha Yearwood’s Healthy Recipes – Slimmed Down Carrot Cake

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With a wide array of talents, Trisha Yearwood is one of the highest-selling female artists in country music history, and now a two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author. Don’t miss Trisha Yearwood in concert for one night only at Wharton Center, Thursday, February 27th!

Slimmed Down Carrot Cake

Slimmed Down Carrot Cake! 

Carrot Cake:

  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup carrot puree or carrot baby food
  • 1 cup frozen grated coconut, thawed
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained


  • One 8-ounce package Neufchatel cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped


For the carrot cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom of a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper and grease the paper with cooking spray.

With an electric mixer, cream the granulated sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs together in a large bowl. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and mix well. Add the carrot puree, coconut, walnuts and pineapple and beat until smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool the cake for about 5 minutes. Spray a wire rack with cooking spray. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn the cake out onto the wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat the Neufchatel in a medium bowl until smooth. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until fully combined. Mix in the vanilla.

Frost the cake and garnish with the chopped walnuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Posted in Wharton Center News
3 comments on “Trisha Yearwood’s Healthy Recipes – Slimmed Down Carrot Cake
  1. Patty Austin says:

    I’m allergic to pineapple…is there something else you you use in place of the pineapple

  2. Gerri Stalnaker says:

    I did the show’s entire menu last night – unfried chicken, garlic mashed cauliflower and slimmed down carrot cake. My husband and I are ‘happy, happy, happy!’ Thanks!

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