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Christmas Carrot Pineapple Cake

  • Yield: 20 to 24 servings

"Christmas Carrot Pineapple Cake not only tastes heavenly, but it's truly baked with love. For medical reasons, I can't eat any refined sugar. Last Christmas, my husband Milt surprised me with this cake recipe. He has always enjoyed cooking, but this time he has outdone himself by combining his ingenuity with my medical requirements."

Ingredients

1cup raisins
5tablespoons unsweetened apple juice
4 eggs
1/2cup canola oil
3/4cup plain yogurt
1/2cup unsweetened applesauce, or 1 (4-ounce) jar applesauce baby food
1cup packed light brown sugar
1teaspoon Stevia
1tablespoon vanilla extract
2cups all-purpose flour
2teaspoons baking soda
2teaspoons baking powder
1/4teaspoon salt
4teaspoons ground cinnamon
1cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
3 1/4cups grated carrots (about 2 pounds)
2tablespoons honey
1 (15-ounce) can unsweetened, crushed pineapple, drained
1cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 15 x 10 inch cake pan.
  2. Combine the raisins and apple juice in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with wax paper. Cook on High for 30 to 40 seconds, until the raisins are plump and soft; set aside.
  3. Combine the eggs, oil, yogurt, applesauce, brown sugar, Stevia, and vanilla in a large bowl. Using a mixer at medium speed, beat until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the coconut. Gradually add the coconut mixture to the egg mixture. Stir in the carrots, honey, raisins and juices, and the pineapple. Fold in the walnuts.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing to make the top level. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Serve plain or with a topping of whipped cream and vanilla sweetened to taste with Stevia, if desired.

Recipe by Jane Williamson, Hot Springs Village, Ark.

 

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