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Reduced-Points Carrot Cake & Cream Cheese Frosting

Because BeThisWay asked for it, and I was thinking of posting it anyway, here’s the carrot cake I made, adapted from Carrot Cake III on Allrecipes.com.

4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup  white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Splenda for baking
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 8-oz can crushed pineapple, packed in juice, juice squeezed
1/4 cup raisins, soaked in hot water then chopped, diced, or pureed (if desired)
3 cups grated carrots

First, beat together the ingredients up to and including the vanilla.  Sift together all the dry ingredients (flour through nutmeg) then gradually add to sugar mixture.  Beat in pineapple and raisins.  Stir in carrots.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 40-50 minutes, make sure the middle of the cake is cooked through.

And here’s the frosting.  I made a batch and a half because I did a two layer cake and after one batch of the frosting, the cake was a bit light on frosting in spots.  I personally like lots of frosting and I had more cream cheese in the fridge so I made another half-batch and loaded it on.  Let me just warn you in advance, this frosting is completely decadent and delicious and you might find yourself face-first in the bowl after you’re done frosting the cake.  Or before, if your willpower is a bit dodgy.

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Whip the butter, cream cheese and vanilla together.   Add the sugar one cup at a time.  Insert face in bowl.

Now, this is a reduced-calorie cake.  It is NOT low-calorie.  Don’t go making the cake and then eat half of it because you think it’s got 12 calories per slice.  One slice as I made it, detailed above, came in at about 13 Weight Watchers points — that’s about 650 calories.  (The original recipe, as written, came in at 17 points per slice, so about 850 calories.)  You could save even more by using low fat or fat free cream cheese in the frosting, omitting the pineapple and raisins, subbing more Splenda for the sugar, more applesauce for oil (on an equal parts basis), and using egg substitute for at least a couple of the eggs… though I can only vouch for my version, and my version was well worth the 650 calories.  Oh. My. Goodness.  (And because that’s just the way I roll, I did up a completely trimmed-down version of the recipe with all the substitutions and omissions in this paragraph and it came in at like 9 points per slice, or about 450 calories.)

Bon anniversaire

I turned 32 today.  Much to my surprise… for some reason for most of January I thought I was already 32, and then I did the math.  Duh… so this is what it’s like to be old.

We are celebrating in many festive ways.  Mother Nature decided today was a good day to lay down more snow than we’ve had all winter.  Frank has a veritable booger rave going on in his face (seriously, I think his sinuses are on E), and is running and on-and-off temperature.  Because of that, my birthday festivities, supplied by my in-laws in the form of cooking us dinner and providing cake, were postponed.  Our plumbing joys have returned, bigger and badder than ever.  Flushing the toilet or really using any plumbing is thus off-limits until the plumber gets here tomorrow.   I went to the mall to escape the flu-fest in the house (I didn’t even know about the plumbing until Frank called to give me a status).  Lane managed to walk right into a table in a store and has a good bump on her forehead to show for it.  When I went back to the car the escalator to where we were parked (our mall has underground parking under the mall) was shut off, so I had to negotiate the escalator stairs with two kids and a stroller and various bags, during which my Old Navy bag ripped and vomited all my purchases all over the the stairs.

But there were some highlights.    A nice teenage boy helped me pick up the vomited clothes while the rest of the kids he was with kept Lane from scurrying off.  (Teenage boys being generally nice and doing kind things somehow renews my faith in humanity.)  I got a free birthday gift at Sephora because I’m on their mailing list.  I bought some great stuff for the kids and Frank and me for our upcoming vacation to Aruba in April.  Jake got his first pair of big boy walking shoes, because each day he chooses to walk more and crawl less.  I figure by the time his first birthday rolls around in a week and a half, crawling may more or less be a thing of the past.   He’s pretty sure of himself when he walks, but the new shoes must have felt weird and heavy and he got even more zombie-like in his gait than he normally is.  (I want to groan “BRRRAAAIIINNNSS!” every time he walks.  Sometimes I do, but usually only when nobody else is around.)  Jake also had his first foray into chicken nuggets today for dinner.  He had one and-a-half.  This thrills me to bits because Dino Nuggets, I am somewhat ashamed to admit, are a staple around here, so it opens that as a dining option for him when he won’t eat what I make for dinner.  I also got a Wii from Frank (thank you again, honey!), and I CANNOT WAIT until the kids are asleep so I can hook it up and try it out!!!!

So I didn’t get any cake, but I did have a Frosty at the mall, so that almost makes up for it.  I know my in-laws plan on supplying ice cream cake when we celebrate my birthday after Frank’s well enough to participate in the festivities.  It will probably be a Carvel cake which is totally acceptable, but I hinted that they could also get one from Cold Stone Creamery.  Oh my, if they come through on that one I will be oodles of happy.