Patient Guide to Easy Diabetic Recipes

Dessert: Carrot Cake

A Sweet Diabetic Recipe

Carrot Cake

Common diabetes misperception:  you can never have cake or cookies or anything sweet ever again.  Don’t you get tired of hearing that from other people and then correcting them?  Make this carrot cake the next time you have guests, and you won’t hear that misperception from them.

What You Need
(makes 20 servings)

  butter-flavored cooking spray
2 large egg whites, at room temperature (you can put the eggs in warm water for 10-15 minutes, or you can leave them out for an hour or so)
½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
3 tbsp canola oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt (optional)
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup shredded carrots
4 oz unsweetened crushed pineapple with juice
¼ cup dark raisins  

 What You Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour and tap out excess.
  3. Whisk together egg whites, yogurt, canola oil, applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt (if you’re using it), nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  5. In 3 parts, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until just incorporated (don’t over-mix).
  6. Mix in the shredded carrots.
  7. Drain the juice from the pineapple.  (If you want, you can keep the juice—makes a nice drink.) Stir the drained pineapple and raisins into the cake batter.
  8. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon.
  9. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a tester (a knife or a toothpick) inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Slide a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Invert onto the rack to cool completely.
  11. When the cake has cooled, you can frost it, if you want.

Nutritional Info (Per Serving)
Cake Only:  If you frost this, the nutritional info will change (of course).

  • 103 calories (20% calories from fat)
  • 3g protein
  • 2g total fat (0.2g saturated fat)
  • 19g carbohydrate
  • 1g dietary fiber
  • 123mg sodium

Diabetic Exchanges

1½ carbohydrate (1½ bread/starch)