Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
Stir together carrots, orange zest, honey, applesauce, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and walnuts, if using.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan and spread evenly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until center is set.
Allow cake to cool in pan 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Beat cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time; stir in remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth.
Evenly spread icing over top of cake. Enjoy!
- 1.0c White whole wheat flour
- 0.0c Unsweetened cocoa powder
- 0.0tsp Baking soda
- 1.0tsp Baking powder
- 0.0tsp Salt
- Zest of 1 orange
- 2.0c Shredded carrots
- 0.0c Honey
- 1.0c Unsweetened applesauce
- 2.0tsp Vanilla extract, divided
- 0.0c Chopped walnuts, optional
- 4.0oz Neufchatel cheese, or lowfat cream cheese
- 1.0Tbsp Butter
- 0.0c Powdered sugar