I am picky about carrot cake. Raisins are not acceptable in carrot cake. Pineapple is SO not acceptable in carrot cake! Pecans however, are necessary. (This is where me and my husband disagree.)
Not too many pecans, just enough to add a little bit of texture, you know?
I like to go a little heavy on the spices and to slather the whole thing in cream cheese frosting. This cake is totally worth the 20 minutes it takes to finely grate the carrots! (Anybody else have an aversion to grating things? Seriously, I would rather swallow staples.)
What's your favorite way to enjoy carrot cake?