Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. I love the tang of the cream cheese frosting against the sweet and spicy cake. I don't detect any carrot flavor, but I think it imparts a sweetness and warmth that is a great vehicle for cinnamon, sometimes coconut, walnuts, and pineapple.
In the 80's carrot cake was thought to be healthy simply because of the addition of carrots. With the sugars, flour, and butter, there is no mistaking this indulgence for health food.
Saveur offers a Classic Carrot Cake Recipe
MyRecipes has an Apple Pecan Carrot Cake
AllRecipes has a Sam's Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe with carrots, raisins, walnuts, and pineapple
Epicurious has a basic recipe for Carrot Cake
Tasty Kitchen has a recipe for Carrot Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
The New York Times has a Flourless Carrot Cake Recipe
Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for Carrot Cake with Cider and Olive Oil
Cooking Classy gives a recipe for a ultra-decadent Carrot Cake Cheesecake.