Beyond those absolutes lies a whole range of strong opinions, family recipes, and secret ingredients. We've seen everything from walnuts to pineapple chunks make its way into this classic cake.
So the real question is: How do you like your carrot cake?!
We're purists: carrots only! None of these nuts, raisins, or other surprises in our forkful of tender cake and frothy icing, thanks all the same!
But there's room for all kinds, and we can certainly appreciate the devotion and zeal carrot cake can inspire.
Here are a few recipes from the Kitchn and around the web to inspire your own carrot cake recipe!
The Secret Carrot Cake of Pasanen
Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Icing
Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Alton Brown's Carrot Cake
Carrot Pineapple Cake
Fourteen Carat Cake
Healthy Carrot Cake
And one more from Flickr member A Writer Afoot and grandfather!