I made two carrot cakes this week. We had record snowfall here, and my husband went out to shovel the driveway two mornings in a row, only to find our next door neighbor's teenage sons already doing it! So, I made them a carrot cake as a thank-you. I left the nuts out of the batter and put them on top, so that if anyone in the house didn't like them, they could simply scrape them off.
The next carrot cake was an order for a husband's 40th birthday. My inspiration for the decorations was a tuxedo... sort of James Bond-like. I got the buttons, the bow-tie, and flowers for the boutineer.