Southern Style Carrot Cake ~ This cake consists of three moist layers that are full of sweet carrots and raisins. In between those layers is a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans.
You've got enough frosting to fill the layers and cover the sides and top of the cake, but Dorie Greenspan covers each layer generously, so generously that when the next layer goes on the frosting ripples out around the edges. Then just swirl the frosting over the top, leaving the sides bare. (Photo: Craig Lee for NYT)