I already have a favorite carrot cake, so I went in to this recipe knowing that it had a lot to live up to in terms of expectations. I liked the cake, but felt that the frosting completely overwhelmed the cake. All I tasted was maple. My 2 year old likes the frosting though, so we make a good pair. She eats the frosting and I eat the cake. The key to the review, though, is that this cake sat around for days. I know when my family of 6 does not devour baked goods, then there is something lacking.