This is really a very excellent recipe! I made it in a cake pan instead and ended up with it being a bit too moist in the center (the fork came out clean but I was being fooled!). I added a bit of cardamon too as I am a big fan - and topped with candied chopped pecans :). My aunt and her sister run a bake shop and my aunt left our family get together asking where I go the recipe. I almost didn't want to share. As for the center, un-done part of my cake... it was rolled up into lasagna noodles and topped with a blue cheese cream sauce! Heaven!
Let me preface this review by saying that I did not use the icing associate with this recipe and cannot rate it. Nevertheless, these cupcakes were beyond fabulous. And I don't even like carrot cake. This is a must try. I can't wait to make it again with the orange icing.