I left out the zest and added a little cinnamon and nutmeg and it turned out great. Very moist and quite sticky. No frosting needed.
Makes a lovely light cake. I iced mine, stacked it into two layers and cut into small squares. This was partly because I messed up the top by turning it out on the cake rack and it stuck. Next time I'll flip it so that the bottom is on the cake rack. Also, I made this for a meeting in a couple of days and I thought it would last better iced. I substituted almonds for the raisins, which made it hard to cut but I think it would be hard to cut neatly anyway. Tastes great! Photos to follow.
I love carrot cake and found this especially good.
Definately a different carrot cake. It is much lighter than the carrot cake I am use to preparing. I used golden raisins and agree that it is plenty sweet without the addition of frosting.