I love carrot cake! I prefer it to chocolate cake. And the one I made from scratch and grated the carrots I was told by family was the best. I made it because I wanted a carrot cake you could tell had real carrots and not puree.
For full truth I made the cake from scratch but used a premade cream cheese frosting instead of the one in the recipe.
I could have sworn I took a picture and showed it to some online friends but have not been able to find it. It's wasn't has creative as yours and looked plain except you could see the carrot when you cut it open.