My dear husband turned 46 so I whipped up one of my special cakes for him. When I say "special" I really mean more like "special needs." Honestly, I really shouldn't bake things.
Despite the fact that this cake appears to be fine it's actually completely sunken-in in the middle of each layer. I covered the sunkenness with the frosting and blueberries. My baking is so predictably disastrous that I've gotten quite creative in my salvage techniques.
~ Once I made a cake that never rose and came out of the over looking like a large pancake.
~ Once I made a cake that collapsed into an enormous crumb pile as soon as you touched it with your fork.
~ Several times I've made a cake that completely adhesed to the sides of the pan with barnacle-like strength.
In each of these cases I was using a BOX CAKE and I followed the directions. Is used to cry, now I just laugh and shake my head. The kids shake their heads too and say "Wow, Mom. You've done it again."