How do I measure success? Well, I suppose, if it is simply for me or people close to me, as long as it tastes good, it is a success. If that is the measuring stick, then certainly, my recent cake attempt was a brilliant success. However, if the standard is an aesthetically pleasing and well constructed cake, I failed.
The cake was baking well but my failure as a baker shined through when it came out of the pans in pieces. Since I have a lot of experience piecing cakes back together I was able to place them in relative togetherness, enough to ice. The icing held the pieces together enough for a few pictures and some tasty slices of cake but no doubt about it, this cake was a train wreck. A tasty, sugar infested, chocolate train wreck.