The cake has simple ingredients, and this version has 4 layers with a custard filling between the layers. I made the custard the day before so it could spend the night in the refrigerator. My layers came out of the pan cleanly and the custard tasted delicious. I stacked the cake together: cake, custard, cake, custard, etc. Everything looked great. Then, I turned to whip up the cream cheese icing. It was delicious, too!
I was creating a masterpiece!
When I turned back to wrap the cake in cream cheese deliciousness, this is what I found:
It was funny, I tell you! I got the camera to capture such a beautiful swan dive, then got back to work salvaging the remains. It is more fun than you may know to have your hands covered up to your wrists in cake and custard! I slapped the cake back in its place, anchored layers together with toothpicks, and quickly sealed the whole disaster in a thick coat of cream cheese icing.
The result was still a little sketchy so I topped the whole thing off with flowers.
The flowers helped, but the sparkler birthday candles saved the day.
That, and the smile of the birthday girl!