Last year, for Barrett's first birthday, I constructed an elaborate barn cake. It doesn't look like much, but it took me eight hours to complete. At the end of that eight hours, I realized that the barn was REALLY slanted, as though it was on a fault line. The party goers made me feel better by claiming that they had never seen an old barn that was perfectly vertical, so it was "authentic" and not just crappy construction.
For Barrett's second birthday, I scaled back and just made a "normal" cake. I was doing fine until I put my second layer on, and it split into four pieces. Of course this happened at eleven p.m. the night before the party. I thought I was sunk. I kept thinking about all of the episodes of "Ace of Cakes" in which they salvage $3000 cakes that have encountered major catastrophes. The solution I came to was to just flip the entire cake over, so the broken layer was on the bottom.
I am now having major anxiety about having to make a cake for Gunther's first birthday. I have over three months to stress about it. I have no idea what kind of cake I will make, but I'm sure I will find a creative way to goof it up.