OK - this may be a bit of an exaggeration! This was the lump that leaked out of my stand-up train pan. The upside - at least I get to taste the cake to make sure it's OK ;)
Unfortunately my stand up cake for the boys is going to end up as just a regular plated and decorated cake rather than a stand-up. I tied the wire as tight as I could but it still exploded out the smoke stack. Oh well - the boys still think it looks cool so I'm not going to strive for perfection.
Don't get me wrong - the cakes taste fantastic! I tried a couple recipes from the February 2011 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
The first was the Classic Vanilla Cake (my husband is a vanilla cake lover and couldn't stop devouring little cupcakes so it was a very good recipe - I added in red, white and blue sprinkles to appease my 2 year old's love affair with all things sprinkled!).
The second was the Double Chocolate Cake recipe. As a chocolate lover I can attest to this being a really good chocolate cake. However, it still doesn't beat my mom's chocolate cake. Mom - your cake is still the best!