Personally, I follow a recipe exactly the first time I try it. If there are things I don't like about the recipe as written, I will experiment with changes after that to get it to a point that I like the entire recipe. Have to admit, however, I've only done this with savory dishes, not cakes. For me, it's harder to detect what needs to be changed in desserts.
3/26/14 at 10:18am