I'm no professional baker, but I also don't think I'm a novice. For the first time ever, I baked a complete disaster today. I'm not sure what happened, but the cakes rose like crazy in the oven... mushroomed over... then completely sank in the middle.
Well, I think I do know what happened. I tripled the recipe I was using, but didn't write down all the triple amounts first. So chances are good I used the wrong amount of something. But since the recipe was tripled, I was NOT ok with letting all those fantastic ingredients go to waste!
So I lowered the temperature of the oven and baked the whole thing for a while longer so that the edges and bottom would at least be cooked properly. When I took it out, I let it cool then carefully carved off the burnt top layer. Then I scooped out the inner gummy layer (the collapsed part of the cake) and shaped it out so that the inside was nicely dug out. And now, I have a perfectly good hollow cake shell just waiting to be filled with yummy fillings.
I filled that shell with some pastry cream and topped it with fresh sliced fruit and it looks great now. Cake save! Whew :)