So I got back from work a couple of days ago (I work at a hospital and had a 30-hour call) and was trying to throw together my youngest munchkin's birthday cake for the next day. I had baked all but the last 10 inch layer (three tiers: 10, 8 and 6) for the bottom tier, so I threw some cake batter together and popped it in the oven. It unmolded perfectly, and I was gearing up for a long night of decorating, when I realized ... I'd baked a 12-in. cake instead!! Fortunately it wasn't for anybody but me, so I quickly carved a 10in out of the 12 in, and made do .... but boy! Did I feel dumb!
Anyhow! All in good fun .... cake turned out fine (I'll post pictures later). But this is exactly why I don't make any life-altering decision (no buying cars or deciding to have more kids, for example) when I'm post-call.
Ha ha! Nice save. At least you made the cake too big instead of too small. That would not have worked out so well.
All ended well and that is all that matters. The customers don't need to know all the details of how we did things wrong. I know I did some things wrong on my airplane cake. Thought I was going to pull my hair out before I completed the cake. Looks pretty good, but the before completion and after completion was two complete different looks.