I really wish I had a picture. The last time I made a cake for my birthday (2010), that sucker was a hot mess. I was oh so clueless. Didn't know what a spatula was for, so I covered the cake with super sticky cream cheese excuse for BC using a butter knife *yeah, I know* then I sprinkled it with colored sugar to try to make it pretty. #fail. It was so hideously ugly (I used my dollar store baking pans, didn't even know to tort and level) and tasted like crap (it was some cream cheese cake recipe I found online that used the chemical tasting brand of cake flour known as Swans Down).
This cake was so hideous, it was partly the motivation for me signing up for my first Wilton course.
Ugh, I can still see the cream-colored atrocity in my head!