Yes, it's that magical time of year again when I have to make a birthday cake. I'm going to reserve judgement until it's finished this afternoon, but to be honest, it's not looking great. This is the beast with just the 'crumb layer' done. For those ignorant of what a 'crumb layer' is, that is the layer of icing which serves to cement any crumbs to the actual cake, so the final layer of icing can go on without being compromised by wandering crumbs.
Let's not panic just yet. Let's wait til it's complete.