The cake was adequate to ok. Just as a good make-up primer can cover a multitude of creases and divets, so too can a thick layer of cream over a lumpy, less-than-perfect birthday cake.
Looking at the positives, I don't think anyone would have mistaken it for a professional job. It had obviously been made by a mother in the confines of the domestica galleria.
..and some layering to delight and surpise.
And in one of life's twisted ironies like Nigella marrying a man who's uninterested in food, I went to the doctor's on Wednesday, perfectly well, and now I have a bug!