I had to remind myself that this is a year of cake practice, not a year of suddenly being able to make perfect cakes–because February’s Valentine cake is pretty wobbly:

Beyond my lack of practice, I think there was a technical reason for why it was so hard to make the base frosting look nice: I used meringue powder in the frosting, per the Wilton School of Cake Decorating books I got from my mom, and it’s a stabilizer. That’s GREAT for piping decorations but less great for trying to smooth out frosting. Good thing I had some fancy sprinkles for the sides.

But in the spirit of being a beginner and sharing progress, here it is! As Jake from Adventure Time said, “Sucking at something is the first step to being good at something.”