Now that I have made this cake three times in two days I think that next time it could be a piece of cake! This has been a frustrating experience for me to say the very least. I was using The Smith’s Family 12 layer cake recipe. The first attempt resulted in little rubber disks that resembled frisbees. I thought after the batter was ready to put in the pans that it was really runny, but why would it be the wrong proportions after all it is found at Oprah.com. I blamed the mess on my ineptness at measuring correctly and threw the frisbees in the trash before icing them. So I start all over again this time being careful to measure all the ingredients before mixing even one granule of sugar with a bit of butter.