As Ron White says, you can’t fix stupid. And you really can’t fix a bad cake. I found this concise warning to non-bakers (me) on The Sweet Beet.
“I’m not a baker. I don’t have the temperament for it. I have an aversion to precision, preferring to improvise or riff off established recipes adding my own spin. Baking, though, does not reward this trait. In the same way that Santa divides the world into naughty and nice, I divide the world into baker personalities and non-baker personalities. I am, without question, a non-baker personality.”
And go here for Ruhlman’s Bread Baking Month