When I went to Chicago for Mary-Claire's birthday I attempted to bring a cake. I ended up with a German Chocolate trifle. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I wanted to make. I found the recipe I wanted to use, bought the ingredients, and didn't think to check my cake pans until I had made the batter. The recipe called for 9 inch straight sided pans. I had 8 inch sloping side pans. Having recently switched from cake mixes to making cakes from scratch I figured it wouldn't make much of a difference. It did. It turns out cake mixes are much more forgiving than homemade mixes.
I was pretty annoyed that the cake didn't turn out. Like the pizza incident I knew I needed to give it another go. I went to Kohl's this weekend and picked up some new cake pans. John requested a carrot cake for his birthday, so I found a new recipe to try. This time it turned out great. Which is good. I would hate to have invested in cake pans for nothing.