I normally stick to my MSP board, but alas I need some advice on home baking. I love, love to bake. I have a great oven, great pans, great utensils, just really enjoy baking well. So my best friend is getting married and her shower will be in TN. I will be traveling there and volunteered to make the cake since the thought of some store bought hydrogenated frosting POC (piece of cake) just really irks me. So I talked with the girl hosting, and she said she has two round cake pans and that is it. Fine, I can pack a cake pan or two in my luggage. Then she also said she thinks her oven runs low so maybe I should bring an oven thermometer :P Well, lovely. I won't have enough time to bake a trial cake before hand. So here is my dilemma.
I am looking for recipes for either cake or dessert that is tolerant of a (crappy) oven and will still be fancy enough and delish enough for me to be proud of. I am sure any fussy bakers out there understand me. I don't want to go armed with my meticulous cake recipe only to have on side get burnt and the other not rise. So either tolerant in the oven, or no baking required, but something that says "I love my best friend and baking."