I just made a birthday cake for my son, who turned 5, and although he won't look past all the gummis and sprinkles that I decorated with per his request, I can't help but think how lopsided it was. I made a 2 layer cake from a mix (yes!) in 2 round pans, and each ended up baking into a dome shape. I was too lazy to cut the tops off, and also worried how I might frost if I did that without breaking and tearing the layers, but is there some way to prevent dome top rather than cutting it off at the end? I wouldn't think you could just pour the batter higher on the sides to compensate (like some people do with burgers) because it would settle flat before it hardened up, wouldn't it?
This is really just a curiousity - I am sure the birthday boy will love the cake, and would have been just offended if I had cut off and discarded the dome top. He got very upset when I told him I was going to discard the oreo cremes after pounding the cookies into "dirt" for the "worms."