I'll take some inspiration from Meg Ray of Miette Pastry Shop in San Francisco.
She says: "I believe you are not a better baker by inventing more and more cakes, you are a better baker by doing a few cakes really well"
She makes: Strawberry charlotte; old fashioned cake; tomboy cake; lemon tart; chocolate sables; and this princess cake.
It started out as Miette 'hot milk' cupcakes, which flopped.
So I thought I'd turn it into a princess cake, but I had run out of fondant.
So then I just made up my own creation!
Which actually wasn't wonderful.
Clearly, I have a long way to go before I'm mastering a few special recipes!