Practice.. I need practice
I made my first cake a few months ago when I bought two six inch pans. As with bread, even the failures are pretty good. This is one. I had too much batter and overfilled the pans rather than making a few cupcakes to use up the excess. So the cake is too dense and rose into crowns that had to be cut off. Really it was a mess. But it is a very tasty mess.
Cream cheese/butter icing goes a long ways to fix problems. Even a six inch cake will last me a week. There's a lot of cake there.
I never knew how much I liked spice cake. Now I just need to get it right.