Oh you're not alone. I stink at making cakes too. The only cake I've made that turned out awesome was a heart-shaped cake. I bake one round cake and one square cake, then half the round cake and attach it to two sides of the square cake with some frosting.I have just the pyrex bowl. Looks like I'm off to buy a barbie. Will post pics when it's done on MONDAY.
Lucky for me my kids prefer when I make things for them rather then buying. Warning: I may have many talents but cakes are not one of them.
I'd loooove to be able to make a cake like that.