So The Person baked me a cake for my birthday.
Here are the lessons that he said he learned;
1) Use the right equipment. When it asks for 2 sandwich tins, using 1 springform tin which is bigger isn't a suitable substitute
2) When you do put your mixture in the tin, ensure it is evenly spread across the bottom or you will end up with what we affectionately called the Slope Cake
3) When making your icing and you run out of icing sugar, do not try and substitute it for caster sugar
4) If the icing is supposed to be pink/red, keep adding the food colouring until you get the desired colour, don't be stingy and end up with flesh/raw sausagemeat coloured icing
No need to thank me, go forth and bake.