I happened to have all the ingredients on hand so out came the KitchenAid.
I baked it in a heavily buttered bundt pan (bundt pans always make me nervous).
It fell a little in the middle (not sure what causes that). I was disappointed, but I figured that part would be on the bottom once I turned the cake out, so it wouldn't matter all that much.
Well, guess what? The cake stuck even though I took all the precautions like letting it cool before trying to turn it out! The bottom (top?) part stayed in the pan. Not cute at all!
But I decided to forge ahead and make the ganache frosting anyway and hope the cake would be edible. I didn't have any heavy cream so I used this instead and left out the coffee granules.
The cake isn't exactly presentable, but it actually tastes good! I feel redeemed!
My girls said strawberries went really well with it too.
So I guess the moral of this story is that even someone who bakes often, like I do, can mess up a cake. And sometimes it tastes better than it looks.