No, there's nothing wrong with your eyes. Yes, that is a remarkably flat cake. For my college friends who remember Flat Eeyore, I give you: Flat Birthday Cake.
I'm pretty secure in my baking skills, so I'm able to see this for the hilarious cake it is. It's so flat, it's awesome! By now you're wondering how Flat Birthday Cake came to be. Well, it's very simple. My mother-in-law, for whom I created this culinary wonder, has to be very careful about her sugar intake. So I gladly volunteered to make a sugar-free cake for her birthday. I had wonderous visions of a delectable cake made with a sugar substitute, complete with fairy-like creatures dancing around it. (Maybe I've seen too many Splenda commercials.)
Once I got to the grocery store, I discovered something even easier! One of the sugar substitute companies (who shall remain nameless) makes a cake mix! Gift of the gods! There was even a sugar-free icing mix! Happily I grabbed both boxes and brought them home, along with the ingredients for dinner.
You can imagine my joy was somewhat diminished when I saw the finished product. My sister-in-law even tried adding extra layers of icing to make it taller. Not so much. Well, at least we all got a good laugh out of it. And, thanks to Rachael Ray, dinner itself rocked!