Once upon a time....
...there was a sweet little princess (you've met her before and before that) who put down her crown long enough to help her kind beautiful mother bake a cake for her handsome fun dad, who was about to have a birthday.
Alas! The cupboard was bare! There wasn't a single cake mix to be found in all the castle! There was an obnoxious number of half eaten bags of potato chips and at least seven boxes of half-eaten, stale cereal, and lots of old jello....but not a single box of cake mix with which to make a birthday cake.
Despair was about to descend.... but then the kind beautiful mother had a brilliant idea! There WAS a box of brownie mix! The little princess and the kind beautiful mother immediately set about baking the brownies in round cake pans just like they would a cake...but when they turned the brownie cake out.....
Disaster! It was a disaster of huge magnitude! Pieces of brownie were everywhere!
This is the horribly distorted, quivering mass that was supposed to be the cake!
Quickly the kind beautiful mother realized that time was of an essence. While the monster was still slightly warm she risked her dainty hands and mushed the whole thing together in a shape that was slightly reminiscent of a cake.
"I don't believe you did that! This can't possibly work! And now icing?" the little princess exclaimed!
Icing was indeed poured over the mass of chocolate goo. It ran in the cracks. It gooped down the sides!
But the brave little princess now realized that all would be well. Chocolate icing can cover a multitude of evils.
OK, not COVER exactly...but hey...this is a fairy tale...with a wave of the magic wand....