A few thoughts: Making this cake was slightly frustrating....but then again, it could've just been me. My cake was a little too crumbly and caused me issues when I tried to frost it. Possibly humidity and summer heat? Putting the cake in the freezer for a little while probably would have helped....but it was too late by the time I realized this, so I marched on through. The top kept sliding off the back and didn't have the open treasure chest look I was going for (and the original picture showed). But, in the spirit of making things work, I just kept adding gold coins until it looked better. In the end, the birthday boy was happy and that's the only thing that matters!