Dear Mildred is very inspiring to me, I made her Hummingbird_cake yesterday for gathering (at Rick and Pat's).
This is before it traveled twenty miles in a big F350 Diesel Dually (I'm sure Dirt will edit my manner of describing his truck so hang in there men, the girly pronouncement will be dealt with soon) hauling a trailer. It was not easy and quickly we noticed that even though I was holding it in my lap there was some slippage occurring because of the jiggle factor.
So then I held it up off my lap and became a giant shock absorber for the next nineteen miles. We attracted the attention of a Pierce County Transit driver. He made us roll down our window so we could talk cake. Apparently Bee, everyone loves cake!
So it made it to gathering with just a little blooping out the bottom layers. Before I put the layers together I really did attempt some leveling by trimming from the tops of the layers. But I must admit I didn't do too much so I did try to cheat with icing as a leveler (works okay with mud and tile not so great with cake and cream cheese icing) so the "extra" filling jiggled its way to the sides.
In spite of its less than grand looks it got rave reviews, even the nut hater, Rick, had two pieces!