Would you serve a seriously ugly cake to guests?
Of course, I'd eat it, but the cake in question is for my mother in law's birthday. It's a four layer chocolate cake with fleur de sel caramel filling and chocolate ganache. Has almonds. It tastes good, but is just beyond ugly. I guess it was just beyond my skill level. Should I run out and try to find something at the bakery (there aren't any great bakeries around here actually), or just serve it and say the grandkids made it? It's not a huge party, just a few of my husband's sisters and their kids and MIL. It's just embarassing it's so bad! Not to mention it's ruining my day - I hate it when things don't turn out. (And I do like my mother in law, so don't say serve it to her out of spite).
I'd absolutely serve it. It sounds delicious and must've taken you hours to make it.
Those spent hours + cake tastes good = serve with love.
Sure - have fun with it! Serve it up with a bunch of cards strewn around it with "beauty is skin deep" type platitudes: it's not the suit, it's the man, etc. etc.
I would not hesitate, nor would I address the appearance at the party. Just serve it and enjoy! It really does sound delicious, and homemade is beautiful in all the important ways.
Let us know how it goes over.
eta: would sifted powdered sugar or cocoa on the top help?