Secret to flat cakes: wet cake strips (i., Bake Even Strips) and wrap around the cake pans. They act as an insulator to help the cake bake evenly (flat). You can also use strips of towel: drench, wrap around the pans, and bake.
PIE CRUST COOKIES,we used to buy these from a bakery in LA. They would use their pie crust scraps and cut them in the shape of small hearts! Loved when my mom would bring home the pink box with twine and tiny heart pie crust cookies