Time before a celebration is always tight and since this recipe benefits from being made a day in advance you have one less thing to do immediately before. I live in company housing and my oven is not dependable. I've made this cake several times and one time it was over cooked. However, the compote was absorbed by the cake and the result was a moist dessert. I love the combination of flavors. Nice alternative to a iced cake for a birthday party.