#SOCS – Can

Can I do it? I wondered.

I thought I could. I had convinced the world I could with my Instagram and Facebook posts, but could I?

The cakes were all made, iced and lined up in a row. After approximately ten hours of making fondant flowers and a similar time investment in making and icing the five cakes, the final test had arrived.


The challenge – can I stack these cakes without breaking the flowers, damaging the icing or, worse yet, one of them slowly sliding off and landing on the floor in an explosion of crumbs.

My hands and arms were trembling as I gently lifted each cake onto the one below in order of size. I used a cake size lifter and two egg lifters to lift, maneuver and align each cake.

What was I thinking – of course I can.


Happy 80th birthday, Mom.


My mom and I with our book about her life and her 80th birthday cake. What a great day and party!

This post was written for Linda G. Hill’s weekly Stream of Consciousness Saturday blog challenge. You can join in here: https://lindaghill.com/2018/10/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-20-18/

72 thoughts on “#SOCS – Can

  1. hapy 80th and congrats ona life well-lived and a daughter like you as part of her legacy.

    and the take on “can” here was Robbi-licious

    i like how the frosting had some texture – rather than the constant use of fondant I see on some cakes – so the bit of texture was nice with the incredible flowers

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    1. Thank you, Yvette. I am so relieved the cake came out so well. I wanted to have a selection of flavours which is why I didn’t use fondant [which is actually easier]. My gambled worked, thank goodness. Only half of the last cake remained at the end of the party.

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    1. I usually do but because I chose to go with a variety of different flavours and icings instead of fondant, I needed to keep the cakes in the fridge up to the last minute. I didn’t want the cream cheese icing to go off or the ganache to melt. The royal icing takes a while to see and keep the flowers in place properly so I couldn’t do that at the last minute. Next time, fondant!

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  2. Happy 80th birthday to your mom, Robbie! Yes, you can do it. You’ve been working so long and so hard to prepare for the cake. Now it turned out perfect. I love all the colorful hibiscus flowers. Your mom looks great. She is so proud of you and your book with her written together. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. ❤ 🙂

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      1. Yes, your mom looks so happy.
        You’re fondant work is wonderful. If you can think of using other material to make them or pattern them and have some company make them as decoration or toys, it could be a whole different business for you!!

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  3. Those are amazing flowers. They look like what I could do with a real flower and a Photoshop filter–but never in a kitchen. You’re amazing, Robbie. Andy happy day to your mom.

    Do people tell you how alike you two look?

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