Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish by Robbie Cheadle

Welcome in the last in the current series of Sunday Interview posts until the New Year. There will be so much going on in the next few weeks and we will all be very busy.. There will be a new theme in 2018… so keep your eyes open.

This week children’s author and master confectioner Robbie Cheadle shares the top two items on her ultimate bucket list.

Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish by Robbie Cheadle

I was quite sure that I didn’t have a bucket list. After all, I have a wonderful husband, two fantastic boys, a lovely home and an extended family. We go away on holiday every now and then and we get to see delightful places both in Africa and abroad. I would be greedy to think that more was due to me. I read an ultimate bucket list post by Paul Andruss recently and that changed my mind. On reflection I realised that there were two things I do want to happen before I pass on. The one is quite frivolous and self-pleasing and the other is a point of great anxiety for me.

I want to make a wedding cake

Ever since I started cake decorating about thirteen years ago I have had a secret ambition to make a wedding cake. All my family members are either married or unlikely to marry, as are most of my friends. None of us are really at the marrying age, we are more at the landmark fortieth and fiftieth birthday party point.

I think I will have to wait until the children of my friends and family are old enough to start getting married and the whole wedding thing starts over for me. This hasn’t stopped me practicing though. I have had a good go at my idea of a great wedding cake idea for the past two Christmases, one Christmas in July and one birthday parties.

The first Christmas was the year of the multicoloured roses. I made a three-tier fruit Christmas cake and decorated it with an arrange of thirty roses coloured pink, white and pale yellow.

Each petal of each of these roses was cut out and frilled and fluted separately. Each rose was assembled in three layers of different sized petals, starting with six small petals wrapped around the centre and being allowed to dry for a few days in a shaped silver foil cup. Once the first layer was dry, I applied the second layer of six larger petals and this was again left to dry for a few days. The last set of large petals was applied as a final layer and left to dry.

Each rose took one week to make, and I made about four at a time. The whole exercise took over three months.

The following year, I decided to use the same concept for my Mother’s birthday cake. This time I made gold roses for a chocolate ganache cake. It came out well and I made nine large gold roses using the same method as for the multicoloured roses cake but painting them with edible gold glitter when they were dry.

My Christmas in July cake last year was a floral wonderland which I created using a plethora of different flowers including day lilies and orchids, the making of which entailed the separate wiring of each petal, and a selection of roses, carnations and other smaller and easier flowers. I loved this cake which is the one I would have for my own wedding if Mr Fox would agree to renewing our wedding vows just so that I can make our wedding cake [he won’t – he thinks my reasons are shallow! Hmmmm!]

Last but not least, I made a rainbow fairy wonderland cake for last year’s Charity Christmas party. This was another great effort which included seven different fairies and a large number of flowers.

One of these days, someone is going to decide they want a wedding cake made by me and I will be ready when they do.

And the second item on my ultimate bucket list?

Well the other item I want is very personal. I want a cure for Michael. No more medicine, hospital visits, drips, operations and other nasty things. No more missing out on parties and camps due to illness and sore tummies due to copious antibiotics.

Modern medicine is making forward strides all the time and one day the doctors will make a great breakthrough and come up with the perfect solution for Michael. Until that great day, we soldier on and make up stories of what could have been if he didn’t miss out of some of the fun things of growing up.

After all a story is as good as a change sometimes, isn’t it?

My thanks to Robbie for sharing both her wishes and some very lucky person is going to love having one of her cakes at her wedding.

I think all of you will join me in sending out positive vibrations to help Robbie obtain her second wish. Let’s hope medical advances will eradicate not just the illness but also the anxiety that goes hand in hand with it. Love and hugs Robbie and Michael.

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River by Robbie and Michael Cheadle is a story and cookbook in one. It is the latest in a great fun series from a mother and her young son, the Author/Baker team of Robbie and Michael Cheadle​. Their series of gloriously illustrated books for younger children are quite simply unique.

The books tell of the adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and their friends. The inhabitants of Chocolateville; where everything and everyone is edible.

The concept was the brain child of Robbie’s son Michael. When he was a few years younger than he is now, and learning to read, he cleverly realised he could draw his mother away from dull lessons by weaving tales about made-up characters in a land of chocolate.

Equally clever (like mother like son, no doubt) Robbie turned it to his educational advantage by encouraging him write down his stories. So was born a family–friendly, cross-generational series that combined their love of spending precious family-time together indulging in favourite pastimes such as writing poetry, cooking, and it must be said, eating chocolate.

The series of books consist of cute and clever child-friendly poems, which adults can read to youngsters, and even encourage youngsters to read along. More family-fun time is guaranteed by the inclusion of uncomplicated recipes. Describing the scrumptious delights as simple; simply does not do them justice. Each recipe is designed to allow the youngsters to fully participate, thus passing on valuable life skills, and creating memories that will last both generations a lifetime, while also making fun things to eat.

The book and its predecessors are all illustrated with delightful figures made from fondant icing and sweets. Edible works of art that are easy enough for readers to copy: perhaps even making their own versions of Chocolateville for birthday parties and other celebrations.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet’s latest adventure has an ecological message. It explores what happens when the river of condensed milk running through Chololateville dries up causing all the fish to die. This is a subtle way of introducing very young children to the world issues that will no doubt be plaguing generations for some time to come. Plus the guaranteed happy ending helps youngsters feel they can really make a difference to the world.

Any one of Robbie and Michael’s clever and unique books would make great presents with Christmas coming up. Not just for Kids but for Parents and Grandparents too! They are charming and packed with fun recipes and stories to turn every kitchen day into an adventure that brings young and old together to create enduring memories.

Perhaps it’s time to collect the set!  AND YOU GET TO EAT THE CAST.  AN OGRE’S DREAM!

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

And on Amazon UK:

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads:

Connect to Robbie and Michael


Thank you very much for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share around the usual haunts.


101 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List – Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish by Robbie Cheadle

  1. Beautiful post Robbie. Your cake decorating is gorgeous. I can’t imagine you having any difficulties making the wedding cake. You could always try it to satisfy yourself. And you could donate it ahead of time for some young couple getting married that maybe can’t afford a beautiful cake. Just a thought. 🙂 ❤

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  2. I know it has been mentioned before, Robbie, but is it time to start your own business? Many a family business has been started with family and friends volunteering their time until the customer base grew. I see customers lined up out the door, waiting to buy and order your gorgeous creations. Thank you for sharing them with us. I’m keeping Michael in my prayers and will continue to send him healing energy. You are an outstanding mother and a loving being ❤❤

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  3. CHARMING post, Robbie – and every one of the cakes is stunningly beautiful. Your creativity is impressive, but your patience with the process simply blows me away! Sally’s right – I join in sending out prayers and positive vibes that you obtain the second item on your bucket list.

    I also join Tina in saying that I’m looking forward to the 2018 return of this Series, Sally — and her nudge about starting your own bakery, Robbie! I love Deb’s idea – or maybe you could sponsor a contest or a raffle where the prize is a custom wedding cake?

    Thanks to BOTH of you, Robbie and Sally, for sharing.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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  6. Robbie, those cakes are fabulous. I love the roses, especially the ones on your mother’s birthday cake. I am in awe of your talent and your patience. I’m sure you’d be inundated with orders for wedding cakes if people around you knew what you can do. Keeping my fingers crossed that a cure for Michael is found soon.

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  7. Robbie, your cakes are divine and I think you should definitely renew your vows so you could have this ultimate of wedding cakes for yourself! Actually, they all look too beautiful to eat – such wonderful artistic creations!😀 I am so sorry to read about Michael’s health problems and pray this second wish can be fulfilled. I must admit I don’t know his illness (we’ve only ‘connected’ recently). hugs to you all, Annika xx

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    • Thank you, Annika. Michael is doing better today. He has recently been quite sick again. I am so glad you liked the cakes. I spoke to my hubby, Mr Fox, about renewing our wedding vows. He is reluctant to do so just so that I can make a cake for the event [smile].

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  8. This bucket list is wonderful, Robbie. Your cakes are spectacular. Looking at the Christmas in July cake, who wouldn’t want you to make their wedding cake? And, a wish for a cure for Michael is the most important thing of all. Best to you, Robbie. Thank you for sharing this with Sally.

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  9. Gosh, I am tempted to have you make me a wedding cake, just to let you do it. Of course, I am NOT planning on marrying again and of course we don’t live anywhere near each other… but I’ love to have you make me a wedding cake, what fun that would be. I’d like a banana or coconut batter and the rest it up to you. And the 2nd wish??? Adding my support to that of everyone else who has read your post. Michael’s healing has been lifted to Heaven! ❤ God Bless us, everyone.

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  11. I love all your cakes Robbie but that Christmas in July cake would suit me just fine. You have oodles of talent Robbie. Brides will surely be queuing if you put it out there… I send my prayers and healing hugs out to Michael. May your bucket list be fulfilled. X

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  12. Wow. Wonderful bucket-list wishes, and though I hope both come true, I especially send warm wishes for Michael’s health and a complete cure. What a joy that would be and big happy checkmark. And your cakes are spectacular, Robbie. Thank you for the beautiful post, and to Sally for sharing it. Hugs. ❤

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  13. Robbie this is a beautifully written post of two halves
    Of course your cakes are absolutely gorgeous. Everyone full of their own unique personality: And that is your signature: every single thing you do stands out even from its fellows The hard bit is deciding which I like best…. because every time look at the next one that immediately becomes my favourite until I start looking back through them! I can really appreciate the amount of work that goes into them to make them look so effortless (that to me is the sign of an artist). People should be queuing up to have you make them wedding cakes – they would take pride of place. I also loved your fairy Christmas cake as that was such fun.
    In contrast your second wish about Michael brought an ache to my heart. It must be the hardest thing in the world for a parent to watch and feel so helpless when every instinct is screaming at you to make it better.
    I wish with all my being both your wishes come true. But If by chance you can only have one I wish it is Michael’s health.
    Your friend Paul X

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  14. Robbie I echo your wish for Michael, I really do..
    The Christmas rose cake, wow, one week for each flower, such a lot of work into each flower.. The result is stunning, I would not wish to eat it, but keep it in a glass cabinate LOL.
    Love all the works you do Robbie, such talent in icing and stories and poems..
    Thank you Sally for sharing..
    And wishing you both a wonderful week 🙂
    Sue xxx ❤

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  16. Robbie, I hope you see both your bucket list wishes come true. I am not married but I can’t see myself getting married any time soon and it would be a bit far to fly the cake over, but… And I hope the second one comes true. Love to Michael and to the whole family.

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  17. Thanks to your culinary skills and creativity all of these cakes are absolutely amazing, Robbie. Your Christmas in July Cake is fabulous–renewing those vows sounds like a perfect plan and I’m sure Mr. Fox can be convinced by a Charming and Foxy Lady like you. Sending lots of love and wishes that your two precious wishes soon come true. ❤ xo

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  18. Two great items for the bucket list, Robbie. Someone will get married now just to get you to make the cake!! Sorry, I already am married. And I truly hope you get your second wish as it is one from your heart. Sending hugs. xo

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  19. Robbie, I have said it before…you are one very talented lady. Your cakes are beautiful and one day you will fulfill your passion. My heart goes out to you with regards Michael, nothing is worse than seeing your child suffer, daily medications and so forth. You all will be in my prayers. Hugs 🙂

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