Last year for my daughter's birthday I tried my hand at one of those topsy turvy birthday cakes and it failed miserably!!! I didn't weight it properly and 10 minutes before all the guests arrived, the top of the cake fell off. After further forensic evidence, it appeared the top part fell off the cake while the second tier was splitting in two Titanic style. It still tasted good, so no harm, no foul.
This year I was determined I would not experience birthday cake tragedy. I planned, I visited Joann's to get the products professional cake makers use...this cake was going to be 'the pinnacle of my distinguished career' (in the words of Sebastian from the Little Mermaid). It actually turned out GREAT.
At least this year the cake lasted until the guests arrived. :)
I am already planning the architectural structure of the cake for next year. Everyone hopes to be invited back next year so they can see if the cake actually make it. :) Moral of this story? Cakes do not balance on one post in the center of the cake. I promise I'm a bright person...I need to stop skimping on the architectural planning of my birthday cakes.