Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chemistry in the Kitchen

Thus commences the tradition of baking for everyone's birthday. This cake was for a chemistry major (see where i'm going with this...cupcakes tailored to people's majors at a liberal arts university--> liberal arts cupcakes!) Anyway, there are a lot of elements on the periodic table so making one cupcake for each, would have been a bit much. This was the first time I have made a cake that i could flip out of the pan. It was a dense yellow cake with chocolate frosting and the elements were made from colored fondant and written on with a gel icing writer.

 Watch as i magically transform these ingredients into batter
ooooo, aaahhhhh
Batter meet cake pan
sifting icing ingredients
My magical roomate

the magical cake

Elements for the periodic table of elements

Covered in chocolate frosting- this is when i discovered how hard it is to make corners pretty
Gel dye and colored fondant
Lauren cutting out element groups
Brittany positioning the alkali metals
Nearly done, one final touch to add
I saw this on a video online- so you make snakes of different colors of fondant and then roll them together and twist to make an awesome border
 The finished product!
...then all we had to do was wait for the birthday girl!

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