Cell Cake

Hello again! All my exams are now over and I am returning to the blogosphere! As a celebration for it being nearly the end of the school year, and as one of my biology teachers is leaving, I decided to make a cell cake to share with my class.

I made a basic Victoria sponge cake using Mary Berry’s amazing recipe and filled it with a layer of jam. I iced the cake using fondant, and mixed the different colours using Dr. Oetker coloured ready-to-roll icing.

I used white fondant to cover the whole cake, rolling it out, then carefully draping on top using a rolling pin and gently stretching the icing around the cake to remove any folds. I created the cell membrane using a strip of blue icing, which I cut out using a pizza cutter and clean ruler. It is important to use a little water to help the strip to adhere to the edge of the cake so that it does not come apart.

I created the cell’s organelles (the mitochondria, rough endoplasmic reticulum, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, golgi apparatus and nucleus) using different colours of fondant. When making the SER and RER, I found that it helped to cut a strip of fondant, then cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge; this made it more workable and ensured that the delicate parts held their shape better.

Now onto the photos!

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Covering the cake with white fondant

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Close up of the rough endoplasmic reticulum, with the small blue balls representing the ribosomes.

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Smooth endoplasmic reticulum

Hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps anyone who has to make a cell cake as a science project!

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Lottie x

 

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16 thoughts on “Cell Cake

  1. Ed says:

    You never cease to amaze me with your baking, It’s absolutely beautiful!
    Thank you for leaving some for me ☺️

  2. Allison says:

    Ooh, this is really neat! It’s funny because I am (or was) learning about those same things in my Science! 😀 So those organelles sound quite familiar. XD

  3. Susan says:

    Wow. You are truly an outstandingly talented young girl. Where abouts did you purchase your white fondant may I ask? I find the taste can be very varied. My son also studies biology and was very impressed with your cake!

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