Saturday, February 19, 2011

An Edible Animal Cell Model

My friend's son had an assignment for school where he was required to make a 3d animal cell model.  It had to have all of the cell parts, such as the Nucleus, Nuclear Membrane, Mitochondrion, Golgi Bodies, etc.  He was told that he could make the model out of anything as long as it wasn't something that could get smelly in a couple of days.  Since one of his favorite shows is "Cake Boss", he decided he wanted to make it out of Rice cereal and fondant.  He came over tonight so that I could teach him how to work with fondant.  It was a lot of fun!  After showing him what to do, it was fun watching him create his animal cell.  I think it turned out great!  His work was phenomenal.  What do you think?


shannon i olson said...

I just found your site, and love it!!! New, very new to cake decorating...I am so inspired and will be making that yummy kit kat m$m cake first...cuz it's easier on the decorating and I know will win me big points with my family. yum!

MountainBlessings said...

I an your new follower! Your cakes are stunning! I wished you lived closer. I am a minister/wedding officiant and I would love to recommend you for wedding cakes! Absolutely beautiful! blessings, Marla

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Now that's a fantastic way to win a science fair!!! It's my first time here...thanks so much for the inspiration! I'll be back soon for sure.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Anonymous said...

As a biologist I wish someone made this kind of cake for my birthday. I imagine myself saying "Oh, there's a mitochondrion in my slice!" It would be so much fun :)

C. Quen said...

I also just found your site and am loving it already. Cute science project. Bet that student will become a great food scientist one day.

cdmcake said...

At first glance, I thought this cake was an eyeball! But then I realized the timing was wrong for Halloween. Very clever and great details. My daughter is studying cells -- maybe she could identify all the parts.

Anonymous said...

I love this! I am doing this for a project soon, and I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me. First of all, how did you get the cake to be that shape? and secondly what ingredients did you use?

Lynette said...

Hi Jenny!
Would you believe that it is just one GIANT rice krispie treat? It was made with rice cereal, marshmallows, and butter. You can find a good recipe online for rice krispie treats. For the shape, I have a round soccer ball pan that I used. I bet you could make it with a round bowl. Then we frosted it, and covered with fondant. It was really easy and fun. Let me know if you have any other questions!
Crazy About Cakes

Anonymous said...

The Edible Animal Cell Model is GREAT!!! My son is going to attempt to make this for his 5th grade cell project.
We have never worked with fondant and I have a few questions I was hoping you could answer. Would you recommend buying white fondant and then coloring each bit as needed? I have seen fondant available in a variety of patterns and colors at places like Hobby Lobby. We are trying to keep cost down and are hoping the food coloring will be possible. Would one brand of food coloring be better than another for this project? Do you need to let fondant warm up to help it mold better around the individual pieces? How did you get the overall shine on the project?

Thank you again for answering my questions and helping my son get an "A" on his project!