One day I was searching the internet for science project ideas for this year, and I came across this awesome plant cell cake at Ms. Helm’s Science Class. (There is also a pretty cool animal cell cake, but I don’t have the right pan for it, so I decided to stick with the plant cell).
Hmmm…. A delicious science project? Yes, I think I’ll choose that one. Besides, it eliminates the problem of what to do with the model when its completed. This time the kids did not complain at all when I suggested taking a picture and disposing of the project. In fact, they were begging me to dispose of it.
Our cake isn’t quite as lovely as the one above, but I thought I’d take you through the process we used to make ours.
First (of course) we baked the cake. We chose chocolate because it is our favorite and just used a box mix. While the cake was in the oven, I made a batch of buttercream icing. (The recipe is here: Buttercream Icing)
I added a tiny bit of coloring to each cup with a toothpick ( a little goes a long way) and let my boys stir them together. My 3-year-old loved this part. He felt so big being able to help.
Then, we proceeded to decorate:
Voila! A plant cell cake! Not quite as beautiful as the model I copied, but it still gave my boys an idea of the parts of a plant cell, and it was pretty yummy, too.