plant cell cake

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by mountain girl  |  8 Comments »

Caleb had an assignment for science class to make a 3-D model of a cell.  He chose a plant cell, and we all thought a cake would be an interesting (and yummy) rendition.

We found a recipe for a dense yellow cake and a basic vanilla frosting.  We cut a third off the finished 9″x13″ cake and set it on top to make a cutaway square.

He ended up making three batches of frosting and coloring them a few different shades to show the different parts of the cell.  The peppermint makes up the nucleolus, and the brown frosting around it is the nucleus.  Skittles became chloroplast, and so on.

He labeled each part and typed up a page of definitions and an explanation of how proteins are made.  He did an awesome job on the whole project, blew his teacher away, and got 120 out of 125 points.  Best of all, of course, he gets to eat a whole cake at school with his friends.

Zia was a little disappointed it would be devoured without her, but we sliced off a little bit of plain cake for her and Caleb gave her more than her share of frosting-covered spoons, bowls, and beaters.  Big brothers are good like that.

8 Responses to “plant cell cake”

  1. Lisa Coffee says on :

    he’s a lucky boy to have a stepmom like you. (stepmom? is that what you guys call your role?)

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Yes, that’s what he calls me. It seems stepmothers are supposed to be terribly mean and wicked, so there is a bit of confusion when small friends come to visit. They leave with a whole new understanding of stepmother-hood. 🙂

  3. Melissa says on :

    How cool! I have had the “step monster” and the cool stepmother. I call her my Smom because I really don’t think of her as a stepmom but rather my other mother…even though I was an adult when she entered my life.

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Well, I would definitely rather be Smom than Step Monster! Glad you had a sweet “step” to counteract the nasty one. 🙂

  5. mom & dad says on :

    hi honeeeee………..we LOVE the pics/and the “cake” looks wonderful 🙂 lil Cash is getting soooo big; i couldn’t believe the “conversation” he had with hi pompon on the phone 🙂 he’ll be asking for cookies real soon 🙂 Zia and K-bob look wonderful – getting sooo big:) luv u guys/mom

  6. GRANNY says on :

    WHAT AN AWESOME PROJECT.THANKS FOR BEING WHO U ARE MIA.CALEB ONCE TOLD ME THE ONLY 2 PEOPLE HE KNEW THAT DIDNT HAVE A MEAN BONE IN THEIR BODY WAS HIS GRAMPS AND MIA. SO THAT SOUNDS TO ME THAT U, MIA ARE A SUPERMOM. GOOD JOB ON YOUR PROJECT MIJO. CASH LOOKS LIKE A VERY HAPPY HEALTHY BABY.

  7. GRANNY says on :

    Great job Caleb!!!!!!! love u guy grampity

  8. Mimi says on :

    Now that’s a science project !! Very creative ! Beats making crystals. lol !

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