Introduction: Periodic Table Cake

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A quick and easy guide to making a quick and easy periodic table cake.

Just for info.....

I'm a chemistry teacher in the UK and wanted some way to say "bye" to my A-Level classes at the end of the year.

Step 1: You Will Need....

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Battenberg cake (1 sliced thin for elements up to Kr, 2 or 3 for a more complete table and 4 or 5 for the Lanthanides and Actinides)

Coloured Icing (Available from most supermarkets - 3 colours ideally)

Sharp knife

Periodic table (for reference)

Step 2: Slice Up the Battenburg Cake

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It is best to work out the size of the cake (and number of elements) you want at the beginning and cut the cake slices accordingly.

Step 3: Roughly Arrange the Pieces

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Assemble the cake in a rough shape of the periodic table. (space permitting)

Step 4: Icing the Elements

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This is the most time consuming step (and most difficult)

Using the periodic table as a reference, carefully ice the elements onto the squares of the Battenburg cake. (it is worth practicing a couple first on any spare pieces)

Step 5: Assemble Then Eat

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Once you have completed the icing, tidy up the arrangement and you are done. :-)

A large Tupperware container can be used to transport if needed.

PS - Not exactly a work of art, but you get the idea :-D

Comments

This is such an awesome thing to do for your students! I bet they loved it!

azharbass (author)2014-06-15

I give you a thumbs up just because... :D

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