Step 2: Creating the Cell Cross Section

1) Making the Chloroplast - Using the pale green fondant, make 3 flat ovals about 1/8" thick. Make 1 oval about 1/3 bigger than the others. Next, roll the pale green fondant into a 1/4" wide by 1/8" thick strip and standing on edge, wrap around the ovals securing with water to the edges of the ovals. Leave to dry a bit before attempting to place them as they will likely fall apart before making it to the cake. Once set up and using the diagram as a guide, place them onto the cake where the Chloroplast are located.

Using the Dark Green fondant, create the Chloroplast innards. I just made little barrel shapes about 1/4" tall and used the back edge of the knife to score the ridges onto the sides. You'll need 28 of these. 8 for each of the smaller ovals and 12 for the larger oval. I used a thin snake of the dark green fondant to connect them. Just roll out a thin snake and adhere with water to the oval. Then adhere the "barrels" on top of the snake. Again, using the diagram as a guide for placement. Your Chloroplasts are now complete.

2) Making the Central Vacuole and Tonoplast - Using White fondant, roll out to 1/8" thickness and using the diagram as a guide, cut to shape. Roll the white fondant into a 1/4" wide by 1/8" thick strip and standing on edge, wrap around the Vacuole securing with water to the edge. Again, leave to set up before placing with the help of the diagram. Once in place, you can create the Tonoplast by filling the Vacuole with a thin layer of the Corn Syrup. I filled mine after I finished the entire cross section. Your Central Vacuole is now complete.

3) Making the Peroxisome - Using a bit of the Pale Blue Fondant, make a flat circle about 1" in diameter. Take a small bit of the yellow fondant and make into a 1/2'" ball & adhere to center of pale blue circle with a bit of water. Using diagram as guide, set in place. Your Peroxisome is now complete.

4) Making the Mitochondrion - Using the Orange fondant, make a flat oval about 1/8" thick. Next, roll the orange fondant into a 1/4" wide by 1/8" thick strip and standing on edge, wrap around the oval securing with water to the edge of the oval. Again, leave to set up before placing with the help of the diagram. Using the brush and a bit of water, paint a thin layer of water over the oval's surface. It will become tacky while performing the next step, that is a good thing. If necessary, roll the orange fondant into another 1/4" wide by 1/8" thick strip and standing on edge, arrange in a snake like pattern inside the Mitochondrion. The tack created by brushing the surface will adhere it to the oval. If it has dried, re-brush the oval or just brush the edge of the strip. Once in place, your Mitochondrion is complete.

5) Making the Golgi Apparatus - Using the Pink fondant, roll into a 1/4" wide by 1/8" thick strip and standing on edge, place on cake (again, using the diagram as a guide for placement) in a snaking pattern while very gently pressing it down into the buttercream to adhere. Make a small ring (use a dab of water to join the ends) from the strip and place onto the cake. Your Golgi Apparatus is now complete.

6) Making the Nucleus - Roll the Purple Fondant into a ball just a bit smaller than a baseball. Using the knife, cut a 1/4 wedge out of the ball to create the Chromatin. Smooth away any cut marks with your finger.

Using the dark purple fondant, make a small flat disc, gently fold in half to make a crease (do not mash the halves together!), open back up and adhere to the center of the Nucleus with a bit of water so that half is going up a cut side and half is laying on the opposite cut side. You've just created the Nucleolus.

Using pale pink fondant, make several small discs and adhere to the Nuclear Envelope (the outside of the Nucleus) with water. Using the end of the paintbrush handle, make indents in the centers of each disc. Make several tiny snakes of pale pink fondant and create the cross sections along the cut sides of the Chromatin adhering with water. Allow a bit of each to hang over the edge. Use the paintbrush handle to work the overhang into a circle and indent the edge. Using the Dark Purple buttercream, pipe the veins onto the surface of Chromatin starting at the Nucleolus and working out toward the edge.

Using the light brown buttercream, pipe tiny dots all over the exposed areas of the Nuclear Envelope (the outside of the Nucleus). Your Nucleus is now complete.

7) Making the Rough & Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum - Take a bit of the Dark Blue fondant and mix with a smaller sized piece of white fondant. Once mixed, roll into a thin snake about 1/8" in diameter. Cut off 2 pieces about 2 1/2" long and (using the diagram as a guide) place the ends into the buttercream creating an upside-down "U" shape and leaving it stand up off of the cake. Using another piece about 4-5" long, repeat as with the smaller pieces. Your Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum are now complete.

Using the Dark Blue fondant, roll into a 1/4" wide by 1/8" thick strip and standing on edge, place on cake (again, using the diagram as a guide for placement) in a snaking pattern while very gently pressing it down into the buttercream to adhere. Using the light brown buttercream, pipe small dots all over the exposed sides and top to create the Ribosomes. Your Rough & Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum are now complete.

8) Making the Centrosome - Using the Yellow fondant, make a flat circle about 1" in diameter and place on cake (again, using the diagram as a guide for placement). Next, make very thin snakes with the yellow fondant each about 1" long (you will need about 16 of them). Evenly space them around your Centrosome in groups of 2 with the edges flush against the Centrosome itself. Your Centrosome is now complete.

9) Making the Cytoskeleton - Make very thin snakes of Purple, Yellow & Orange fondant. Using diagram as a guide, place purple snakes for the Intermediate Filaments, Yellow snakes for the Microtubules & Orange snakes for the Microfilaments.

Using the brown buttercream, pipe tiny dots in groups of 2 & 3 onto the exposed Cytoskeleton (the white buttercream) to create Ribosomes. Your Cytoskeleton is now complete.

Congratulations! You have just made an edible replica of a plant cell.
<p>This is sooo helpful as i am doing one of these for my science class at the moment!</p><p>Thanks heaps</p>
This is fantastic! As a big bio geek, I'm suitably impressed. Beautiful job!
Thanks so much, canida : )
can you email me directly I have to help my daughter make this for next week on the 30th. thank so much
I don't know today in my biology class we were talking about plant cells and this looks nothing like what I saw, Good Try Though!
There are billions of different plants and types of plant cells. If what you saw was a real plant cell, than just know that most models look VERY similar to this cake. You might not have enough experience with cells to know what one does and does not look like.
<p>Yeah, I agree. Best one I have seen yet, awesome skill with the icing, and so much detail. Great representation of a real plant cell.</p>
<font color="red"><font size="400"><i><b>gonna use this for the upcoming project!</b></i></font></font>
not trying to be rude but thats plagerizing <br>
<p>My foot it's plagiarizing!</p><p>The whole point of Instructables is to give people inspiration, ideas and things to make. The author wants people to make their things, otherwise they wouldn't put them on. Do you think it's just so you can show off your ideas? Because you're wrong if you do. It's clear you haven't been using this site for very long, and I think you should do a little more research before saying things like that again, because it only makes you look like a fool. </p>
<p>That's quite cool! Very clever icing. </p><p>I happen to be doing this at the moment for school, and this is very helpful.</p><p>How long did it take to make?</p>
<p>can I use the pictures and the cake idea for my science class ? So much more interesting than books !!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p><p>kassnwaset@hotmail.com</p>
I would have liked some pictures but very detailed wording
How much cake mix and fondant?
Really Cool :) I have a couple questions. <br>1. how long wil this last <br>2. how long did it take
Gonna so use this for project on the 20th
Nice! I should've done this for my plant cell project a few years ago.<br>Mine was a model where LEDs would light up the different parts of the cell when you pushed a button.
That is totally cool. I thought of if it was a fully encased cell and you had to dissect the cell to see the parts. It would get students more involved.
I also had to make a 3D cell model in middle school. I made mine from wax (a paraffin base with melted crayons for all of the parts). This is lovely, but I think you should have made your son do it himself!
Send your pic to Ms. Humble at www.notsohumblepie.com. She is a science girl turned baker and would love to see this! Check out her science cookie round-up montages. Your cake is AWESOME!
<strong>oh that is so cool I have to do this for my science class too. this is great thanks!</strong>
awesome I'll be able to do this for my project on edible cells
thats what i'm doing too it'll be fun but on a diet ha ha ha ha
cake mods huh! interssting par main diet ch hegi and cake cahn da jee nahin karda but the cake cell sounds kinda kool!=}<br/>
is it is easy do with fondant
Wow. I am in love with this, and when I showed it to my hubby he exclaimed "That is so f***in cool!" So kudos. We will be using this cake model for our son for his birthday. Learning is suposed to be fun.
I helped my daughter do this for her cell project. It turned out pretty well, but yours was a lot better. I just want to thank you for providing us with a great idea. My daughter and I really appreciate. It was a great experience and I learned a lot.
Fantastic job on the plant cell cake, we were researching this because we too have to make a 3D plant cell model...we thought about a cake and saw yours...I think we would have went this route, but we need to spread it out over 2-3 days so we opted for the air dry clay and then to paint it...your cake did inspire us though...great job....A+ in my book.
I am new to this but this is so awesome are you a cake decorator i don't know how to use this fondant icing and i am afraid that i and my daughter might make a mess of what you did so very well got any tips on pulling it off be that you are a pro
nice,but at first it look like a bathroom,sorry :/ but great job,it looks realistic
This has got to be THE best cell I've ever seen. Well I havent actually seen one this pretty and edible but it's the best by far! Thanks for sharing this great idea. We're going to make one too. :)
As a total biology geek, I love this way too much! I am blown away. If any of my kids ever need this kind of thing, I'll have you to thank for the idea!! KUDOS!
Thanks, Treelan!
WOW! I don't know much about cake, but that thing looks beautiful, +1
Thank you, Pancakeslayer!
That is an awesome looking cake!
Thank you, Sunbanks! The picture in your avatar is gorgeous!
Did you get to have any of the cake? Thank you!
Sadly no. My boys woofed in the scraps and his class polished off the whole cake. I got an A+ from the teacher though. I'll take the "A" over the calories any day! :)
It looks like it would taste pretty good. :)
I wish you would have posted this around three weeks ago, because I just had a cell project and this would have helped me a lot. Good job though.
superb in all respects. I have never seen an educational cake before.
Thank you. I actually learned alot while making this.
Well - good to hear that at least the <em>parents</em> are getting something out of the science class! ;-)<br/>
I should have done a cake! Although, my spinach palisade leaf cell was pretty sweet... Hey! She never gave those back! Oh, well--At least I got my model DNA strand made from baling wire and plastic beads back...
Thanks, CameronSS! Your Spinach Palisade Leaf Cell sounds interesting. And nice to hear that your DNA strand was at least returned.
Wow - that's impressive!
Thank you, Patrik! I like your avatar!
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