How to Make an Animal Cell Cake

Updated on January 6, 2018
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How to Make an Edible Animal Cell Model

Three-dimensional models—especially edible ones—are a fun and easy way to learn about animal cells. Not sure how to begin this project? You'll find step-by-step instructions to bake a delicious, scientifically-accurate animal cell cake below. My guide has you covered from mitochondria to lysosomes, and following these instructions will ensure an A+ animal cell project!

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1. Gather Your Supplies

You'll need a handful of affordable supplies, both edible and non-edible. You can see the materials I used to make the cake below, but feel free to switch up the candy types to fit your budget and taste.

  • Round cake pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • Oven mitts
  • Funfetti cake mix
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Dots
  • Mike & Ikes
  • Candy belts
  • Circular sprinkles
  • Candy fruit slices

Bake the cake.
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2: Bake the Cake

If you're using Pillsbury's Funfetti cake mix like I did, you'll need to combine the cake mix with the following ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Once your cake batter is smooth, add a few drops of food coloring to mimic the pink color of many animal cells' cytoplasms. When your cake batter is an even color, pour it into a square cake pan and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. You'll know it's ready if you poke a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean.

To create an edible nucleus without having to buy extra candy, simply set aside a spoonful of cake batter and use it to bake a small cupcake. The cupcake will fit perfectly on top of your animal cell cake!

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3. Frost the Cake

To make sure your animal cell cake is scientifically accurate, you'll need to dye your frosting two different colors. One color will be used to create the cytoplasm, which is represented by the top of the cake. The second color will be the cell membrane, represented by the sides of the cake.

Don't forget! If you chose to bake a nucleus cupcake, you'd also need to prepare a small amount of frosting dyed a third color.

You can use many tools to frost your animal cell cake, but I recommend using an actual frosting palette knife if you want a smooth, professional look. They cost about $6 and are incredibly useful in the kitchen. If you don't want to use one, try using the smooth edge of a butter knife, the back of a large spoon, or a small spatula.

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4. Add the Organelles

Organelles are the "mini organs" found in every animal cell. Each organelle has a different function and physical appearance. Together, they work to keep the cell alive. I've made a chart showing the breakdown of specific organelles and the edible materials I used to represent them below.

Organelle
Candy
Cell membrane
Purple frosting
Cytoplasm
Pink frosting
Nucleus
Cupcake with green frosting
Nucleolus
Purple Mike & Ike
Golgi apparatus
Green candy belts
Endoplasmic reticulum
Pink candy belts attached to the nucleus
Ribosomes
Circular sprinkles
Mitochondria
Purple candy-fruit slices
Vacuoles
Green Dots
Lysosomes
Blue Mike & Ikes

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      Unknown 5 days ago

      Thank you so much ^~^ I really needed this for my cell project

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      Thankful person 2 months ago

      Thanks I really needed this to man

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      aasdas 2 months ago

      thanks im doing it right now and im in 6 grade

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      asdfjkl; 5 months ago

      you just saved my grade thank you for this easy project im passing my grade

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      ffsfrege 5 months ago

      thank you so much for this you may have saved my grade

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      KittyKat 11 months ago

      i did this thx for the idea

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      Kaitlynn Hernandez 12 months ago

      Wow thanks for the amazing cake demonstration!

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      Kayleigh Holland 13 months ago

      Hey thank you so much for this... it really helped me with my Science Project.

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      destiny 2 years ago

      love it can I do the same

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      Amaraca 3 years ago

      It looks delicious!!! I think I can get an A+++++++++++++++++ on my assignment!!! Then comes the fun part...Eating it!!!

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      YOUR MOM 3 years ago

      too many people make cake cant yall do something @#$%^%$ else?

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      alexis 3 years ago

      awesome im doing this for my science fair project

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      Happy 3 years ago

      Trying it with my son for his project right now

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      Jaydaguyton 3 years ago

      I need help on my project

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      diamond 3 years ago

      Very cool

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      jana-kilye 4 years ago

      Amazing

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      jana-kilye 4 years ago

      It was amaing

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      catswagger123 4 years ago

      this will get me an A+ on my project!!!!!!!!!!:):):)

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      This was one of my favorite activities in school. We did it with jello though.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey,

      it was very helpful-lots of information...................

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such an awesome idea! Thanks for the step by step instructions & also for pinning it to Pinterest!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It looks cool butwhen i showed my science teacher this cake, she said it was not acceptable. She siad it looks like a picture on a piece of paper. It is not

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      dis cake #semmslegit ^_^

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      MY SCIENCE TEACHER SAID WE CANNOT USE THE SAME ITEM TWICE SO WE CANNOT USE THIS RECIPE

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was so helpful!!! I have a science project to make a 3d plant or animal cell and this is perfect! Thanx :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: me to!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have to make a animal cell 4 science I am just starting on it 2day it's due monday the 22nd of october better get started !!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For the Golgi Apparatus and Endoplasmic Reticulum which candy coated belt is which? is the one near the cupcake the Endoplasmic Reticulum or the Golgi Apparatus?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used this except for the lysosomes- they do't look like that- but besides that is is AMAZING

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awww thats pretty":)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good idea

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my 11 year old son had to make an Animal cell modal for his 5th grades cience and we chose to make a cake. he did a great job on it. and the class gets to eat it after she grades it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My son and I are planning on making animal cell cupcakes for his class. Its a class project and worth a test grade! He is excited about getting to eat a test! Lol. I will replete after he gets a grade and let you all know how it went!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yeah I am doing it for my science homework

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      travelerme 5 years ago

      You like making cake lenses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow!! all of these cake cells look amazing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      cool cake

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have to do this for science class wednesday . This helped so MUCH !! Thank you , I hope your website flourishes !!!! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      yeah im doing it right now but ill see how it turns out

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      I love activities like this!!! We used jell-o instead of a cake. Liked.

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      wdrape 6 years ago

      Yummy looking cakes! Who knew bio was so tasty!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I've never seen a cell that looks so tasty!

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      wildsimplicity 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @GonnaFly: Thank you for the blessings GonnaFly!:)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      This is awesome! Love it.

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      dbametrix lm 6 years ago

      What a beautiful images of 3-d yummy Cakes!! Excellent.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great project, earned a 'thumbs up' for the creativeness that it brought.

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      LaurenIM 6 years ago

      This is so awesome! I have to try this cake!

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      wildsimplicity 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @SandyPeaks: Thanks, SandyPeaks! It was a blast to bake. :)

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      I think this is the most unusual cake I've ever seen! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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