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3D Animal Cell Cakes

Updated on August 24, 2015
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How to Make an Edible Animal Cell Model

3D cell modelsespecially edible ones! — are a fun, easy way to learn about animal cells.

Not sure where to begin with your edible animal cell project? This guide has you covered from mitochondria to lysosomes!

Here you'll find step-by-step instructions for baking a delicious, scientifically accurate animal cell cake, as well as a variety of creative animal cell cake pictures and how-to videos to help you out along the way.

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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

What materials will you use to make your animal cell model?

To make this animal cell cake, you will need a handful of affordable edible and non-edible supplies. These are the materials I used to create the cake pictured here but feel free to switch up the candy to fit your budget.

CAKE SUPPLIES
ORGANELLE SUPPLIES
Round Cake Pan
Dots
Cooking Spray
Mike & Ikes
Mixing Bowls
Candy Belts
Spatula
Circular Sprinkles
Oven Mitts
Candy Fruit Slices
Funfetti Cake Mix
 
Vegetable Oil
 
Eggs
 
Frosting
 
Food Coloring
 
MONEY-SAVING TIP: 99% of these materials -- including the cake mix, frosting, food coloring, vegetable oil and candy -- can be bought at most dollar stores.

What about the nucleus?

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 atop your animal cell cake!

Step 2: Bake Your Animal Cell Cake

Following these instructions will ensure an A+ animal cell project

If you're baking with Pillsbury's Funfetti cake mix like I did, you'll need to blend the cake mix with three eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil and one cup of water.

Once your cake batter is smooth, add a few drops of food coloring to mimic the pink color of many animal cells' cytoplasm. When your cake batter is an even color, pour it into your square cake pan and place the pan in the oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into the middle of your cake.

Famemaster 4D-Science Animal Cell Anatomy Model
Famemaster 4D-Science Animal Cell Anatomy Model

This six-inch animal cell model comes with 26 detachable parts that make reviewing cell structure easy. The plastic model also comes with an illustrated assembly guide.

 
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Step 3: Frost Your Cake

To ensure that 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, represented by the TOP of your cake. The second color will be used to create the cell membrane, represented by the SIDES of your cake.

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

Lots of supplies can be used to frost your animal cell cake but if you want to give your project a smooth, professional look, I recommend using an actual frosting palette knife. They typically cost about $6 and are incredibly useful in the kitchen. Not interested in purchasing a frosting knife? Try using the smooth edge of a butter knife, the back of a large spoon or a small spatula.

Learning Resources Cross-Section Animal Cell Model
Learning Resources Cross-Section Animal Cell Model

Learning the parts of the cell has never been easier than with this cross-section animal cell model. One half of the model is labeled with each organelle's name while the other half is labeled only with letters.

 
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Step 4: Add Your Organelles

Organelles are the "mini organs" found inside every animal cell. Each organelle has a different function and physical appearance, and together they work to keep the cell alive. Here's a breakdown of the specific organelles found in animal cells and the edible materials I used to represent them:

Animal Cell Organelles:

  1. Cell Membrane - purple frosting
  2. Cytoplasm - pink frosting
  3. Nucleus - green-frosted cupcake (the purple Mike & Ike adds authenticity by representing the nucleolus)
  4. Golgi Apparatus - green sugar-coated candy belts
  5. Endoplasmic Reticulum - pink sugar-coated candy belts attached to the nucleus
  6. Ribosomes - circular sprinkles
  7. Mitochondria - purple candy fruit slices
  8. Vacuoles - green Dots
  9. Lysosomes - blue Mike & Ikes

Have You Baked a Delicious Animal Cell Cake?

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      KittyKat 2 months ago

      i did this thx for the idea

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      Kaitlynn Hernandez 3 months ago

      Wow thanks for the amazing cake demonstration!

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      Kayleigh Holland 3 months ago

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

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      destiny 22 months ago

      love it can I do the same

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      Amaraca 2 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 2 years ago

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

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      alexis 2 years ago

      awesome im doing this for my science fair project

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      Happy 2 years ago

      Trying it with my son for his project right now

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      Jaydaguyton 2 years ago

      I need help on my project

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      diamond 2 years ago

      Very cool

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      jana-kilye 3 years ago

      Amazing

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      jana-kilye 3 years ago

      It was amaing

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      catswagger123 3 years ago

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

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      OUTFOXprevention1 3 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 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 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 4 years ago

      dis cake #semmslegit ^_^

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 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 4 years ago

      @anonymous: me to!

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      anonymous 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

      awww thats pretty":)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good idea

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      anonymous 4 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 4 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 5 years ago

      wow!! all of these cake cells look amazing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cool cake

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      anonymous 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      wdrape 5 years ago

      Yummy looking cakes! Who knew bio was so tasty!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

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

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      wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      This is awesome! Love it.

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      dbametrix lm 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

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

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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      SandyPeaks 5 years ago

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