Friday, December 10, 2010

Science Cookie Roundup #8

Time for the long overdue Not So Humble Pie Science Cookie Roundup #8! I'm sorting through the blog's bloated email account this morning and I realize we have a great many submissions for this roundup. So let's get down to it!

Laura of Food Love Happiness sent me this amazing batch of science cookies.

"My fiance is defending his Master's of Neuroscience thesis today (as we speak!) and I made these cookies for the celebration afterwards. He also just started Medical School."

"The cookies are shortbread with royal icing and the designs were drawn on with Food Writer markers. I made lab coats, scrubs, neurons, brains and bandaids (some neuroscience themed and some med-school themed)."
Got to love those food-coloring markers,they're wonderful. I haven't posted any cookies using them yet, but I have lots of fun with them in my kitchen. They are wonderful (and simple) for drawing on and writing on cookies, icing and other edibles.

"We love your Science Cookie Roundups so much. I'm not a science person, so he usually has to explain to me what some of the designs mean :)"

Diana of Girl Dog Oven sent me these clever Valium cookies.

"I made these for my Pharmacology final exam! I needed something to help us get through these stressful and anxiety-ridden times."

Link to her full post can be found here, at Girl Dog Oven

The Mad Hausfrau sent me a link to these treats on her blog, Diary of a Mad Hausfrau.

A pound of flesh anyone?

A weight loss diet that reduces fat? Impossible!
Inspired by a web advertisement promising to "melt away belly fat", she rendered their charming fat/cellulite diagram into something edible, mildly disturbing and more than likely to increase belly fat if not consumed in moderation.

Woah! Fleshy!

For a recipe and more photos, see her post here at Diary of a Mad Hausfrau.

Proving that model organisms are irresistably delicious to lovers of science, Jessica sent me these adorable Drosophila cake pops.

"These fruit fly cake pops are a variation of Bakerella's bee cake pops. I used peanut butter melts to change the color and Red Hots for the eyes. I'm a Biochemistry major at Azusa Pacific University in my junior year, which means I'm taking Genetics. All we do in Genetics lab is breed fruit flies, so for the Science Department Christmas party I made Drosophila melanogaster cake pops! I even varied the banding pattern to reflect fly gender! Who knew fruit flies could be cute and delicious?"

These wildtype cake pops are the second to make it onto the blog, anyone remember the molecule cake pops from roundup #5? More cake pops!

Timothy sent me a couple photos of the science themed treats at a mad scientist themed 21st birthday.

Nothing quite like hydrocarbon chain molelcules modeled in... muffins? Fairy cakes? Puddings? Wish I knew the flavors, Timothy. This is important scientific knowledge!

Here we have hexanol and below, a atom modeled by a pudding. Which makes me laugh whenever I see the card.

Given my previous state of absentee-pregnant-blogger, DPLK of De Baking Psychopath causeously sent me these conjoined twin cookies.

"I hope this does not come across as too inappropriate to you at this point in time, I wanted to send you a couple of links to my blog that features my new prized possession: a conjoined twin cookie cutter. I picked up this gem at the gift shop at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia."

Not inappropriate at all, I love the cutter, it is very clever. For the record, I'm not carrying twins, conjoined or otherwise. Just a single bun in this oven.

For more photos and a recipe for her gingerbread, see her blog at De Baking Psychopath.

For more information on the cookie cutter, you can also see her post here.

Samantha sent me a batch of radioative cupcakes!

"I made [the cupcakes] for my brother's 9th birthday last month. They are white cake colored orange, topped with buttercream. Bubbly texture created with a round tip twirled back on top of itself. The symbols on top were created with white chocolate (colored with Wilton gel color) piped onto parchment paper placed on top of a print out with some default shapes from Photoshop, then placed in the freezer to quickly set them."

You're a much better sister than I am. My brothers tend to remind me around the holidays how when I was young, I would tie them up with duct tape. In my defense, when mobile, they were very pesky.

Our first science cake this round up is sent in from Kat, a 19 student and food blogger from New Zealand.
"I had my last exam of the year - for Psychology: Brain and Behaviour! And I made my friends this synaptic transmission cake... I was wondering if, maybe it could be counted in your next Science Baking round up? I'm doing my PSYC as a Science degree, so it totally DOES count! :)"
"It's just a cheap packet cake (poor student!) with a little extra butter, vanilla and hot chocolate added to try make it less chemical-y... Then the "frosting" is, in fact white chocolate... So that it would go hard and I could cover the whole cake in cling film when I took it to my Exam without destroying the design (like would have happened with buttercream) and again with the budget thing... The dendrites, terminal bouton, vesicles and transporter of my neuron as well as the words are for supermarket gel pens... The neurotransmitter are 100's and 1000's (I've decided that it's a serotonin cake, 'cause all the insulin for the sugar will assist with tryptophan crossing the BBB) And the soma, axon hillock and myelin sheath are all gummy lollies... :)"

For more of Kat's food for students, by students, see her blog Study Food.

Jessica, a biochem student, sent me several batches of her science themed cookies for this roundup.

"I made the periodic table cookies with my Cell Biology lab partner last year for a Bio and Chem departmental BBQ and they were a huge hit! Even the Biology faculty were impressed. This year I'm not taking Chemistry so I wanted to do something a little different (and less exhausting!)."
It IS exhausting! I got through about 25 elements and then I started ranting on about how there were "too many" and that those folks with the accelerators needed to STOP making more of them. It was a low moment, but lucky only Mr. Humble was there to witness my frosting coated rage.

"I am taking Genetics so I made a human female karyotype out of sugar cookies. I don't know when your next science cookie round up is but you're welcome to include them. I didn't have a small enough frosting tip to make the numbers very clear but the Cell Bio and Genetics professors recognized the karyotype right off. The Chem professors were a little confused. Hehe."

Marie of Frk. OverBalle (English) sent me some more chemistry inspired cookies! With edible glitter goodness!

I still consider edible glitter one of the most unnerving things in my pantry, but I do love seeing more of it!

These cookies are inspired by Marie's current synthesis course.

"Purple chromium(III)chloride, waterfree, and yellow saline."

Janna of Try It You Might Like It sent me her skeleton gingerbread men:

"I'm sending this photo of my skeleton gingerbread cookies for your next roundup. While they aren't anatomically correct I was really happy with the way they turned out."
The cookies are adorable and of course, 100% anotomical or scientific accuracy isn't a prerequisite to make it into a round up, after all my cookies probably wouldn't make the cut either. As I tell the nay-sayers, there is only so much you do with icing.

For more photos and info on the skeleton gingerbread men, see Janna's blog post at Try it You Might Like It.

Sylvia of Sephie's Kitchen sent me this fantastic nuclear themed cake with designs made from colored chocolate and candy wafers.

'I wanted to share a cake I made this last week for a good friend of mine. He's a nuclear engineer :) So I piped a picture of a nuclear power plant for the top, and a bunch of atoms and radioactive symbols for the sides."

For more photos of the cake and how it was designed and made, see the cake's blog post at Sephie's Kitchen.

Brent sent me these yummy cell division donuts, something that I could really, really go for right now.

I've been enjoying your monthly roundups, and this time I have something to contribute:
Inspired by a painting I bought from Artologica, some friends made me these excellent cell-division donuts for my birthday.


Mary of Mary Mary Culinary sent me these adorable Escher inspired cookies.

"For our recent [Daring Bakers] sugar cookie challenge, I made Escher inspired salamanders that tessellate to cover a plane. I used a template to cut them by hand, and only had to do a minor bit of trimming to make them fit. My plan was to use them as inspiration in a math lesson, but we ate them all first. Hope you like them!"

For more photos of the cookies, check out Mary's blog post at Mary Mary Culinary.

Thank to everyone for all the wonderful submissions these past few months!

If you would like to be in the next round up, email your science or mad-science themed baking goodies to Be sure it includes "Science Cookie Roundup" in the subject line so I don't miss you!


  1. Yay!! I love the Science Cookie Roundup! :o)

  2. Love it. The valium cookies are killing me and the co joined gingerbread twins are so nutty. Thanks so much for including me.

  3. Science Cookie Roundups totally make my day.

  4. these are just so creative & imaginative!

    i love them:
    drosophila cake pop!
    glittered beakers!
    nuclear power plant cake!

    thanks for the links to all the sites…&…

    ms.h…you "seem lively…virtually!" so hope that means you are feeling better!

  5. AWESOME. I recently made the electrophoresis cookies for my lab meeting, and they were well received!

  6. I can't believe it's been a whole year since the cookie periodic table ... My life is sort of divided into pre-science-cookie and post-science-cookie epochs with the former period being a time of darkness and miser and latter a time of great joy ....

  7. Amazing stuff, as always!! I can't even choose! I really liked the Drosophilas picture though, as there are so many of them in one photo that at first I thougth it was one giant something haha

  8. As Tim's proud older brother, I can inform you that the molecule models are made of muffins. The carbon atoms are apple and sultana, and the hydrogens are banana chocolate chip. Sadly I did not get to eat any of them. )-:

  9. so neat. People are so creative and as my high school science teacher always said, "science is yummy."

  10. thanks for including my nuclear plant cake! it totally made my day! and i'm completely in love with the conjoined gingerbread men.. i gotta get myself a set of those cutters!!

    and welcome back ms humble.. you have been missed!

  11. Thanks for including my salamanders in another great science cookie round-up. And welcome back!

  12. With inspiration form previous round-ups, I made lab-coated gingerbread men for my Tri Beta (bio honors society) bake sale this semester. I gave some lab goggles and some stethoscopes, they were a huge hit and completely sold out!

  13. Welcome back! You're my favorite food blog.

  14. The science theme is clearly one that everyone enjoyed and went a bit wild with. Love the pound of flesh layer cake and please don't tell me there's a brain on one of those cookies -that's just inspired!

  15. You are so clever! All your cookies are so unique! I love them so much^^

    I will follow you, Ms. Humble!

  16. Thanks for including me! I love the science cookie roundup... this has made my day!

  17. Very cool. Are you going to do a post that features your top 10 submissions?

    I just came over from Alicia's blog and saw your blood cell cookies featured there: :)

  18. Wow these are great and exceptionally gruesome! Great to see someone else making geeky cakes- here are some of mine x

  19. for the fruit fly cake pops what did you use as wings?

  20. These are the most bad ass cookies I have ever seen! I am a dorky future science teacher...Anyways, love your blog and pinned you on my pinterest!


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