How to Make an Animal Cell Cake

Updated on December 3, 2018
A scrumptious, scientifically accurate animal cell cake!
A scrumptious, scientifically accurate animal cell cake! | Source

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!

1. Gather your supplies.
1. Gather your supplies. | Source

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

2. Bake the cake.
2. Bake the cake. | Source

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!

3. Frost the cake.
3. Frost the cake. | Source

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.

4. Add the organelles.
4. Add the organelles. | Source

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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        aliera 

        7 days ago

        using this for my animal cell project thanks so much it was so helpful and i think i might get really good marks

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        Leah 

        3 months ago

        Ya bob your being rude they tried their best on this! I used it for my 6th grade projecr thanks so much for this!

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        Susan 

        3 months ago

        Bob I do not like your comment

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        4 months ago

        I definitely needed this for my 6th grade project. I don't know what I would have done without this information! Thanks

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        Thanks 

        5 months ago

        Thx a lot this helped a lot the graph was also a big help once again i want to thank you!!

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        Dee 

        5 months ago

        Thxxx this helped me with my 5th grade science project

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        Thanks!! 

        6 months ago

        Thank you!! I needed to make an animal cell model for my 7th grade project. This got me a 110!! thank you

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        Abby swan 

        7 months ago

        going to try this for school project......

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        R-hog 

        7 months ago

        grade 8 project done now dankie

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        Abby 

        7 months ago

        going to do it for a school grade

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        vector 

        7 months ago

        srry mom wouldnt let me do the cake.

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        Vector 

        7 months ago

        Thanks for the steps im doing a 7th grade science proj.

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        emily 

        8 months ago

        pretty cool

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        9 months ago

        Thx I needed it for my 7th science class thx again.

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        Skull 

        9 months ago

        I'm going to try it out for my science class thx

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        sutter 

        9 months ago

        thx this helped me with my last minute cell project

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        zoe 

        9 months ago

        i am doing it atm!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        i danno if i want 2 do this!!!!

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        Hi 

        9 months ago

        Hi I need to do this for my class I really hope it work

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        im cool 

        10 months ago

        hey my names is good boy hahahaha good advice btw

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        deaisha from westridge 

        10 months ago

        that truned out really good and we are eating eat now thanks so much

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        deaisha from westridge 

        10 months ago

        i need this for . class

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        unknown 

        10 months ago

        cool

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        NALLELY 

        11 months ago

        THIS IS SUPER HELPFUL THANK YOU

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        Jailisa 

        11 months ago

        im also doing this for a 7th grade project

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        justin 

        11 months ago

        I also need this for my 7th grade project

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        Cheyenne 

        11 months ago

        thank you, I needed this for my 7th grade project and its an 80% grade, I would and will recommend this to next years 7th grade.

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        zachary 

        11 months ago

        thank you, I needed this for my 7th grade project and its an 80% grade, I would and will recomend this to next years 7th grade.

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        riyt49eytei 

        11 months ago

        thank you now I can do this:)

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        demelza 

        12 months ago

        eggcelent I am pretty sure ill make this for my project great work well done keep it up

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        Unknown 

        15 months ago

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

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        Thankful person 

        17 months ago

        Thanks I really needed this to man

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        aasdas 

        17 months ago

        thanks im doing it right now and im in 6 grade

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        asdfjkl; 

        20 months ago

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

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        ffsfrege 

        21 months ago

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

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        KittyKat 

        2 years ago

        i did this thx for the idea

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        Kaitlynn Hernandez 

        2 years ago

        Wow thanks for the amazing cake demonstration!

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        Kayleigh Holland 

        2 years ago

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

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        destiny 

        3 years ago

        love it can I do the same

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        Amaraca 

        4 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 

        4 years ago

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

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        alexis 

        4 years ago

        awesome im doing this for my science fair project

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        Happy 

        4 years ago

        Trying it with my son for his project right now

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        Jaydaguyton 

        4 years ago

        I need help on my project

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        diamond 

        4 years ago

        Very cool

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        jana-kilye 

        5 years ago

        Amazing

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        jana-kilye 

        5 years ago

        It was amaing

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        catswagger123 

        5 years ago

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

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        OUTFOXprevention1 

        5 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        hey,

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

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        6 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 

        6 years ago

        dis cake #semmslegit ^_^

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        6 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 

        6 years ago

        @anonymous: me to!

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        anonymous 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 years ago

        awww thats pretty":)

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        good idea

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        anonymous 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        7 years ago

        Yeah I am doing it for my science homework

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        travelerme 

        7 years ago

        You like making cake lenses.

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        wow!! all of these cake cells look amazing!

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        cool cake

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        anonymous 

        7 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 

        7 years ago

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

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        Shannon 

        7 years ago from Florida

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

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        wdrape 

        7 years ago

        Yummy looking cakes! Who knew bio was so tasty!

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        JoshK47 

        7 years ago

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

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        wildsimplicity 

        7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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        Jeanette 

        7 years ago from Australia

        This is awesome! Love it.

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        dbametrix lm 

        7 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

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

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        LaurenIM 

        7 years ago

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

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        anilsaini 

        7 years ago

        nice lens

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        wildsimplicity 

        7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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        SandyPeaks 

        7 years ago

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

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