Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mad Scientist Cake


When we shared with you the Mad Scientist Party we put together in our last post, and mentioned the cake we had made, we thought that today we would share with you how we made it! As we mentioned before, we were inspired by this cake, but needed to make it bigger. Here's how we did it:

What you need:
  • 2 boxes cake mix (we use red velvet to make our cake extra icky-looking)
  • metal bowl
  • 9x13 cake pan
  • 2 cans vanilla frosting
  • food coloring
  • various candy
We took the first box of cake mix and made the batter according to the packages instructions. Then we sprayed the bowl with non-stick cooking spray, and scooped about 2 1/2 cups of batter into it (we made cupcakes with the leftover batter). We then baked it in the oven for about 55 minutes (you know it's done when a toothpick inserted in teh center comes out clean). Once it's finished backing, remove it form teh oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes before removing it form teh bowl. and letting it cool completely.
When it is completely cooled you are ready to frost! mix a few drops of food coloring into 1 can of your frosting (we used black food coloring to make our brain gray). We put our frosting into a zip-lock bag, cut off a corner, and squeezed our frosting onto our cake in s-shaped squiggles. Then ta-da! You've got a brain cake!If you'd like to have more cake to feed your guests, mix up that second batch of cake batter, pour it into your 9x13 pan, and bake it according to the instructions on the box. Once it is finished baking and had cooled completely, youc an mix up the second can of frosting with more food coloring (again we used gray). We then decoated the cake to look like a machine, using candy and frosting to make buttons and knobs. We then took some red licorice whips to make wires to connect the brain to our machine, just a like a mad scientist should!This was a super-easy cake to make, but really impressed the kids (and adults!)
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41 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting how you made this cake. it is AWESOME!

    I added you to my sidebar because I love your ideas! (I hope that was okay) =o)

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  2. ALright, that is so awesome! I cannot wait to make that and surprise my kids with brain for dessert! Well done! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
    Leigh, Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  3. Cool cake! The brain is awesome!@

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  4. Wow awesome cake! Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!

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  5. That's really cool. Love it.

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  6. Hello my friend...

    What a fun idea! I just loved the sweet smile on the face of your little guy...proof in the pudding that the "Mad Scientist" cake was a hit! Okay, love the brain cake! Hehe! Thanks so much for sharing this fun and fabulous cake idea with us for Sunday Favorites this week...what a great post!!!

    Have a wonderful week, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  7. hi! I found you on TGC. My boys would have loved this cake when they were younger!

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  8. This is one amazing cake. Love the frosting on the brain - too cool! Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  9. This is AWESOME! I need to find an excuse to make one now!

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  10. GReat idea! I love it! I'll have to remember this for Halloween!

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  11. Oh, it's obvious your darling birthday boy loved it! Thanks for this clever idea -- I'm going to send it to my sister for her little scientist's birthday this summer. Here on Cape Cod, we have lots and lots of marine scientists from the famous oceanogrphic lab at Woods Hole, but I'm hoping she can adapt this to a marine theme -- hmm, what can take the place of the brains, maybe quahogs? . Does your little one watch Nova with Daddy, too?
    Love from Cape Cod,
    Jude at www.dolcecape.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow, I'm impressed too! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  13. Such a fun idea, my four boys would love it! Thanks for linking up. :)

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  14. What a lucky little boy!! Thanks for linking up!!

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