The saddest cake story

Remember when I made a DNA cake that spelled “CAKE”? Shortly after that did the rounds on the internet, people spotted mistakes. The helix was turned in the wrong direction, and I had failed to stay on the same strand in the twist so the colours were wrong in every…

This cake contains theobromine

A few weeks ago it was my turn again to bring cake to work. Two years ago I made a DNA cake, last year I made a dinosaur cake, and this year I made theobromine cake! Theobromine is found in chocolate, and is chemically related to caffeine. The difference is…

How to make a dino cake

1. Realise that your turn to bring cake to work is coming around, and everyone still remembers that DNA cake you made last year. 2. Try to think of another science-themed cake, and remember the dinosaur cookie cutters you won by dressing as a TARDIS at Science Online. 3.  Look…

C-A-K-E

It was my turn to bring cake for cake club at work. Your turn only comes around once a year or so, so I thought I’d make something interesting. Inspired by Jonathan’s DNA cake, and by the four colours in use for the four products at our company, I designed…

Why is bread not glue?

After a pinata party, Maria e-mailed me the following question: Hey, why does water with flour become glue for pinatas? Is there a scientific explanation for the stickiness? How come it doesn’t work like that when it makes bread? Is bread sticky too? I’m really confused! Off the bat, I…

Pi Day

March 14 is “Pi Day”, according to fans of the number, because the date can also be written as the number pi rounded down to two decimals: 3.14 The Exploratorium in San Francisco has been celebrating Pi Day since 1988, and kicks off at 1.59 PM (3.14159…) by “(circumambulating) the…

Science of Cooking

The Science of Cooking on the Exploratorium website is all about the science behind the things you eat. It not only gives good “daily life” examples for general concepts of chemistry, such as as the Maillard Reaction, but is also informative for people who love cooking and just want to…