Have you baked research-themed goodies? I was recently thinking about this after seeing this tweet from Dr. Becca
That is some impressive baking! I have never made a whole cake in the shape of a Daphnia though now I think I need to. I have made this apple pie, featuring two species of Daphnia (the native D. dentifera and the invasive D. lumholtzi, though I didn’t make the latter’s helmet as impressive as it really is). The vents on the pie are, of course, little algae and parasites. (I mean, really, what else could they have been?)
I also once tried to make a set of parasite cupcakes. One of the parasites we work on in the lab is a tightly coiled bacterium that is a beautiful pinkish red color. My thought was that I’d make cupcakes, frost them with pink frosting, and then arrange them in a coil. I hadn’t made colored frosting before, but I just made a white frosting and put red food coloring in. This seemed to work well, but when I went to get the cupcakes in the morning to bring them to the lab, all the red coloring had oozed out of the frosting overnight, which definitely did not give the proper effect!
Some people are quite good at this research-themed baking. The blog notsohumblepie features beautiful petri dish plate cookies, as well as lab mice, electrophoresis gels, and gingerbread scientists in lab coats. Then there are the amazing pancakes made by Nathan Shields, which include grasshoppers, mosquitoes, nudibranchs, and sea urchins. This post from The Scientist also features some neat research-themed baking (including several creations from notsohumblepie. ht: Jeremy) And, while these holographic chocolates don’t feature Daphnia, they should.
This led me to turn to twitter to ask people to contribute pictures of research-themed baking. Chris Solomon (@CT_Solomon) submitted this picture of a cake that reflects a whole lake browning experiment:
And here’s another ecosystem-themed one, featuring a conceptual diagram from the thesis of Lauren Kinsman-Costello (@LKCBiogeochem):
DocM (@gypsyecologist) has made quite a few research-themed cakes, some of which are pictured here:
The top one is a Neosho madtom and the bottom is a southern redbelly dace. And then there’s this vegetarian fish calzone (also from @gypsyecologist) which is really impressive!
Another very impressive fish contribution came from Tye Kindinger (@tyekindinger):
These cookies were to celebrate her labmate’s defense; the four letters on them are species codes her lab uses (e.g., PAAR is for Panulirus argus).
And, finally, Andrew Hendry sent this one along, of some fish brownies. Yum!
Have you made research-themed baked goods? If you know of links to other posts featuring research-themed baking, please link in the comments!