I never thought I'd write a post about my kids' homework, much less their science homework, but this one was too delicious to pass up.
Given the choice between a cake model of a cell, writing a computer program or filling out a worksheet, Tyler chose, with his class partner, to bake a chocolate cake. Tyler's mom helped by softening the fondant using the microwave for about 15 seconds. They made little wells in the fondant for the food coloring and then kneaded away at it. As a glue to hold the candy in place, they added a thin layer of water to the fondant.
There are a lot of wonderful examples of cell-cake projects to be found on the internet. But, what I found to be even more useful than the cake itself is the de-coder table the boys put together, which explains the function of each part of the cell and its corresponding goodie.
After eating a piece of this very heavy--but delicious--cake, you'll swear your cell membranes are lined with fondant, too!