Chemistry Cake

I can not even explain the excitement I felt when I was asked to make a cake by the American Chemical Society. It brought out the former lab rat in me and brought back all of the memories of the years I spent working in Research and Microbiology Laboratories.

 It was an honor to make a cake for Dr. Royce W. Murray’s retirement reception that was held at the Orange County Convention Center.

 As stated in:
 Royce Murray-Honoring a Lifetime of Research and Teaching
His contributions to electrochemistry and in the chemistry of new materials are recognized worldwide. Among his research accomplishments, Dr. Murray introduced the concept of chemically modified electrodes, tools that are important in chemical sensors, fuel cells, and solar energy conversion.
“His contributions to electrochemistry and in the chemistry of new materials are recognized worldwide…”
A Kenan Professor, Dr. Murray is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and since 1991 editor of Analytical Chemistry, the discipline’s leading publication. He has garnered countless awards, including the University’s Thomas Jefferson Award and the North Carolina Award in Science. During his 50-year career at Carolina, he has mentored more than 155 graduate and post-graduate students out of which 45 hold or have held faculty appointments in colleges and universities, published more than 450 research articles and 160 editorials, four books, and holds four patents.

 Needless to say, it is truly an honor to make a cake for such an amazing man who has made such an impact on the world around us and on the people he works with.

So, on to the cake…Everything on the cake is edible, which makes the cake even more fun, I think…The cake itself is marble cake with chocolate filling and covered in Vanilla buttercream. I call it “Best of Both Worlds”
  The picture frames are solid chocolate with edible pictures inside and dusted with gold luster dust.

 The Bunsen Burner is also edible and has a candle inside that when lit will burn with a blue flame!

And then there is my favorite part…the Erlenmeyer Chemistry Flask. This flask is made of sugar and is pretty much a giant lollipop. The green goo is also made of sugar:) I love my job!!!

 The front flask is glass and the back flask is sugar. Thank you to Velencia College and Professor Andrea Rediske for allowing me to borrow their flask to make a sugar replica.

Best Wishes to Dr. Murray and thank you to all of the staff at The American Chemical Society, it was a pleasure to work with all of  you!