'Evil Mad Scientist' on Serious Eats

Fractal Snowflake + Cupcakes = Serious Math

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories Math has never exactly been my forté. If it involves food, however, I'll give it a whack. On first glance these fractal snowflake cupcakes are seemingly simple, with a series of triangles and what have you thrown together to make a darling little shape that reminds me of arts and crafts time. How wrong I was. These cakes require some serious math. Lets break it down, shall we? It all starts with a "simple" algorithm. The Koch snowflake algorithm consists of three identical Koch curves, which essentially make one large triangle. This triangle is cut into four smaller triangles made of blue fondant and then centered on another larger triangular base which is made of... More

How to Make Edible Googly Eyes for Cupcakes, Cookies, Etc.

Evil Mad Scientist has a detailed guide on making edible googly eyes for cupcakes, cookies, and other baked goods. The trick lies in using edible gelatin capsules cut down into eye domes, with jumbo round sprinkles as pupils. Sprinkles go in the cut-down capsules, and capsules are affixed to an appropriate substrate: It "needs to be sturdy, so that it can support the rest of the eyes, light in color, and completely dry and free of oil. At the same time, it needs to be soft enough that we can press the gelatin capsules into it." Whoppers cut in half seem to make an ideal substrate. For the complete how-to, step into the EMS laboratory.... More

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