Create edible element decorations. Click on the "Cupcake Tips" tab to download sugar sheet element labels adapted from the 2015 Periodic Table of Moles.
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Tips for Creating a Periodic Table of Cupcakes
Making the cupcakes
- A complete periodic table requires five batches of cupcakes (24 cupcakes per batch)
- For a smaller periodic table, omit the lathanide and actinide series (four batches)
- To maintain freshness, freeze cooled cupcakes until ready to decorate
- Use different colors/flavors for different parts of the table (e.g., noble gases, transition metals, etc.) or to denote solids, liquids, etc.
Decorating the cupcakes
Most people decorate the cupcakes by hand, following the periodic table. You can also try one of the following:
- Create custom edible element labels using square molds and candy coating
- Create printed information flags for each cupcake (see PostedFete or TK Peggy)
- Have the elements printed onto sugar sheets at a local bakery, Walmart, or online vendor (such as KakeWalk, Sweet Express Images, Ink 4 Cakes, Inkedibles, Icing Inks). These sheets, adapted from the 2015 version of the Periodic Table of Moles, work well:
Did you know...
... J and Q are the only letters that do not appear on the periodic table of elements
Periodic Table Fun Facts
- Prescient model
Dmitri Mendeleev first published his periodic table of elements in 1869, 28 years before electrons were discovered.
Trends illustrated by the periodic table include atomic radius, electronegativity, electron affinity, metallic character, melting point, ionization potential, filling of electron energy levels and orbitals, preferred oxidation numbers, reactivity.
- Completion (so far)
All seven rows (periods) of the periodic table were finally filled in 2016, with the official introduction of nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).
The smallest periodic table was carved on a single strand of hair and measures 89.67 x 46.39 mm.
- Periodic Table of Cupcakes
Ida Freund (the first female chemistry lecturer in the United Kingdom) is credited with making the first periodic table of cupcakes in 1907 as a teaching aid.