Jupiter Structural Layer Cake

Rhiannon at Cakecrumbs loves science and baking. One would have to, to devote the time, skill, and artistry necessary to this Jupiter cake she made. Icing the atmosphere alone took eight hours! But that's not the extent of the realism. The inside of the cake is also as accurate as we know about Jupiter.

When my sister asked me what I was making and I said Jupiter, she said to me, “I didn’t even know Jupiter had layers.” It’s amazing how much we can forget after learning it in primary school. So here’s a rehashing for those of you who’ve also forgotten. Our knowledge is mostly theoretical of course, but the gas giants are thought to have a core comprised mostly of rock and ice. This is surrounded by a layer liquid metallic hydrogen, and the outer layer is composed of molecular hydrogen. *cake is totally not to scale

In cake speak, this translates to a core made of mudcake, surrounded by almond butter cake, surrounded by a tinted vanilla Madeira sponge. There’s a crumb coat of vanilla buttercream underneath the fondant.

Read more about the making of Jupiter, and see more pictures at her blog. Link -via Bad Astronomy

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