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The Periodic Table of Cupcakes

The party to celebrate the publication of The Reinvention of Edison Thomas featured The Periodic Table of Cupcakes. If you read the book, you know how important the periodic table is to Eddy.

Lovely, no?
The cupcakes were enthusiastically provided by Bryce at Cupcake Sojourn. We arranged them on a (new) shower curtain.

Would you like an arsenic cupcake?

Silver? Platinum? Gold?
It's none of  your bismuth!

"Cool," you say. "So guests just walked in and picked up the cupcake of their choice?"
"Ha," I say. "You don't know me very well, do you?"

Cupcakes were flavored according to their chemical group, noble gases were lemon, lanthanides were chocolate mint, halogens were chocolate peanut butter, actinides were raspberry truffle, and so on. Guests reserved their cupcakes by taking the corresponding label and using it as a nametag. "Hi! I'm Fred. Ask me about bromine!" Yes, indeed. Guests were required to learn a little bit about their chosen element before they could consume its cupcake. Take ownership of it. Don't worry, reference materials were provided, including this informative and entertaining book and its associated card set. Unfortunately, one of the items I had purchased for reference has an error.

On this poster, you can see that the symbol for molybdenum is Mb, right?

Wrong. It's Mo.



( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 20th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, the joy and nerdiness!
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I think.
Mar. 21st, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
That is the coolest thing ever!!
Mar. 21st, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
Bravo, this is wonderful! Proud to be a nerd today.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
This is magnificent! Well done! And congratulations on Eddy's release. We Burnses can't wait to give it a read ...
Mar. 22nd, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Coolest thing ever! Congrats on the book!
Mar. 22nd, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
I am smiling broadly about these cupcakes. Eddy would have loved these, and he even would have friends to share them with! Fantastic idea. Thanks for photographing this and sharing it on your blog!

Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
How very clever of you!
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
What fun! Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you. Sharon Addy
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Fabulous, Jacqueline!!! And I read the great write-up in Doug Moe's column in the Wisconsin State Journal today. Kudos! :)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Periodic table
Okay, I HAVE to know where to get a shower curtain with the periodic table on it!

Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Periodic table
There are many places you can get one online. I've seen it used on the set of The Big Bang Theory.
Mar. 26th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
You make cupcakes cool and science yummy... Who ate the arsenic?

Laura @ Author Amok
Mar. 29th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
OMG this is absolutely unbelievable. What a great way to celebrate Eddy!
Nov. 29th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
This is amazing!! I've been meaning to get to your book for months.
Nov. 30th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, it was a lot of fun!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
That is just brilliant, not to mention tasteful. Or should that be "tasty"?

(The first image seems to be AWOL, however.)

Edited at 2011-04-22 01:30 am (UTC)
Apr. 22nd, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks. I had no idea that had happened. I think I fixed it.
Oct. 10th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
cup cake assembly
My college chemistry club is doing periodic table cup cakes for a fund raiser soon and we would like to know how to get the colorful periodic table like the one you guys had your cup cakes sitting on?

Please email at; betht98@gmail.com

Oct. 10th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: cup cake assembly
Thanks for your comment, Beth.
It's actually a shower curtain (brand new, never used for a shower). It's the same one they use on The Big Bang Theory. I think I got mine through ThinkGeek.

Good luck with your fundraiser!
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Jacqueline Houtman
I'm a freelance science writer based in Madison, WI. I also write sciency fiction for kids. My award-winning debut novel, THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS, was published by Front Street/Boyds Mills Press in March 2010.

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