I’m a nerd. A really big nerd. And at work, I’m surrounded by other hilarious (and sweet) nerdy people. So last week, I took a little time off to do something else pretty nerdy: I baked the Periodic Table out of cupcakes.
A coworker and I planned the whole dessert months ago. With the cupcakes as the centerpiece of a celebration picnic, we wanted a large variety of flavor combinations, so we chose eight cakes and four frostings:
carrot (recipe follows)
Two days before, I stood in my kitchen for six hours straight, measuring flour and sugar and butter to mix each batter from scratch. 118 paper liners later, I handed off the little beautifies for their colorful pampering and decorating session.
At the party, everyone admired our Periodic Table. A brief debate ensued over who got to eat carbon—everyone’s favorite element!—but we all ate more than enough atoms to satisfy our nerdy tummies. And who knows, we may do brownie bites or tartlettes instead for next year!