How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Last post, we looked at fractal cookies based off of the recipe by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. In this post, we'll follow their recipe for fractal cupcakes based off of the Koch Snowflake, which we used previously to decorate pumpkins for Halloween.  

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

This past Sunday, I decided to try their method with another fractal, the Sierpinski Triangle.  

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

If you're going to make these, I strongly suggest you read the Evil Mad Scientist's post on fractal cupcakes and fractals from clay carefully.  

Materials and Tools

  • Cupcakes (I used a devil's food cake recipe)
  • Fondant
  • Sharp knife

Making the Fractal Cupcakes

Roll out a tube of fondant.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Start forming an equilateral triangle by pinching the sides and squeezing down the base.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Roll over and do the above step repeatedly until you are happy with your evenly formed equilateral triangle prism. Use a sharp knife to trim edges and cut into three even pieces.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Repeat the above steps using fondant of a different color. You will need as many pieces of this color as iterations of the fractal. Form the fractal using these four pieces. You might want to use a tiny bit of water to make the pieces stick together.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Stretch the triangular prism out to 3 times the original length, being careful to keep the equilateral triangle shape. You will need to rotate this often.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Use a sharp knife to trim the edges and cut into 3 equal pieces.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Form the next iteration by combining the three pieces with another piece of a different color in the middle.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Stretch to 3 times the length, and cut into 3 equal pieces.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Form the next iteration of the fractal.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Stretch it out just a bit more so that the pieces merge together. Cut into thin slices with a really sharp knife.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Ready for cupcakes.

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Put the fondant pieces on the cupcakes.  

How to Make Fractal Cupcakes

Show Off Your Work

If you make the cupcakes or any of the other previous Math Craft projects, please share with us by posting to the corkboard. I'd love to see someone make the Koch Snowflake ones. 

If you like these types of projects, let me know in the comments. If you have any other ideas you would like to pursue, let me know in the forum.

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This is cool! I'm gonna make some of these for my BF....

Cool. You'll have to post pictures if you complete them. Let us know how they turned out.

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