Monday, March 21, 2011

Sharklet Graduation Cake

Recently, a fellow grad student of Scott's graduated with her PhD. They have worked together on a number of projects -- mostly on our research dealing with product called Sharklet.  Sharklet is a product that uses the roughness of its surface to prevent attachment of organisms like bacteria, algae, and barnacles.  It gets its name because it mimics the surface of a shark's skin, which naturally prevents growth and attachment.  It was actually recently featured on PBS's NOVA science series. You can watch the program here (and you can see the back of Scott's head in a couple of the shots!).

So for her graduation, I was tasked with making a cake for the graduation party.  Naturally my first thought was to make one about Sharklet.  I asked Scott to help out, and he actually got out a ruler and drew out a pattern for me.  He was so detailed that he was measuring to the millimeter!

Because of the recent success with the Guinness cake from Christmas, I decided to stick with that.  This cake was a Guinness cake with vanilla buttercream.Add a few gummy sharks and gummy microbes around the border (because they can't stick to the surface of course), and there you go.

Cutting the cake at the graduation party.