Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Cake Engineering

PostedDecember 25, 2011

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Anchor Lede: Want that perfect Santa-shaped cake, but you’re just not sure how to make it work? You might want to take some engineering classes!

Randy Atkins: Maybe you think of engineers as people who keep bridges and buildings standing. Mary Burroughs, a civil engineering student at Iowa State, does that for cakes.

Mary Burroughs: I know how to carve the cake in the right way so that all the forces are acting on one central location.

Randy Atkins: In her side business, Cake Engineering, she even uses non-traditional baking tools.

Mary Burroughs: I use my calipers a lot if I’m referencing another object, so I can get the proportions correct. I also use a compass and protractor to get angles correct.

Randy Atkins: So don’t be afraid to think outside the cake box to perfect your next dessert masterpiece! With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News