Arduino Cake!

Hungry? How about some delicious electronics cake?

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Here at SparkFun Electronics, we pride ourselves on our geekdom. We think there is no shame in geeking out about stuff - whether it's tinkering with electronics, driving rock crawlers, or climbing mountains. To us, showing this type of passion in what we do not only makes projects more enjoyable, but continues to drive us to new heights. Just when we think we are at the pinnacle of geekdom, we get out-geeked yet again. Which brings us to today's post...

Check that out. Yep, that is an Arduino birthday cakes. We received pictures of this from one of our customers. His wife and kids know how much he loves electronics, so they fashioned (quite-well) a cake that is a replica of an Arduino Uno (SMD version) board.

In addition to the Arduino cake, they also made a breadboard cake! That's a whole lot of delicious cake! Great job and what a cool way to celebrate a birthday. Hope you saved some cake for the rest of us...


Comments 44 comments

  • SomeGuy123 / about 11 years ago / 7

    Is it RoHS compliant?

    • Aww Man, only smd edition?
      should have made the Atmel chip little cupcakes:)

      • Hmm... along with my suggestion of sparking rocks (SparkyFunRocks) I have another idea... ATMega328 SPRINKLES (Like on ice cream!)!!!

    • ElegantElectrons / about 11 years ago / 2

      Mmmmmm. Delicious non-compliant lead solder icing.
      That other icing grows those annoying icing whiskers. (ok, that joke was a bit more obscure...pure tin solder can do this )

    • Also, what's with the TX/RX LEDs? There's no clear on the top of them...

  • Davidjh / about 11 years ago / 4

    Alan, you are a very lucky man to not only have a supporting wife and family for your geekdom, but who embrace it to this level as well!! Hang on VERY tight to them! Happy birthday!

    • raul7 / about 11 years ago / 2

      Good post Davidjh! Everybody comments about the cake, but almost nobody whishes him a happy birthday.
      Happy birthday Alan!

  • pam-mo / about 11 years ago / 4

    Are there plans for a wedding/anniversary shield?

    • pam-mo / about 11 years ago / 1

      someone pointed me to the open hardware arduino-cake 3D printer shield but does anyone have a link to the libraries?

  • bidontr / about 11 years ago / 4

    The Cake is not a lie.

  • Tadpole / about 11 years ago / 2

    I love it! Finally! Will there be a retail (boxed) version of this for sale?

  • MoriFi / about 11 years ago / 2

    Hmm I think I have a task for the local bakery around here.

  • Broadsword / about 11 years ago / 2

    Thanks for posting that on my birthday! Makes me want to rig up a microphone & LoL shield for blowing out virtual candles!

  • Awesome... Major kudos for having a breadboard too.

  • Pelican / about 11 years ago / 2

    Reminds me of the cake my daughter made for Father's Day last year:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/38987262@N02/5860613828/

  • sephers / about 11 years ago / 2

    Was the cake really made in italy? looks quite tasty too :)

  • Ogre Lawless / about 11 years ago / 1

    The edge finishing is accurate, sadly. Also, their headers look straighter than mine.

  • How about mass-produced "Fun Size"es that are actually the same size as the Uno? That would be awesome. You could even sell them through ThinkGeek (they have a whole category for Wacky Edibles and even a sub-category for BACON!!!)

  • revortado / about 11 years ago / 1

    very cool project!!

  • RobitTechnology / about 11 years ago / 1

    hehee home made arduino cake very funny but we need to shiled for this cake :)

  • RobotConjurer / about 11 years ago / 1

    Somebody has way too much time on their hands! Cute though.

  • rmackay9 / about 11 years ago / 1

    super awesome!
    There's a lot o' love expressed in that cake!

  • Jeff Haas / about 11 years ago / 1

    All it needs is some licorice connecting the Arduino to the breadboard!

    • Alan412 / about 11 years ago / 2

      (This was for my birthday)
      Actually, I came home as my daughter was trying to stretch the licorice for jumper wires. But the licorice just wasn't quite long enough.
      I kidded with my wife that without the current limiting resistor she was going to burn up the LED. Then as we were going to bed she was thinking about what kind of candy she could use that would look like a resistor. :-)

      • Salt water taffy could make a convincing resistor

      • Mysterio / about 11 years ago / 2

        I think a Circus Peanut would be perfect for a resistor. Just paint some color code bars on there with frosting to set the value.
        And happy birthday to you sir!

      • Bangwaiter / about 11 years ago / 1

        She wouldn't necessarily burn the LED, if she would connect the LED to pin 13, it would work very very long without burning something.

  • Ben121 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I always wondered how the Arduino team did pin layout.
    (Now I know).

  • CodingGod / about 11 years ago / 1

    That is AMAZING!! Wow. Huge kudos to whomever made these. I figure just about everything there is made of icing, but what's the LED sticking out of the breadboard made of?

    • Alan412 / about 11 years ago / 1

      Actually, a lot of the components were made out of chocolate candies and marshmallows. My wife found an edible silver spray paint that she used to get marshmallows and other pieces the right color. Everything except the LED legs (toothpicks) was edible.

    • Liqdfire / about 11 years ago / 1

      It looks like it is made from a yellow gumdrop.

  • Buckeyes1997 / about 11 years ago * / 1
  • gbluntzer / about 11 years ago / 1

    It would taste horrible(Lots 0' Salt) but they could make it out of squishy circuits and have the LED actually light up.
    http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/index.htm

  • CollinstheClown / about 11 years ago / 1

    Hey today is my birthday too! What an awesome present!

  • kurt_ek / about 11 years ago / 1

    uuuuuu I want one of those! :D looks reaaaally good!!!

  • Ooooo... I just had an idea: I'm gonna be ordering an EXTREMELY customized ice cream cake from Emack and Bolio's next year for my birthday... although my half-bday was only a few days ago. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............

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