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Erupting Volcano Cake

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2 mb Quicktime movie

Whether you’re having a groundbreaking celebration for the construction of your new subterranean evil lair, or throwing a 5 year-old a birthday party, an erupting volcano cake is always the perfect pastry choice.

The magic in this cake comes from 2 special effects:

The dry ice in the magma chamber, and the hard candy lava streaming down the sides of the volcano.

We constructed our volcano using 3 seperate cake sections:

  • Bundt cake base
  • Dome cake middle (baked in medium bowl)
  • Inverted cupcake peak

volcano cake

We used a small juice glass to first cut out the center of the middle layer before stacking it on top of the bundt cake base. Next, insert the glass into the cavity. This is your magma chamber.

Cut a vent through the center of the cupcake peak section. Frost both the main cake and the cupcake peak, but dont put the top on just yet.

volcano cake

To make the candy lava you’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Karo syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Red food coloring

Combine these ingredients and bring to a boil in a saucepan. Heat to 300 deg F. Remove from heat. Pour candy lava into the desired shapes onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Allow to cool.

volcano cake

Just before you are ready to serve the cake, drop a chunk of dry-ice into the glass, and pour in some cold warm water. Put the top piece onto the volcano and arrange the candy lava on the sides.

If you want your cake to actually bubble over with oozing lava, then add sweetened, colored egg white to the dry ice in the magma chamber rather than water. We didn’t think that sounded very apetizing, but it sure would look cool. Here is the recipe for the oozing goo:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • food coloring

Dropping that into your volcano will result in a nice eruption that should last for a few minitues.

Finally, bask in your guest’s delight.

68 Responses to “Erupting Volcano Cake”


  1. joey Says:

    I have the urge to bake! I like this…

  2. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    excellent!!!!!

    who’s torsos and fingers are those??

  3. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    where does one obtain “dry” ice ????

  4. Steve Says:

    I got the dry ice from a fish-monger, but you should be able to find it at either a party supply house, or possibly the meat/fish department of your local grocer.

    steve

  5. Mike D. Says:

    Kerchenko, you are a sketchy sketchy character. I would hate to think of how dangerous you’d be with a case of dry ice.

  6. marius Says:

    You should also be able to obtain dry ice from welding supply shops.

  7. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    Is “Dry Ice” kind of like “Dry Cleaning” no, liquid, no mess… ?

    It’s called dry cleaning. You heard
    me right, brother, ‘dry cleaning’–
    wash without water, no suds, no
    tumble, no stress on the clothes.
    It’s all done with chemicals, friend,
    and your garments end up crisp and
    fresh. And here’s the capper: no
    shrinkage.

    Boy, what I could do with a case of “dry cleaning” !!!!! Unleash clkeanliness to unsupectin’ slobs…. justy slip a piece ‘o ‘dry cleanin’ in their pocket and watch in wonder…..

  8. Russell Says:

    in the US, you can get Dry Ice at your local grocery store usually (I know Safeway has it)

  9. kazen Says:

    Dry Ice is solid (frozen) carbon dioxide ( CO2.).
    it is very cold, and when it melts goes directly to vapor, not liquid, thus, the name.

    it is easilly obtainable at places like ice-cream shoppes, and other places that ship or pack cold items.

  10. Agent Y Says:

    If you have a Baskin Robbins nearby, they also sell dry ice.

  11. EpicCrusadr Says:

    Kazen should have been more specific. Dry ice sublimates (goes directly from a solid to a vapor) at normal pressures. When you put
    enough pressure on CO2 (5 times the pressure at sealevel) it goes to a liquid then to a gas. I’m not trying to be a know-it-all, but I thought you all could use a science lesson. Chemistry is fun! 8 )

    http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/~cchieh/cact/c123/phasesdgm.html

  12. nana Says:

    This experiment is great and wonderful!

  13. Holly Says:

    It’s sweet

  14. RescueMom Says:

    Good hints for my 4-yr-old’s Rescue Hero party cake. Help! The volcano’s erupting! Call the Rescue Heroes! Thanks!

  15. Arenal Volcano Says:

    I like it we have a restuarnt here in Costa Rica were there is a volcano that allways erupt we are going to make it for the holidays.
    Thanks

  16. me Says:

    hehe to all, especially you Vladimer….

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  18. daniella Says:

    omg! what a brilliant idea thanks so much this has really helped me with my geography homework!!!

  19. Pablo Says:

    try making it out of a taco next time

  20. Pablo Says:

    a quesadila might work next time to hater!

  21. bob Says:

    i had that cake when i was turning 60

  22. bob Says:

    yummmmmmmmmmmm yum i love it !!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. susie Says:

    i want more more cake

  24. latoya baxley Says:

    that is a kool volcano

  25. dncinpanda Says:

    I love this. We are doing it for my children’s science party. However, the egg lava is yucky so we are making the lava from a recipe for pudding “slime” and dying it red instead of green. It’s perfect.

  26. Lisa D Says:

    can you tell me. It the glass supposed to go all the way to the bottom (and top) of the cake or just that middle layer? I am going to try and make this for my son’s 5th Birthday party and hope I can pull it off. Any tips you have on making or executing the dry ice thing would help. Thanks!

  27. god Says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmm cake i heart cake i dream of cake every night and its my gay lover

  28. Hillaryyyyy Says:

    i’m going to try and make this for my science project. i’m in 8th grade and we’re learning about volcanoes right now. it looks super cool. and i’m gonna make a practice cake for my birthday (which is next weekend!

  29. paulomi banerjee Says:

    i am gonna try and make this for my science project 2! i hope the dry ice thing works cuz that’ll definately get me an A+.

  30. canyon Says:

    this is gay ill get an F-

  31. Melissa Says:

    Has anyone actually tasted the egg white and sugar? It’s good, it’s called meringue if you bake it.

  32. sandy Says:

    That’s a great cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Samuel Caron Says:

    this is for a project, but it will be great, i know it!!

  34. holly! Says:

    what is Karo syrup?

  35. lala Says:

    i don’t no? dose anybody else no?

  36. lala Says:

    i don’t no? dose anybody else no?

  37. i likepie Says:

    hi caity \

  38. milkshake Says:

    ur an idiot brent/i like pie

  39. wipsy Says:

    im gay, i like girls

  40. cjoe (iam a girl) Says:

    this is an ausome idea 4 cakes and kids i am 33 and still love dowing this crap

  41. cjoe (iam a girl) Says:

    snap thats good

  42. Leslie Says:

    Karo Syrup is corn syrup. That small juice glass looks awfully tall.

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  46. krissy ploshadoct Says:

    this cake is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. krissy ploshadoct Says:

    this cake is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. krissy ploshadoct Says:

    this cake is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Popular Science Says:

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  50. SHANEY Says:

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  53. robet Says:

    u told me i could eat it all i ate the dry ice now it burns!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  54. robet Says:

    u told me i could eat it all i ate the dry ice now it burns!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  55. robet Says:

    u told me i could eat it all i ate the dry ice now it burns!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  56. JitterBug Says:

    u idiot robet! You are not supposed to eat dry ice, what’s wrong with u? of course its gonna burn. lol its CO2

  57. Jill Says:

    THat Is sUcH a KoOl CaKe!?!

  58. Eve Says:

    is the candy lava and the oozing goo ateable ?

    because im doing an volcano cake for geography and would love to eat it after with my friends and teacher =P

    REPLY A.S.A.P thanks x

  59. sahib Says:

    it is good but i will receave a+

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  61. girlygirl Says:

    How do you make this into a science project question? I really need help!!!!

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  64. Clyde Dawson Says:

    a small blast from a CO2 fire extinguisher onto a wad of cotton or similar – a cheap way to get the CO2 if you have access to one. We used it for smoke/steam from a witches cauldron for stage effects.

  65. bob Says:

    you suck

  66. dakodah Says:

    yaa the cakes cool but how does it taste ???…. ever think of that ???…..

  67. steve Says:

    i have 2 ?. the first one is that how do you make sure the ooze or mist doesnt touch the cake and where do you buy dry ice?

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