We just love this flashy cake and cupcake combo! It was made by Malizzi Cakes for a big wedding party. Peacocks are famous for their feathers, so what better way to show them off than with a stream of cupcakes? The bakers told us the main cake can serve 75 people. That’s not counting the 125 cupcakes, each with 4 pieces of frosting to make the feather “eye.” All that baking and decorating took about 8 hours. But it was worth it, and we bet the cake was eaten in way less time!
Wee ones: If the cake uses white, blue, green, and yellow frosting, how many colors of frosting is that?
Little kids: If you eat the 6th tailfeather cupcake, then the 8th one, which number cupcake did you skip? Bonus:If you eat 5 cupcakes, and each is either chocolate or vanilla, can you eat an equal number of the 2 flavors?
Big kids: If there are 4 pieces of frosting on each cupcake, how many cupcakes would give you 64 pieces of frosting? Bonus: Out of the 125 cupcakes, there is 1 more vanilla than chocolate. How many chocolate cupcakes are there?
The sky’s the limit: The area of a circle equals pi times the circle’s radius squared (times itself). If the top 2 layers of the cake have radii of 3 and 4 inches, and the bottom layer has a radius of 5 inches, and all have equal heights, is there more cake in the top 2 layers or the bottom single layer?
Wee ones: 4 colors of frosting.
Little kids: The 7th cupcake.Bonus:No, because 5 is an odd number. You could have 4 of one flavor and 1 of the other, or 3 and 2.
Big kids: 16 cupcakes.Bonus:62 chocolate. Think of it this way: if you took away the extra vanilla, you’d have 124 cupcakes with the same number of chocolate anyway, and they’d be exactly half of that total.
The sky’s the limit: There is an equal amount of cake in the top two layers as in the bottom single layer! The top two layers = 3 x 3 π + 4 x 4 π = 9π + 16π = 25π. The single bottom layer = 5 x 5 π or 25π.
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.