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Chemistry Cake

In this exciting and tasty chemistry activity which requires adult supervision, learners explore how chemistry affects a simple everyday activity like cooking. They will combine ingredients to make a yummy pineapple cake! This is an excellent activity to show chemistry in action in real life.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Set of Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cup
  • Wooden Mixing Spoon
  • Cake Pan
  • Tray
  • Can Opener
  • Conventional, Convection, or Microwave Oven
  • Plates
  • Forks
  • Napkins
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
  • ½ 20-oz Can Crushed Pineapple
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar (omit ½ cup sugar if pineapple is sweetened)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Acids and Bases
      • Solutions
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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