We launched the second annual Great Geobakeoff with some trepidation. Had geobaking fatigue set in? Was everyone too busy watching the General Election to notice? Is it in fact impossible to bake a hidden fossil cake?
Of course, our concerns were needless. Once again, the geobaking world has answered our call to arms, and produced a wondrous array of edible geological constructions. Many thanks to everyone who joined in, and we hope your kitchens have since recovered from the carnage.
As always, we set a list of ten challenges worth an increasing amount of points. First, though, some recognition for those of you who went freestyle and did your own thing. And why not? (You don’t get any points though. Rules are rules and all that.) Also to the Geological Society staff members who joined in with our own staff geobakeoff – of which more later…
Many thanks to everyone who submitted!
On to the points….
10 points: Mudstone cake
Mildly more exciting than last year’s sandstone layer, this one generated some appetising looking 10 pointers. Particular applause to Alexandra Booer who earned the distinction of baking our very first entry…
— Alexandra Booer (@alexbooer) April 7, 2015
20 points: Mud cracks (with a 10 point bonus for addition of a lonely tree)
We particularly enjoyed your lonely trees. 30 points for effort, geobakers.
30 points: Lahar cake
Now. Had we known the lengths to which you would go to achieve a cake based lahar, we would definitely have assigned this challenge more than 30 points. Well done to everyone who lahared, and particularly those who sent us a video to prove it!
40 points: Mississippi Mud Pie
Our Mississippi requirements were pretty specific – either a geological map or bird’s eye view of the river delta. High five to our one intrepid geobaker who took on the first:
And to the several of you who created a cake based river delta…
50 points: Hidden William Smith Fossil Preserved in Mud Cake
At this point, we feel we owe you an apology, geobakers. It turns out we know a lot more about fossils than we do about baking, and a hidden fossil cake is in fact nigh on impossible. Extra respect and admiration, therefore, to the many of you who took on the challenge and won!
It wasn’t easy….
— Alexandra Booer (@alexbooer) April 10, 2015
But a good geobaker never gives up…
Did we mention it wasn’t easy…?
— Alexandra Booer (@alexbooer) April 17, 2015
Congratulations to everyone who took on this frankly ridiculous challenge. We’re sorry.
60 points: Cross Section cake
70 points – William Smith County Map cake
A tricky challenge, and we received just one entry for this category. But we only needed one, because it is magnificent. LOOK AT IT.
— Liz Laycock (@longrat) April 21, 2015
80 points – The Freestyle Showbiz Mud Round
The time has come to break it to you. No one backed us a Matthew McConnaughey. Woe. We did, however, receive two excellent recreations of film scenes involving mud…
— Hazel Gibson (@iamhazelgibson) April 29, 2015
90 points – Tunnel cake
We left the engineering challenge this year fairly vague, and you answered it in style! We had the Channel Tunnel, a mine, even the Harbury Tunnel landslip – an impressive 90 points to you all!
— Meriel FitzPatrick (@MerielFitzP) April 29, 2015
100 points – Jurassic Park Toilet Death Scene
It has become somewhat traditional for the 100 pointer challenge to feature a scene from Jurassic Park*. (Naturally our favourite film.) Last year, it was hatching velocirapt0rs. This year, we took things one step further, and asked for this iconic scene. As a cake.
First to come in was this incredible effort from Hannah Moss-Davies;
— Hannah Moss-Davies (@HannahMD24) April 14, 2015
Swiftly followed by an equally amazing depiction from the Plymouth University geobakeoff….
We also enjoyed this live action version…
Congratulations and 100 points to all our intrepid toilet death scene bakers!
And so to the 10 winners…
…closely followed by Karen, Debbie & Alex with 100 points for their Jurassic Park Toilet Death scene!
Also on 100 points, Hannah Moss-Davies for another incredible T Rex
…followed by Lauren Ballarini for combining several challenges into 3 geobakes for 200 points
410 points to Sarah Snell-Pym and her intrepid geobaking team, Jean and Mary, for their ‘geologist despair’ cake montage!
And conquering every geobakeoff challenge for the second year running, 570 points to geobakeoff queen, Liz Laycock!
This concludes the 2015 Great Geobakeoff – thanks to everyone who joined in! Hopefully we’ve all learned something. Not least, that hidden fossil cakes are really hard, and toilets are equally as difficult to construct as T Rexes.
See you next year…
*Suggestions for next year’s Jurassic Park scene are gratefully received. Or maybe we should wait for Jurassic World to come out?