091 Labs – now a bakerspace?

Hey all:

As part of the 2012 Global Hackerspace Cupcake Challenge, we decided we’d better get cracking on the process of posting the requested blog entry for the cupcake we entered into this year’s competition which we’ve, erm, well, already sent. “Fashionably” late. Oh well. Hopefully the nice folks in Familab (who, being in Florida, should be safely more than 1600km or 1000 miles away as per the rules) will enjoy it. We’re working on one for our Dublin brethren TOG as well, just because they bribed us with chocolate (and, well, a cupcake, so there’s more than likely some guilt involved too)…

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So, to business. First task was to figure out how to bake a cupcake, which meant the second task was sourcing an oven for the space. A quick visit to a certain four-letter German supermarket yielded a nice little mini oven thing, and a similar visit to a five-letter English establishment amazingly resulted a cupcake tray that’d fit, so we were well on the way. So, how to go about it? (But first – pancakes!!!)

After that brief distraction, with a heavy heart (and heavier stomachs), we set about the heroic task of cupcakery. Things were researched, construction paper purchased, scissors were run with, supermarket aisles never before seen by geek were perused, and many beermats were sacrificed (after all, aren’t all great ideas first sketched out on the backs of beermats? On second thoughts, don’t answer that…) until a design was settled upon.

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With construction of the box now firmly underway, attentions were turned to the ungodly alchemy known as baking. In this process, it seems, various types of (largely) vegetable matter are combined with an assortment of chemicals in the presence of heat to bring forth gooey goodness. And it introduces the risk of both food poisoning and third degree burns. What could possibly go wrong? If all did go according to plan, this would be one product of that hackerspace that wouldn’t need Duncan’s standard “Do not lick!” warning on it (except, perhaps, the oven?). Only one way to find out!

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(I mean really. Why bother buying a food mixer when we’ve got power tools?)

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Strangely, everyone survived the baking process with all the skin, organs and other parts they started this great adventure with, and cupcakes were yielded from the thermally-operated gastronomical transmogrification device oven. Lots of empty calories and some power drill action later, we had some vanilla frosting, which we then dyed a lurid red so that people would think it should be strawberry flavoured. Or something. Naturally, quality assurance was required, so after the minions didn’t die horribly the edibility seal of approval was granted, testing ensued:

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…and behold! The finished article:

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The last task was to package everything up for transport:

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Closing up…

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The grand finale: a time-lapse video of the construction of the box!

Hope it arrives in one piece and very tasty, Familab!

From everyone in 091 Labs!

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