CTE Task: Let them eat cake! Cake Types and Methods

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COURSE:

Culinary Arts IV

TASK LENGTH:

1 hour

 

Let them eat cake! Cake Types and Methods

Task Description

Standards

In this activity, students will

  1. review both “Foam Cakes” and “Shortened Cakes” articles and then complete the “Mix and Match Cake Activity”;
  2. create a “How to Bake a Cake” instructional brochure on a specific cake type of the student’s choosing.

Culinary Arts IV, Standard 9: Categorize the types of cakes by identifying their mixing methods (e.g., creaming and sponge), the functions of their ingredients, and the methods for preparing the pan for baking. Compile a collection of cake recipes into an index. Select one recipe to demonstrate the preparation method for a group, using proper culinary terminology to narrate and explain the procedure.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • identify and distinguish between shortened cakes (e.g., oil cakes, Bundt) and foam cakes (e.g., angel food, chiffon), including characteristics, methods, and types of each;
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and explain the individual steps in baking a cake;
  • analyze common cake baking mistakes and propose solutions to fix these mistakes.

 

To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  • create their own unique cake recipe by modifying a classic shortened or foam cake recipe.

 

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

 

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions

Shortened cakes

 

 

Foam cakes

 

Egg foaming mixing method

 

 

 

Creaming mixing method

 

 

 

Two-step mixing method

________ ________, including Bundt cakes and American butter cakes, are the most common type of cakes and typically make the best birthday and wedding cakes.

 

If you want light and fluffy cakes, like Angel Food or sponge cakes, then you want _______ ________.

When using the _______ _______ _______ _______, you use a whisk to beat a cracked egg in a bowl to create an egg foam mixture.

 

The _______ _______ ______, typically used for butter (or shortened) cakes, involves beating fat and sugar together until they take on a light and airy texture.

 

The _______ _______ ______, also known as the high-ratio mixing method, comes in handy when the weight of the sugar in your batter is equal to or greater than the weight of flour.

Why is it crucial to distinguish and understand the differences shortened cakes and foam (or unshortened) cakes?

 

When learning how to bake cakes, why do we need to learn different mixing techniques and know when to use the appropriate technique?

 

Teacher Instructional Materials

Mix and Match Cake Activity

 

How to Bake a Cake Instructional Brochure Activity

 

Foam Cakes (Phillips, S. (2000). Foam Cakes. Crafty Baking. https://www.craftybaking.com/learn/baked-goods/cakes/types/foam-cakes)

 

Shortened Cakes (Phillips, S. (2000). Shortened Cakes. Crafty Baking. https://www.craftybaking.com/learn/baked-goods/cakes/types/shortened-cakes)

 

Teacher and Student Instructional Videos

Cake School: How to Bake a Classic Yellow Cake with Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes. (2020, Apr. 29). Cake School: How to Bake a Classic Yellow Cake with Duff Goldman [Video]. YouTube. Cake School: How to Bake a Classic Yellow Cake with Duff Goldman - YouTube)

 

Common Cake Baking Problems (Delizioso TV. (2020, May 9). Common Cake Baking Problems and the Reason behind those Disasters [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOqieQLyfTQ)

 

Additional Teacher and Student Instructional Resources

Cake Glossary: Types of Cakes (Lifestyle Direct. (2020). Cake Glossary: Types of Cakes. The Nibble: The Webzine about Specialty Foods. http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cookies/cakes/glossary.asp)

 

Cake School: How to Bake a Classic Yellow Cake with Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes. (2020, Apr. 29). Cake School: How to Bake a Classic Yellow Cake with Duff Goldman [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIkAbFSEoN4&list=PL9JF7rbUrWjviLzWn8Wp2_5W3Xc2V0E_k&index=1)

Let them eat cake! Cake Types and Methods

Activity Steps:

  1. Students will first review both “Foam Cakes” and “Shortened Cakes” articles and then complete the “Mix and Match Cake Activity,” which asks students to match characteristics and methods with the correct cake type.
  2. Next, students watch two videos—Cake School: How to Bake a Classic Yellow Cake with Duff Goldman and Common Cake Baking Problems—to prepare for their instructional brochure activity.
  3. Students will then complete the “How to Bake a Cake” Instructional Brochure using Flipsnack (or another similar platform of the instructor’s choosing).
  4. Once students have completed the cake matching activity and the instructional brochure, they will submit these materials to the instructor for review. 

Student Resource

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How to Bake a Cake Instructional Brochure  

Instructions: For this activity, you’ll create a brochure for a specific type of cake. In creating your brochure, follow the steps below.

Step 1:  Watch Cake School: How to Bake a Classic Yellow Cake with Duff Goldman and Common Cake Baking Problems.   

 

Step 2: Look through the Cake Glossary and select a type of cake.

 

Step 3:  Complete the planning chart below.

 

Step 4:  Create your brochure using Flipsnack (or another platform of the instructor’s choosing).

 

Step 5: Submit your planning chart and cake brochure (along with your cake matching review) to your instructor.

 

Cake Brochure Planning Chart

Your brochure design is up to you, but make sure to include all of the below information.

Student name:

Date:

Cake:

Recipe: (Re-type the recipe here. Make sure to cite where you found this recipe, even if it’s a family recipe.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients, Measurements, & Equipment: (List all of the ingredients, appropriate measurements, and equipment needed separately from the recipe.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Cake Fails (and How to Avoid Them): (Note any possible cake fails that could happen when baking your cake. Also note how best to prevent those fails.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Facts about your Cake: (Here you want to include some important and/or interesting facts about your cake. These facts can include history of your cake, preparation methods, if it’s popular in a specific region or country, etc. You need at least five facts.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures: (You need at least four pictures of your cake—these pictures can include preparation steps, equipment, etc.)