Category Archives: Cake Decorating

Google Folder Sharing for Cake Decorating Techniques

Cake Decorating Techniques T22014 by Slidely Slideshow

i-love-you-cake-decoratingI’ve shared before that I use Pinterest in a formative assessment of student’s understanding of basic cake decorating techniques. I still use Pinterest for students to design their client cake, but have changed the basic technique assessment to a collaborative Google folder.

Preparation

  • Make a new folder in Google Drive.
  • Change sharing permissions so that your students can edit. We are a Google school so I specified that anyone in the district with the link can edit.
  • Copy/paste the link into a URL shortener. I used TinyUrl because it allowed me to specify a short link that is easy for students to remember.

Student Instructions

  • Give students a list of images of different techniques to look for:
    • Star tip fill
    • Shell border
    • Rosette
    • Leaf tip
    • Writing tip script
    • Writing tip design
    • Buttercream texture
    • Fondant
  • Encourage them to find unique cakes. Also, keep in mind cakes they would like to make. This helps get them thinking about their cake design to come.
  • As they find images, label each image as “Technique-First-Last” Examples: “Startipfill-Kayla-Pins,” “Leaftip-Kayla-Pins”
  • Drag and drop the images into the shared folder.

Assessment

  • Look through the pictures to see that the students chose correct images for each technique.
  • Upload the images into an easy slide show creator like Slidely.
  • Watch the slideshow as a class and discuss the images.

Students really enjoy this collaborative project. They can see that very basic skills go far in making a professional-looking decorated cake.

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Miniature Layered Cakes

It’s that time of the term for the most popular unit: Cake decorating!

Students baked their cakes last Thursday.  Most opted for a patterned batter.  This student is making camouflage.

 This student opted for tie-die stripes.

The students found many tutorials on Pinterest and were very pleased with the results.
For the cake decorating unit I use my Kramer Crazy Cake recipe. It is a dependable recipe made with shelf-stable ingredients. It is very inexpensive so I can afford for each student to make their own cake.
Students work in pairs to make a whole recipe in a half baking sheet or a half recipe in a 9 x 13 pan. This will yield a cake that is about 1″ thick.
After the cakes have cooled, students cut the layers using circular cookie cutters. They apply a dirty icing coat and freeze the cakes overnight to provide a nice, smooth surface for decorating the next day.
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Cake Decorating Planning With Pinterest

Students continued their Pinterest fun by creating inspiration boards for their upcoming cake projects.

Their board needed several components:

  • Description of board should describe event and customer
  • Link to and watch tutorials used for your cake
  • Each link should describe how it will be used
  • Include non-cake inspiration pictures
  • At least 12 pictures

I like for the students to have a plan in mind before their lab. It helps them have higher quality finished products and keeps them focused to finish during one class period.

The students really enjoy Pinterest and I can be pretty sure that the images they find will be appropriate. Those bachelorette cakes can get pretty risque though!



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