Cake Decorating Club put on stunning display of Christmas cakes

As Christmas Term at St George's Junior School came around once more this year, Year 5 pupils in the Cake Decorating Club got ready to test their culinary and decorating skills once more.

Now in its third year, Cake Decorating Club is run for children in Year 5, with the aim to teach the children simple cake decorating skills that they will be able to use and improve on for years to come. It's also a lot of fun!

The children spent the first half of term learning model making skills, simple piping techniques, as well as rolling, cutting and smoothing sugar paste icing skills. They also found out about some of the essential equipment used in sugar craft, including the use of crimpers to create display plaques. The children had great fun trying to master rolling out large pieces of icing without it getting stuck to the table; this is not as easy as it looks!

Over the half term break, the children designed their own Christmas cakes, incorporating some or all of the techniques they had learnt over the previous weeks. Most also had fun baking their rich fruit cakes ready for decorating.

The children created some amazing designs and after working out all the ingredients and equipment needed, the fun part of covering and decorating their cakes began.

A few could not resist eating some of the rather tasty marzipan substitute which they used to cover the cakes, followed by the icing the week after. Then came the really fun part – the decorations.

The children only had two weeks to complete their cakes. All worked industriously, making models, piping designs, using edible glitter dust and pens, and making quite a mess in the process. But it was brilliant fun and the end results were amazing.

On Tuesday 5 December, there was a great buzz in the Mulbery Hall as the cakes all went out on display ready for the Christmas Cake Bake-Off Competition. Mrs Clarke, our Assistant Head and Mrs Davies, our School Secretary, had the incredibly difficult task of deciding a winner. They considered how well the cakes had been iced, if and how well any techniques had been used and the overall design of the cakes. It was a very close-run competition, all the cakes deserved a prize, but after a lot of careful consideration three cakes were chosen.

The runners-up were Tamara Khayat, who used some wonderful modelling skills to create a very lifelike Nativity Scene and Amelie Michael, who made wonderful models of a fireplace, stocking, Christmas tree, presents and the family pets, a dog, cat and Christmas mouse.

The winner this year was Freya Goulding. Her fun and creative idea of Santa ending up upside down in an igloo, to the surprise of a watching penguin, won her the prize.

14 December 2017

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