Our challenge: Produce two baked products per class good enough to sell at the summer fair!
Background Research First we looked at many cakes, to decide which we would like to make. We looked at cakes such as sponge, fruit, lemon drizzle and chocolate before rating how delicious they looked.
Market Research Once we had narrowed it down to a few cakes, we sent out questionnaires to ask our potential customers (consisting of parents/carers, teachers and children) what kind of cake they would like. We asked questions such as: What filling would you like? How much would you be willing to spend? What shape would you like your cake? We used the answers to inform our design.
Specification This was an incredibly important part of the DT week process. After analysing our questionnaires, we had to use that information to decide five key requirements that our cakes needed to have. This would ensure maximum sales at the Summer Fair!
Focussed Practical Task We practiced making cupcakes and decorating them with fillings. The cupcakes were mini versions of some cakes that we would potentially be producing at the end of DT week, ready to sell at the Summer Fair. It was great fun to practice the baking skills that our teachers had taught us!
Designing In order to produce a design of our desired cake, we used our specifications to fill in a blank cake template. Everybody brought different ideas to the table which was incredibly helpful because it gave us lots of inspiration to help us decide on our final product.
Selecting the final product After a lesson of designing, we compared the designs against the specification that we had already drawn up. It was important to find a design that closely matched our specification to ensure our customers were satisfied and to ensure excellent sales at the Summer Fair.
Preparing Final Product Once we knew how what kind of cake we wanted to produce, all that was left was to make it! After checking our recipes, we gathered all of the ingredients and equipment together.
Making the final product Once our cooking stations were set up, we washed our hands to get ready to make our cakes. Following our recipe closely, we placed flour, sugar and cracked four eggs into the mixing bowl before creaming it all together in a figure of eight with a big wooden spoon. We then put it into the cake tin and into the oven for thirty minutes on a low heat.
Evaluating Finally we thought about what had worked about our final products and what we could have improved. Each class came up with different ideas about how to improve their design. Some included different types of decoration, different coloured icing or adding different fillings into the middle of the cake.