Posts Tagged ‘baking’

31 Days of Themed Cakes

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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Here are 31 days of themed cakes to enhance your history, science, geography, and Bible lessons! Talk about having your cake and eating it, too! The history cakes include iconic symbols from specific time periods, like a jukebox for the 1950’s and a gramophone for the 1920’s. Geography cakes feature maps, and Bible cakes bring to life stories and concepts from the Bible. The science cakes help to teach the anatomy of an amoeba, a skin model, or the solar system.

During the month of October, I will be posting each of the remaining cakes on this fun list, categorizing the cakes into the different academic subjects.

Cakes can be a great way to culminate a unit study, celebrating the completion of a topic in science or history. You can even go all out and have a themed party with decorations and invitations, all centered around the topic of study!

31 Days of Themed Cakes

History Cakes

Geography Cakes

Science Cakes

Language Arts Cakes

Math Cakes

Bible Cakes

Fun Cakes

Back-to-School Pencil Cake

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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Why not make this fun back-to-school pencil cake? It’s super easy to make, and eating cake will make the beginning of the school year all the sweeter.

First you will want to bake a rectangular cake. We made ours chocolate, and we used a boxed cake mix. You will want three vanilla icing containers. (We used two, but it would have been easier with three.)

Dump two icing containers into a larger bowl and stir yellow food coloring into it until you get the right color of yellow. You might want to grab a pencil and place it next to your icing so you can compare the shade of yellow to the real pencil.

Divide the third icing container into three bowls: one will be pink, one tan, and one gray. You can buy black food coloring in a cake aisle of a craft store. Create the gray color by adding black food coloring to white frosting. The pink can be created with red food coloring. What I did for the tan was to place some chocolate icing into the white icing, since I had left-over chocolate frosting from a different project. If you don’t, you can use any food coloring until you get the right shade of tan.

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We cut the rectangle cake in half, and those halves in half. If the cake is horizontal, make your cuts vertical. (You are cutting short pieces, not the long way.)

Lay your pieces of cake on some cardboard lined with foil. (I used packing tape to connect two pieces of cardboard on the back.) Make a point on one end of your pencil cake by making one end look like a triangle.

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Now you are ready to frost the cake. I stared with the back of the pencil. I frosted the eraser pink. Then I frosted the metal part of the pencil gray. The remainder of the pencil is yellow, except for the tip, which is tan. I used a Hershey’s chocolate kiss for the point of the pencil.

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Your pencil cake is complete! Have fun celebrating at a back-to-school party!

The Speed of a Rotating Cookie

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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Today we are baking a gigantic cookie, and then we will spin it! We are attempting to determine the speed of a rotating cookie, and I will compare it to a merry-go-round.

First you need to go into your kitchen and bake a huge chocolate chip cookie.

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You can use your favorite cookie dough recipe. My daughter Rachel tells you how much of each ingredient she used to make her cookie:

This fun experiment is from Christian Kids Explore Physics by Bright Ideas Press, In the chapter on motion, the book describes how to figure out the speed of a merry-go-round. First you need to determine the circumference of the merry-go-round.

C = 2π r

The radius of the merry-go-round is 5 feet.

5 times 2 times 3.14 equals 31.4 feet. So the distance around the merry-go-round is 31.4 feet. That means every time Rachel goes around, she travels 31.4 feet.

Now we need to determine how fast the merry-go-round is going. My son pushed Rachel around as hard as he could while my other son timed 15 seconds. I counted how many times Rachel went around in 15 seconds. The answer was almost 4 times–3.75 times is more accurate, as you can see if you watched the video. 3.75 times 4 equals 15 revolutions per minute. (A minute has 4 segments of 15 seconds.)

To determine how many feet Rachel traveled in one minute while riding the merry-go-round, multiply the circumference by the speed. She traveled 471 feet per minute!

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In the video I show you how to determine the speed of your rotating cookie at home, depending on how big it is and how fast you spin it. Who knew physics could be so fun and delicious!

Shield Cake

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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Instead of cooking a medieval feast as a culminating activity for a medieval unit study, why not bake this simple shield cake? You can have fun creating a coat of arms with candy on the top of the cake.

Begin by baking a rectangular cake, preferably chocolate. Cut one end of the cake into a triangular point. Then tape some foil to a piece of cardboard that is larger than the cake. Upend the cake onto the prepared foil.

Grab two tubs of white frosting, and tint one of them to be the background color for the shield. You can choose any color you want. Frost the entire cake, including the sides.

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Now comes the fun part. Divide the second tub of frosting into different bowls, tinting them whatever colors you want to create your coat of arms, dragon, cross, or any other shape. Place the tinted frosting in a plastic Ziplock bag and snip off the corner. Draw whatever you want with the tinted frosting.

We used white frosting to frame the outline of the shield. We also outlined a Peppermint Patty and drew a cross in the center of it. You can now use whatever candy you want to embellish your shield cake. We used colorful M&M’s to go around the entire cake.

Now enjoy eating your medieval shield cake!