Baking Up a Fun-Filled Lesson

Baking Up a Fun-Filled Lesson photo

The creative intricacies faced by a professional baker were front and center as students enrolled in Ward Melville High School’s gourmet foods classes competed in a cupcake-war competition this November.

Working in small groups, the students conceptualized, sketched designs for and ultimately baked exquisite cupcakes based on the theme of either Under the Sea or the four seasons. Student designs ranged from cupcakes shaped and decorated to look like hamburgers, frosty snowflakes and even colorful flowers. 

After working on their pieces throughout the week, the students faced a panel of judges who assessed their tasty creations based on four categories: taste, presentation, texture and creativity. 

“As a teacher I was so humbled by the unbelievable creations the students made,” said Jenna Raia, who teaches the course along with Emma Domino. “The magnitude of their work was just incredible, and it truly showcased their talents.”