⁣Lesson Plan: Fall Delights: Learn How to Make Delicious Pumpkin Cakes - A Seasonal Baking Adventure!

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⁣Lesson Plan: Fall Delights: Learn How to Make Delicious Pumpkin Cakes - A Seasonal Baking Adventure!

Grade Levels: 6-8

Objective:
- To teach middle school students how to make moist and flavorful pumpkin cakes from scratch.
- To enhance students' baking skills and understanding of ingredient substitutions and flavor combinations.
- To encourage creativity in cake decorating and presentation.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Materials:
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- ½ cup buttermilk
- Mixing bowls
- Whisk or electric mixer
- 9-inch round cake pans
- Cooling rack

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the flavors and traditions associated with pumpkin-based desserts during the fall season.
- Engage students in a conversation about their favorite pumpkin treats and their understanding of pumpkin as an ingredient.

2. Pumpkin Cake Batter Preparation (20 minutes)
- Instruct students to preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare two 9-inch round cake pans by greasing and flouring them.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves until well combined.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Mix in the pumpkin puree until incorporated.
- Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture and buttermilk to the pumpkin mixture, alternating between the two, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix well after each addition.

3. Baking and Cooling (30 minutes)
- Divide the pumpkin cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
- Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

4. Frosting and Decorating (15 minutes)
- Introduce various frosting options for pumpkin cakes, such as cream cheese frosting, cinnamon buttercream, or maple glaze.
- Demonstrate how to frost and layer the cooled cake with the chosen frosting, using a spatula or piping bag for decorative accents.
- Encourage students to get creative with decorating the pumpkin cake, using pumpkin-shaped candies, toasted pecans, or fall-themed sprinkles as garnishes.

5. Reflection and Tasting (10 minutes)
- Lead a discussion on the process of making homemade pumpkin cakes and the versatility of pumpkin as a flavor in desserts.
- Encourage students to describe the taste, texture, and aroma of the pumpkin cake they made.
- Allow students to enjoy a slice of their pumpkin cake creation or consider sharing it with classmates, teachers, or family members.

Common Core Labels Correlations:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.2
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3

How to Make Pumpkin CakesFull Recipe: https://preppykitchen.com/pumpkin-mini-cakes/These delicious, delightful, and moist pumpkin cakes are filled with all your favorite fall spices have a layer of cream cheese frosting inside, and just so happen to look like little pumpkins!I thought these would be really cute as part of a centerpiece at dinner mixed in with real pumpkins and Autumn leaves. Dessert could be right in front of you without you having any idea! Let me know what you think in the comments! You can follow me on Insta @preppykitchen

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