Lesson Plan: Indulge in Perfection: The Ultimate Vanilla Cake Recipe - A Taste of Sweet Bliss!

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Lesson Plan: Indulge in Perfection: The Ultimate Vanilla Cake Recipe - A Taste of Sweet Bliss!

Grade Levels: 9-12

Objective:
- To teach high school students how to make a delicious and moist vanilla cake from scratch.
- To enhance students' baking skills and understanding of measuring ingredients, mixing techniques, and baking temperature.
- To encourage creativity in cake decoration and flavor variations.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-12.2: 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.9-12.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Materials:
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the popularity of vanilla cake and its versatility as a base for various cake flavors and decorations.
- Engage students in a conversation about their favorite types of cake and their understanding of the essential ingredients in a vanilla cake.

2. Vanilla Cake Preparation (30 minutes)
- Instruct students to gather all the ingredients and ensure that the butter and eggs are at room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined after each addition.
- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops with a spatula.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

3. Cake Decoration and Flavor Variations (20 minutes)
- Introduce various ways to decorate a vanilla cake, such as frosting with buttercream, adding fruit fillings, or creating layered designs with different colors and textures.
- Demonstrate basic frosting techniques, such as crumb coating and smoothing the frosting surface.
- Encourage students to experiment with flavor variations by adding extracts, citrus zest, or chocolate chips to the batter.

4. Reflection and Presentation (10 minutes)
- Lead a discussion on the process of making a vanilla cake and the importance of accurate measurements and proper mixing techniques.
- Encourage students to describe the taste, texture, and appearance of the vanilla cake they made.
- Allow students to share their cake creations, either by presenting photographs or bringing in slices of their decorated cakes.

Common Core Labels Correlations:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-12.2
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-12.3

The BEST Vanilla Cake Recipe: this delicious, moist and fluffy vanilla cake covered in a perfectly creamy vanilla buttercream is beyond easy to make and a total crowd pleaser! It's one of my most popular cake recipes and it's so easy to make!!There's a FULL cake decorating tutorial at the end of this video showing you how to smooth that buttercream, clean the edge and add a flower crown! Full Recipe: https://preppykitchen.com/1448-2/SOME TIPS*If you’re not using 6-inch pans, double the recipe for 8-inch pans or triple the recipe for 9-inch pans.*Raspberry juice will give a beautiful soft pink color with no food coloring.*If you see little clumps of butter after you mix the wet ingredients don’t panic, it all works out by the time you mix in the dry ingredients. *You can even use melted butter and warm the milk and sour cream up a bit if you like.*You can substitute whole milk yogurt for the sour cream if desired, I do it all the time and can’t really tell the difference.*To get FLAT layers that are moist inside and out try using cake strips! You can buy a set online, or make your own from foil and paper towels at home. I made a whole blog post on it so check it out if you’re interested!*If you like a less sweet frosting try my Italian or Swiss meringue buttercream recipes! They’re Creamy, dreamy and oh so delicious.SUBSCRIBE ►https://www.youtube.com/channe....l/UCTvYEid8tmg0jqGPD ME ON:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PreppyKitchenInstagram: http://instagram.com/PreppyKitchenPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/PreppyKitchenWebsite: http://www.PreppyKitchen.com

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