Lesson Plan: Unleash Your Inner Baker: Creating an Amazing Chocolate Cake - A Recipe for Chocoholics!

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Lesson Plan: Unleash Your Inner Baker: Creating an Amazing Chocolate Cake - A Recipe for Chocoholics!

Grade Levels: 9-12

- To teach high school students how to make a decadent and moist chocolate cake from scratch.
- To enhance students' baking skills and understanding of ingredient ratios and techniques.
- To encourage creativity in cake decorating and personalization.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-12.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-12.3: Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
- Mixing bowls
- Whisk or electric mixer
- 9-inch round cake pans
- Cooling rack


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by discussing the popularity of chocolate cake and its universal appeal.
- Engage students in a conversation about their favorite chocolate cake variations and their understanding of key ingredients.

2. Chocolate 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 large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredient mixture, whisking until well combined.
- Gradually pour in the boiling water while whisking continuously until the batter is smooth.

3. Baking and Cooling (30 minutes)
- Divide the chocolate cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
- Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes 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 chocolate cake, such as chocolate ganache, buttercream, or cream cheese frosting.
- 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 chocolate cake, using sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or fresh berries as garnishes.

5. Reflection and Tasting (10 minutes)
- Lead a discussion on the process of making a homemade chocolate cake and the importance of ingredient ratios for achieving a moist and flavorful result.
- Encourage students to describe the taste, texture, and appearance of the chocolate cake they made.
- Allow students to enjoy a slice of their delicious creation or consider sharing it with classmates, teachers, or family members.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

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