Castleisland Community College Fair Trade ‘Cake Off’

Castleisland Community College Cake-Off finalists and winners with back from left: James Brosnan, head baker, Garvey’s SuperValu; Jo McGrath, Home Economics teacher; Teresa Landers, acting principal and Dan Browne, IT Tralee. The winners were: Úna Broderick (centre left) with her baking partner, Doreen Murphy with runners-up, Gabrielle Voveryte and Joanna Browne (left) and the third placed Robyn White and Janine O’Sullivan. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Decision time: Judges, Dan Browne and James Brosnan informing college home economics teacher, Jo McGrath of their verdict at the ‘Cake-Off’ at Castleisland Community College. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Judging time: James Brosnan, Garvey’s SuperValu (left) and Dan Browne, IT Tralee looking over Castleisland Community College student, Jessica O’Loughlin’s  baking and presentation skills during the recent Cake-Off. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Pupils, both senior and junior participated in last week’s Castleisland Community College Fairtrade Cake-Off.

Pupils had been given the brief to design and make a cake for a special occasion using at least one Fairtrade ingredient.

“The results were amazing,” said teacher and Fairtrade champion, Doreen Killington.

Home Economics Room

Pupils arrived early to the Home Economics room and continued to bake up a storm for most of the day.

Some made light airy sponges, aromatic madeira, chocolate biscuit cake, to name but a few.

Teachers visited the room and commented on the excellent organisational skills of the pupils and were astounded by the calm in which it was all carried out.

When all the bases were cooled the pupils then began the art of decoration.

Smell of Melting Chocolate

Butter cream was made in abundance, the smell of melting chocolate filled the room, while cream was whipped. Pupils applied their decorations with great skill using Fairtrade products such as chocolate, Maltesers, Smarties etc.

Rainbow surprise, Catastrophe Cookie Cake, All in one Chocolate Cake, Coffee Cake, Percy Pig, Easter Rocky Road, Bumble Gum Cake, Colourful Afternoon Tea and Chocolate Log, were all displayed for judging.

Excellent Standard of Cakes

The judges, James Brosnan, head baker from Garvey’s SuperValu and Dan Brown, chef lecturer IT Tralee, arrived before 2pm for the very difficult task of picking a winner.

“The judges commented on the excellent standard of the cakes produced by the pupils. They were amazed by the techniques used and the designs created.

They said that their task was so difficult as there was no stand out cake and everyone had done so well.

Restaurant Standard Baking

“They mentioned that cakes were restaurant standard and could be sold in Garvey’s. They were judged on structure, saleability, technique and design.

“Although it was difficult to choose, winners eventually emerged in Una Broderick and Doreen Murphy with their Rainbow Cake.

“In second place was Robyn White and Janine O’Sullivan with their Catastrophe Cookie Cake. Runners up were Joanna Browne and Gabrielle Voveryte with Percy Pig.

Garvey’s SuperValu & IT Tralee

Each of the Cake-Off participants have been invited for a visit to Garvey’s SuperValu and the IT Tralee catering department where they will be have a tour of the facilities and be served lunch on the 10th of April.

“All winners and runners up will have the opportunity to spend a day shadowing the bakers in Garvey’s SuperValu in Castleisland and the winners will attend a practical lecture in the IT Tralee,” said Ms. Killington.

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