I loved Maths when I was at school and it’s true to say that helping with Maths homework even now gives me a numerical buzz.
I love the clarity that there is a right and a wrong answer; I love the satisfaction gained from finding an elegant solution to a tricky equation; I love the addictiveness of algebra, the challenge of geometry and the excitement of trigonometry.
But what could be better than a high school maths lesson? A high school maths lesson with cake!
Finn had an amazing Maths teacher last year. Her knowledge went without saying but her enthusiasm for teaching, her dedication to the students and her upbeat, lively approach to her subject made her priceless. At the end of the term, she declared the final lesson before the holidays to be Cake Day and the students all brought in cakes to share while they did their Maths. Does it get any better than that …?
Finn takes his food very seriously – especially his cakes – and he thought long and hard about what he wanted to take into class. It needed to be homemade for sure; probably would involve some chocolate and maybe some gooey caramel too; would be individual cakes (much easier to manage) and would be completely delicious.
And so, from his mood board, the Chocolate and Caramel Cupcakes were born. Inspired by a Rachel Allen recipe for a Layered Chocolate and Caramel Cake, the cake mix was divided into three equal quantities and then flavoured with chocolate, caramel and vanilla. These create a marbled effect in the sponge once cooked. Gorgeous….