Battle of the cakes as kids bid to make profit

(left to right)  Judge and cooking advisor Sanita Garley from The Tea Rooms in Alresford, with Lacie Bray (11) and Meghan Penny (11)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131742-7899)
(left to right) Judge and cooking advisor Sanita Garley from The Tea Rooms in Alresford, with Lacie Bray (11) and Meghan Penny (11)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131742-7899)
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CHILDREN have become mini-entrepreneurs by selling cakes as part of their own business.

The pupils from Red Barn Primary School in Portchester have been studying food and drink.

And as part of the project, they had a visit from a professional cake maker who shared ways of decorating cakes to make them more appealing to the customer.

Each child created a final design and set up individual companies, exploring things like brands, logos and methods of advertising.

Every pupil then entered their own Dragons’ Den-style pitch to the headteacher and a governor. They selected the companies they believed would make the most profit.

Year 6 teacher Gavin Bater, said the project covered all aspects of the curriculum.

He said: ‘It’s very much about children’s engagement. Because they are interested in it they are more likely to learn and are more engaged.

‘The range of brands was absolutely fantastic.

‘They did some market research across the school to see what was popular.’

From there the children sold their cakes to other pupils, with the one making the most profit being crowned as the winner.

The cakes included a rugby cake, an animal cake and one themed on the popular boyband One Direction cake.

Mr Bater added: ‘I’m just delighted with it. The standard of the cakes was fantastic.’

A prize of afternoon tea for two has been offered for the child who makes the most profit.

All profits will be donated to a charity of the children’s choice.