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Bulldog Bake Shoppe Bake-Off! 8th Grade bake into business!

Collage of student bakers with desserts, baking desserts, and staff judging desserts. Clip art bulldog baking with supplies, Text Reads: Bulldog Bake-off
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In Mrs. Walton's class, the air was sweet with the scent of desserts as eighth-grade students showcased their new culinary and creative skills in the Poland Bake Shoppe Bake-Off!

Students huddle over baking supplies. One student is squeezing icing out of a piping bag.

At each oven, teams of students launched their pop-up bakeries, complete with freshly baked desserts and business plans. This included choosing a company name, designing a logo, and crafting a slogan. Additionally, teams produced a commercial and prepared social media advertisements to showcase their marketing strategies. Their challenge extended to developing a pitch deck to present to the judges.

Girl wearing apron, using plastic cooking knife to cut cheesecake.

"Cheapskate's Cheesecake" were not cheeseparing when it came to marketing! The team heavily invested in their brand value with team shirts featuring their logo!

5 students wearing matching shirts containing "Cheapskate's Cheesecake" logo. 5 students facing backwards with matching shirts to display a large "Cheapskate's Cheesecake" logo.

"One Hot Cupcake" turned their love for cupcakes into a business, proposing a model based around a home bakery setup. They adopted a punch card system to encourage repeat customers!

Five students with aprons on. Two students are holding plates of cupcakes.

"Great Lakes Bakery" drew inspiration from the local scenery for their desserts. They focused on modifying classic recipes to capture the essence of the Great Lakes.

Five students with aprons. One student is holding red velvet cookie cakes.

"Batter Up Bakery" channeled local sports culture, particularly by partnering with the Cleveland Guardians. Buying eight of their desserts would earn customers a free ticket to a Guardians game!

Five students with aprons. On the counter, there is a brownie cake and red velvet cheesecake.

Presentation proved to be difficult for "Poland Pastries", incorporating ice cream to their cookie cake. Sometimes taste trumps display, especially when some tastebuds prefer ice cream slightly melted!

Students in aprons, one student holding cookie cake with ice cream

As final touches were made, the judges entered.

As if Gordon Ramsay himself had come in to record an episode of MasterChef, the students scrambled to prepare for Mr. Snyder and Mr. Daley's stops at their stations. Mr. Snyder thoroughly tested every group, making sure they measured every cup and leveled every teaspoon. Consequently, the bakers couldn't help but giggle their way through their presentations. 

Mr. Snyder and student bakers huddled around Chromebook to view presentation.

Mr. Daley found it challenging to choose a winner after just one tasting of the desserts, suggesting that a second round might be necessary to make a definitive decision.

Mr. Daley sitting at table with desserts in front of him

As the ovens cooled and the dishes magically washed themselves... the Poland Bake-Off proved to be a recipe for success.

Group of 5 students at oven with cupcakes on oven. The students are celebrating.


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