Chef’s Corner: Pumpkin Shaped Cake

     Fall is here and with fall comes many fall traditions, like baking.

     Senior Maegan Alderman says, “During the fall season my mom and I have a tradition on Halloween Eve to bake something fall or Halloween related.”

     Baking during the holidays and in different seasons is something that many people do to get in spirit and also get a delicious reward in the end as well. 

     Fall especially has many different types of baked goods that are popular throughout the season, such as pumpkin or apple pie, snickerdoodles, apple cobbler, etc. Some people struggle with baking and are unsuccessful in their results. 

     Mrs. Bernadette Sobel, a culinary teacher, gave some tips for not only baking cake, but any baked good to help people become more successful in baking:


1. First when baking be sure to use the correct size baking pan. Whatever is the closest to the one recommended in the recipe.

2. Measure the ingredients very accurately. There is not much margin for error when baking.

3. Never use old or expired leavening agents, baking powder, baking soda etc.

4. Preheat the oven to the correct temperature. Remember, sometimes the oven may take 15 minutes to preheat. Never put the baking product into the oven before the oven has fully preheated.

5. Place the pans in the oven correctly.

6. Follow instructions with regard to cooling your baked product.