So I am going to be using a commercial kitchen in a Senior Center to bake my cakes. The director has asked in lieu of payment to them if I could lead the ladies in some baking projects. What do people suggest? I don't really want to "lead" them while I am doing my cakes, so I thought I'd pick something different each month and do a baking project with them that is seperate from my cake orders. I need to pitch ideas to him this friday. If anyone has some easy ideas I can use I'd really appreciate it!!
What about a tea-party themed baking session? Scones, little fancy cakes etc. Then they could enjoy the tea-party afterwards!
How about starting out with the first project being very simple like how to ice a cake smoothly and do a simple shell border? I bet they would love that. My grandmother made the most delicious cakes, but I remember her adding garnishes like nuts to hide the flaws in the icing--or she did the swirly thing with the knife. I bet she would love to have learned how to smoothly ice a cake, too. hth
That's awesome! Congratulations!
Maybe you could teach classes based on the seasons. For example...do fall baking classes featuring ingredients like pumpkin, apples, cranberries, and/or yams. This could include cakes, cuppies, pies, cookies, quick breads...etc. You also give them lessons on how to make baked goods to give as gifts (especially around the Holidays). The list can go on and on.
Many some of the seniors could share their recipes and memories. I am a therapist in a nursing home. Although I can bake, I purchase pre-shaped cookies, let the patients bake and decorate them with icing and sprinkles. They love it!!