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Talking about cakes

Taking a break from studying for their IELTS our students have been learning about describing cake.

This Friday, as a break before taking IELTS, the class chose to spend their morning in the kitchen teaching each other to cook cakes from their countries. This gave them the opportunity to practice giving instructions, and to describe the cakes that they ate. During the lesson they also came to understand that the word cake can be subdivided into many different words that all describe the many various forms that a cake can take.

First, match the nine descriptions of the types of cake to their name.

gateau meringue cheesecake
cream pie tart brownie
cupcake gingerbread baba
  1. A rich cake, typically containing layers of cream and fruit
  2. A small, rich sponge cake soaked in a rum-flavoured syrup
  3. A cake made with treacle and flavoured with ginger powder
  4. A rich, sweet tart with a biscuit base and a cream or soft cheese topping
  5. A sweet pie case filled with a rich custard and topped with fuit and whipped cream
  6. A rich chocolate cake with nuts that is cut into squares
  7. A small sponge cake baked into a cup shape with an icing topping
  8. A sweet made from a mixture of egg whites that is baked until crisp
  9. A sweet pastry case containing a fruit filling

 

Second, put the nine descriptive words for cakes into the correct sentence

frosted decorated delicious
light sweet spiced
chocolatey moreish moist
  1. The birthday cake was ________ with candles and icing flowers
  2. That was the best cake I have ever eaten in my life; it was ________!
  3. Some cakes can be very heavy but this was the opposite as it was so ________
  4. How do you make your cakes so ________? Mine are always very dry
  5. Put more sugar in the mixture please. I like my cakes to be very ________
  6. This is a ________ cake as I have added cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace
  7. You can add white, milk or dark to this cake and it needs to be very ________
  8. I could not stop at one slice of this cake and actually ate 3 slices because it was so ________
  9. The cake was a beautiful white colour like ice and snow because it had been ________
Students studying

Answers

Part 1

  1. A rich cake, typically containing layers of cream and fruit = gateau
  2. A small, rich sponge cake soaked in a rum-flavoured syrup = baba
  3. A cake made with treacle and flavoured with ginger powder = gingerbread
  4. A rich, sweet tart with a biscuit base and a cream or soft cheese topping = cheesecake
  5. A sweet pie case filled with a rich custard and topped with fuit and whipped cream = cream pie
  6. A rich chocolate cake with nuts that is cut into squares = brownie
  7. A small sponge cake baked into a cup shape with an icing topping = cupcake
  8. A sweet made from a mixture of egg whites that is baked until crisp = meringue
  9. A sweet pastry case containing a fruit filling = tart

Part 2

  1. The birthday cake was decorated with candles and icing flowers
  2. That was the best cake I have ever eaten in my life; it was delicious!
  3. Some cakes can be very heavy but this was the opposite as it was so light
  4. How do you make your cakes so moist? Mine are always very dry
  5. Put more sugar in the mixture please. I like my cakes to be very sweet
  6. This is a spiced cake as I have added cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace
  7. You can add white, milk or dark to this cake and it needs to be very chocolatey
  8. I could not stop at one slice of this cake and actually ate 3 slices because it was so moreish
  9. The cake was a beautiful white colour like ice and snow because it had been frosted

 

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