Children bake up some festive spirit at school

Children with their Christmas cakes.
Children with their Christmas cakes.
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Youngsters at a Spalding school are helping to bake up some Christmas treats for elderly people.

Children in years 5 and 6 at Spalding Parish Church of England School have been working with Carolyn Aldis to make Christmas cakes this term.

They made the mix, are marzipaning and icing the cakes and sculpting Christmas themed cake toppers out of icing too.

Once the cakes are finished, the children will be delivering the cakes they have made to elderly residents in the town.

Carolyn said: “We’ve been going through the process for five weeks.

“I’ve been feeding the cakes with sherry every week to keep them moist, so they should taste great.

“The cakes are small enough for one person, and each child has made two to distribute.”

There are 120 children making the cakes, so a whopping 240 cakes will be bringing a smile to the faces of elderly residents in South Holland this Christmas.

The school began the tradition last year and hope to carry it on for years to come.

Carolyn said: “We had some spare cakes left over last year, so we delivered them to some of the elderly people who live in the bungalows near the school.

“They went down really well so we definitely wanted to carry the tradition on to this year.

“It’s a really good community thing – we are very community focused at the school.

“As we are a Church of England school, we also believe that the children should learn about giving at Christmas and how it can benefit those around us.”

While there is a strong message based around community and giving to the Christmas cakes, there has also been an opportunity to discover if the children have a potential career in the culinary profession.

Carolyn said: “As I teach cookery, I’ve been able to see the skills that the children have and I can encourage them to think about going into catering one day if I see the potential.

“It’s also really good to commend the children for something like this – many have never worked with icing before but they seem to love it. We have a constant conveyer belt action going on of cakes in various stages of production – and it’s been a lot of fun.”