It’s only been a couple of weeks, but already Earth Science Week feels like a very long time ago! And it’s not over yet – it is at last (drumroll….) time to announce the results of the Great Schools Geobakeoff!
After the success of the inaugural geobakeoff in April, we weren’t sure if such baking heights could ever be reached again. But we need not have feared. Individuals, class teams and even some teachers (teachers, you have unfortunately all been disqualified) stepped up to the mark, to produce an array of baked geological delights. We salute you all!
Before we announce the five winners, some special mentions:
A level student Gemma Tibbits of Range High School for the first cake based interpretation of global warming we’ve seen!
The team at Ringwood School for a fabulous array, from trilobites to erratics!
And Thomas Yardley of King Edward VI Grammar School, for a dinosaur cake accompanied by a great description of how dinosaur fossils are formed and preserved.
See our flickr album for all the brilliant entries!
But there could only be five winners….
In no particular order, here are our winning creations:
Ellie Comer, Emma Warrington, Elysia Crowley, Sophie Moore, Tina Gillespy and Nia Jones, Year 11, Whitchurch High School, Cardiff
The Whitchurch School team describe their volcano cake as ‘a layered red velvet and madeira cake, which represents ancient lava flows and ash layers.’ It also involves Nutella, strawberry jelly and red buttercream, but frankly, you had us at red velvet. They conclude, in a litany of geolsoc blog-worthy punning;
‘Could you call us great bakers and geologists? Of quartz you could! Our cake ain’t no schist, but if you find anything wrong with it, just blame Saint Andreas – it’s all his fault.’
Year 2, Roman Way First School
After learning about dinosaurs and the time periods in which they roamed the Earth, Mrs Baxter’s class excelled themselves by creating a geological timeline in cake! It even includes a dig site where geologists uncover their fossilised remains…
Says class teacher Mrs Baxter: ‘This activity enabled the children to draw on their knowledge as well as develop their cooking skills. The end result (as the photographs show) was fantastic and it tasted delicious too!’
Amber Gardner, age 11, Torquay Girls Grammar School
We were really impressed with this recreation of a glacier in cake form! Accompanied by a detailed description of how glaciers form in mountain ranges, Amber notes:
‘This cake represents the formation of a glacier in a mountain range. The mountains surround an arm chair shape and when a glacier is formed, it is called a cirque. Glaciers form when snow remains in the same place all year round, where the snow eventually turns into ice.’
A tricky concept to pull off in cake form, and we loved the result!
Esme O’Brien Thomas, age 9, Barnes Primary School
We always love an Earth cake, but this one comes with the added bonus of Antarctic penguins, a sign post to the centre of the Earth, and continents cut out using an atlas as a template.
Esme says: ‘My cake is representing the world. It has the layers of the Earth, such as its crust, mantle, outer core and inner core. This was made by adding food colouring to the sponge mixture so I could get different colour layers.’
She also notes that she had no help from Mum or Dad to create the final result! We hope it tasted as good as it looks.
India Maxwell-Roberts, age 8, Manorcroft Primary School, Egham, Surrey
Though not strictly geological in its entirety, we loved this recreation of India’s fish tank, reimagined as the Great Barrier Reef – with a Finding Nemo twist! Incorporating various marine species, including some colourful corals, it has to be the most biodiverse – and colourful! – geobakeoff entry we’ve yet seen.
India’s dad says ‘India is a keen budding scientist, and has a fascination with marine biology. She wanted to make a cake that represented the different species of marine life on the Barrier Reef, including the corals and anemones. She is partly inspired by watching the life unfold in our marine fish tank that we’ve had for the last few years (picture attached!)
Congratulations to all our winners – prizes will be winging their way to you soon!
A huge thank you to all the schools and individuals who took part, we had so much fun viewing all of your entries! We look forward to seeing you for the next great geobakeoff extravaganza….