About The Red Velvet Cup Cake Project

 

Red Velvet Cup Cake Project is my science project for 4th Grade at St. Ephrem School in Brooklyn New York.

My 3rd Grade Project was about working out if eggs where fresh or stale and if you want to know how then you can click here to read about it.  This project moves on from there to break the eggs instead …

Over the summer in 2010, my mummy had taught me to make cup cakes using a cake mix.  Later she promised that she would show me how to make a cake from “first principles”.  She said that it was very different to a cake mix because first off you had to start from scratch “creaming the butter and the sugar”.  She said the steps were kind of the opposite of a cake mix because you added the dry things to the wet things instead of the wet things to the dry things.

That made me start thinking … why?

Do you have to follow the steps in the instructions?

What happens if you don’t?

Do you have to use exactly the same ingredients as the recipe?

What happens if you don’t?

Mummy said it was all about chemistry and that baking a cake was about the chemical reactions between the ingredients while you are mixing and while it is baking.  Sometimes it worked and sometimes it was a disaster and sometimes you could discover something completely new just by mixing things up!

So we googled around to find a Red Velvet Cup Cake recipe that we could use and then decided to see what would happen if we did what some of the recipe users suggested. Disobey the instructions!

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  1. Anne says:

    what a fantastic science experiment Annushka – I am sure i would have enjoyed Chemistry a lot more if we had been able to do experiments like this!

  2. […] About The Red Velvet Cup Cake Project « Red Velvet Cup Cake …My science project for grade four – how to do it wrong to get it right Mummy said it was all about chemistry and that baking a cake was about the chemical reactions between the ingredients while you are mixing and while it is baking. … Read Article […]

  3. Annushka says:

    I am now in Grade 7 and I still make Red Velvet cakes but not often.

    Even though I decided the one bowl method was the best, I usually follow the recipe.

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