Culinary arts students bake cakes for Christmas (PHOTOS)

Alyssa Whitehead

Alyssa Whitehead watches as Jordan Chance decorates his cake's wreath design with a sugar-free, cream cheese-based icing.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 02:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Richbourg Exceptional Student Education School student Jovontae Griffin squeezed the last bit of icing from a pastry bag and managed to complete Santa's rosy complexion.

"That was close!" he said with a big grin.

Jovontae and his partner, Shyanne Stuckey, were two of eight students in teacher Shirley Godbold's afternoon culinary arts class who, working in teams of two, made square cakes and decorated them with Christmas motifs.

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Students followed recipes to mix the batter and icing, bake the cakes, ice them and then decorate them, Godbold said.

"The cakes, the icing, everything's from scratch," Godbold said. "We don't do anything that's out of a box. Everything's from scratch. That way they learn the process."

Her morning and afternoon culinary classes, comprising mostly high school-age students, have produced a wide range of food, including homemade tortillas, pizzas, coffee cakes and muffins.

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