Gympie High students Shane Andersen, Jack McCudden, Chanel Gall with their decorated cakes.
Gympie High students Shane Andersen, Jack McCudden, Chanel Gall with their decorated cakes. Craig Warhurst

Students take the cake

GYMPIE State High School hospitality students are having their cake and decorating it too, and the results are spectacular.

Under the tutelage and guidance of teachers Alison Keillor, Gaye Calvert and professional cake decorator Del Morrison, 28 Year 12 students have produced a stunning array of creations featuring a wildly imaginative mix of themes.

The cakes, a culmination of an eight-week course, are graded and results go toward their end of year marks.

For Chanel Gall, the subject has been the highlight of her schooling.

It’s inspired her enough to consider cake decorating as a career.

“This has been my favourite aspect of school,” she says, proudly showing off her elegant workmanship – the crowning glory – delicate handmade frangipani flowers.

The cakes are entered in the cookery section of the Gympie Show. Chief steward Anne Long is full of praise for the students’ efforts, with the decorated cakes from Gympie High a renowned focal point for show patrons.

A hospitality teacher for 30 years, Ms Keillor says every year sees students put in a top effort.

“This group has really come on board with the cake decorating. They came up with a lot of their own ideas and have shown a great deal of creativity,” she said.

Students developed their decorating techniques making sugar Easter eggs in the first week of the course. They then baked a traditional fruit cake, iced it, made the decorations and finally put it all together.

Four teachers have also entered decorated cakes in the show, and around 100 Year 9 and 10 students will enter plates of jam drops, peanut biscuits, scones and pikelets.

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