Love for literacy is transferred into culinary creations

STUDENTS celebrated their favourite stories and characters by carefully crafting creative cakes.

At Haslingden High School, nearly 40 cakes and ideas were submitted for the World Book Day challenge organised by Librarian Yasmine Choudry and Literacy Lead Charlotte Brown.

She said: “We went into all the year group assemblies and talked about what we were doing and the importance of reading, particularly with the older students.

“It was so lovely to be able to hold a ‘normal’ World Book Day again in school.”

Students could select from different tasks: to design a show-stopper book-themed cake either as a 3D model, a real cake or on paper; create their favourite character from sweets or design a menu for a character

They were rewarded with Amazon vouchers, chocolate or house points.

Holly Goodchild, 12, created 24 Alice in Wonderland cookies complete with rice paper ‘Eat Me’ messages.

She said: “I had recently watched the film of Alice in Wonderland and it is something I like because there are lots of weird creatures in it. I have read the book too.

“We also held a bake sale when we sold cakes for 50p and we made £85 for Rossendale Hospice.”

School has now made the charity total up to £100.

It was Shakespeare’s tragic lovers Romeo and Juliet that inspired Chloe Sheridan to get creative.

She comes from a family of bakers, including her mum and gran, and spent four days making her entry.

Chloe said: “I made a deep cake and on the first layer the fondant was half red and half blue, the colours of the Montagues and the Capulets.

“We are studying Romeo and Juliet in school and the connotations from different texts inspired the cake.”

Around the bottom were daggers and hearts, Chloe made models of the characters from icing and Romeo was on the side of the cake with a rose while Juliet was on her balcony on the top layer of cake.

Aisha Ali, 12, created a stunning piped icing dress on her Rapunzel cake and her younger brother added the glitter to finish the sparkle.

She said: “It is important to read because it improves your language and you learn to understand words better.”

Isobel Wright created Dr Seuss’s ‘The Cat in the Hat’ out of sweets because it is her three-year-old brother’s favourite character.

She said: “I used marshmallows, licorice, strawberry laces and Midget Gems and I picked sweets that I don’t like so that I wouldn’t want to eat them.”

A White Rabbit cake complete with 3D bunny ears was made by Lillie Cryne, 12. She said: “Reading calms me down after I have had a stressful day.

“I am currently reading the Alice Oseman graphic novels.”