Their Super Delicious Strawberry Pineapple Cake recipe recently took home the grand prize in Dole’s “Get Cooking With Fruit Student Recipe Contest”.
Students in Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills Support Class used this opportunity for a cross-curricular activity that included math, reading, community-based instruction, technology and science. Students researched Dole products, viewed their available products at a grocery store, brainstormed ideas on incorporating Dole products into a recipe, calculated costs of needed ingredients and supplies, invented a recipe, revised the recipe and then wrote, typed and emailed the final recipe.
“Needless to say, we baked a strawberry/pineapple cake multiple times and worked on gathering feedback to modify the recipe. I am beyond excited and so are my students,” Tuttle said.
This contest was open to all students within the U.S., and recipes were judged on creativity, visual appeal, incorporation of fruit and originality.
The recipe they entered was featured in James W. Parker Middle School’s cafeteria for their Thanksgiving holiday meal dessert. Food Service Director Nicole Keller submitted the recipe.
“Since the life skills class often participates as a group, we decided to not only use this contest as a teaching tool for kitchen and culinary skills, but also as an activity that promoted teamwork and creative thinking,” Keller said. “I was lucky enough to be a taste tester for all five recipes they came up with including their final entry, which was a culmination of a lot of effort and pride.”
Students won one of the three National Grand Prizes and will be receiving individual achievement certificates, a school plaque, a $3,000 Learning Garden, and ten cases of Dole Fruit Cups for their cafeteria. The Learning Garden provides schools with raised garden beds, soil, seeds, cart & tools, and interpretive signs so students can start their own 80 square foot raised garden.