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PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle Secondary Secondary

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy


1. Go to the following recipe site:


2. Select one recipe to create


a. Salted Caramel Tart
b. Tarte Tatin
c. Chocolate eclair (p.3)

3. Go to your local bakery and select something similar to what you have created. Check out and compare:

a. The cost
b. The look
c. The taste

What was better? Why? Was the cost very different?



 The Sugar Bite

  MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability


1. Jade Esler, 17 [2019] Jerrabomberra in NSW ran her business The Sugar Bite - she has since finished this business as it provided her with enough money to pay for her flight lessons.

The Sugar Bite was a licenced food business with the ACT Department of Health, with all required food handling certifications obtained. Jade sold her cupcakes at EPIC Markets and The Old Depot Markets as well as selling to local cafes – Jerrabomberra Café and Jamossa Café. She has now qualified as a Pilot with the earnings from this business which unfortunately is now closed. However, we can still learn a lot from Jade!

The Sugar Bite Jade Esler
Jade at 14 selling her cupcakes at the markets

2. Research: Go to the website, The Sugar Bite [
Web Archive Only - you will need permission from your school IT person to go to this website]

o How did she start?
o What lessons she has learnt from running The Sugar Bite
o What has been the hardest thing about setting up her business?
o What advice would she give to those who wish to start up their own business?

3. You are to see what it is like to create cupcakes!

a. Go to the Taste website:

Basic Cupcakes

b. Buy the ingredients for these cupcakes and patty pans. Also for the Buttercream Topping (see below). (keep the docket to check on prices later)
Patty pans
Patty Pans

c. Make the 24 cupcakes.

d. Make the Buttercream Topping:
(Source: Food Network)

For the buttercream topping
250g butter
500g icing sugar (sifted)
2 tsp milk
12 raspberries
Chocolate flakes (or chocolate chips)

Once the cakes have cooled completely, put the buttercream mixture into a piping bag with a large star nozzle and squeeze plenty of buttercream onto each cupcake.

Sprinkle chocolate flakes or chocolate chips over the top of the buttercream and, finally, pop a raspberry on the top!

4. Work out the cost of each of your cupcakes. If Jade sells each cupcake for $4 and they are similar to yours - how much profit will she make per cupcake?

5. Would you consider going into business creating cupcakes or other delicious pastries? Why? Why not?

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