Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Windows and Mirrors: A Program about Diversity for Grades 4-5

Alternate Activity 1: Chocolate Tomato Cake

Materials for Activity

  • Recipe for a chocolate cake made with tomato, and required ingredients
  • Baking supplies
  • Plates, forks and napkins

Preparation for Activity

  • Search online or in cookbooks for a chocolate cake recipe that uses tomatoes or tomato soup as an ingredient. Or, use a Rachel Ray Chocolate Cake recipe that includes mayonnaise and hot, brewed coffee.
  • If your congregation has baking facilities you can use, plan to make the cake with participants before the session begins so it is ready to serve after your Closing. Or make the cake yourself before the session.

Description of Activity

Allow participants to taste a cake made with an unlikely ingredient. See if anyone can taste the unlikely ingredient. Ask children to think of other foods that are made with an ingredient that, by itself, would not seem appealing. Point out that the tasty snack gives the unlikely ingredient-like the cracked pot-a way to share its special gifts.

Including All Participants

Check with your director of religious education, parents and participants for food allergies. If any participant is allergic to any ingredient in a recipe, adapt the recipe or skip this activity.