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Additional Mathematics Project Work 2 2011

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION MALAYSIA

Part I

Cakes come in a variety of forms and flavours and are among

favourite desserts served during special occasions such as
birthday parties, Hari Raya, weddings and etc. Cakes are
treasured not only because of their wonderful taste but also in
the art of cake baking and cake decorating. Find out how
mathematics is used in cake baking and cake decorating and

Part II

Best Bakery shop received an order from your school to bake a 5 kg of round cake as shown
in Diagram 1 for the Teachers’ Day celebration.

h cm

d cm
Diagram 1

1) If a kilogram of cake has a volume of 3800 cm3, and the height of the cake is to be 7.0
cm, calculate the diameter of the baking tray to be used to fit the 5 kg cake ordered by
your school. [Use π = 3.142]

2) The cake will be baked in an oven with inner dimensions of 80.0 cm in length, 60.0 cm
in width and 45.0 cm in height.

a) If the volume of cake remains the same, explore by using different values of
heights, h cm, and the corresponding values of diameters of the baking tray to be

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Additional Mathematics Project Work 2 2011

1.0
2.0
3.0
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:
:

Table 1

(b) Based on the values in your table,

(i) state the range of heights that is NOT suitable for the cakes and
(ii) suggest the dimensions that you think most suitable for the cake. Give

(c) (i) Form an equation to represent the linear relation between h and d.
Hence, plot a suitable graph based on the equation that you have
formed. [You may draw your graph with the aid of computer
software.]

(ii) (a) If Best Bakery received an order to bake a cake where the height of
the cake is 10.5 cm, use your graph to determine the diameter of
the round cake pan required.
(b) If Best Bakery used a 42 cm diameter round cake tray, use your
graph to estimate the height of the cake obtained.

3) Best Bakery has been requested to decorate the cake with fresh cream. The thickness
of the cream is normally set to a uniform layer of about 1 cm.

(a) Estimate the amount of fresh cream required to decorate the cake using the
dimensions that you have suggested in 2(b)(ii).

(b) Suggest three other shapes for cake, that will have the same height and
volume as those suggested in 2(b)(ii). Estimate the amount of fresh cream to
be used on each of the cakes.

(c) Based on the values that you have found which shape requires the least
amount of fresh cream to be used?

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Part III

Find the dimension of a 5 kg round cake that requires the minimum amount of fresh cream to
decorate. Use at least two different methods including Calculus.
State whether you would choose to bake a cake of such dimensions. Give reasons for your

FURTHER EXPLORATION

Best Bakery received an order to bake a multi-storey cake for Merdeka Day celebration, as
shown in Diagram 2.

Diagram 2

The height of each cake is 6.0 cm and the radius of the largest cake is 31.0 cm. The radius of
the second cake is 10% less than the radius of the first cake, the radius of the third cake is
10% less than the radius of the second cake and so on.

(a) Find the volume of the first, the second, the third and the fourth cakes. By comparing
all these values, determine whether the volumes of the cakes form a number pattern?
Explain and elaborate on the number patterns.

(b) If the total mass of all the cakes should not exceed 15 kg, calculate the maximum
number of cakes that the bakery needs to bake. Verify your answer using other
methods.

REFLECTION

While you were conducting the project, what have you learnt? What moral values did you
practise? Represent your opinions or feelings creatively through usage of symbols,
illustrations, drawing or even in a song.