Cue Card Sample

An occasion when you bought/made a special cake - Cue Card # 629

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an occasion when you bought/made a special cake.

You should say:

  • what the occasion was
  • why you bought/made the cake
  • whom you ate it with

and explain why the cake was special.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

My nephew just loved eating German chocolate cake whether there was an occasion for it or not. But an occasion makes it even more fun as you get to share it with your friends and families alike. The occasion was a birthday party of my nephew, who turned 7, about a couple of months ago, and we decided to celebrate it with a big German chocolate cake. It had to be a big cake as per the “order” of my nephew since he wanted to invite all of his classmates from his elementary class!

The search for the best kind of cake was in full force as I, along with my brother, started hitting the cake-baking shops one after another. We even tried a few pieces of cake ourselves in an attempt to find the best kind(s). Then, after spending a hectic 2 hours in the streets/shops, we found what we were exactly looking for, and immediately decided to order for one. The big brown German chocolate cake, no less than 12 pounds, would be ready after one week. Finally, we were ready to celebrate the best birthday ever, at least my nephew thought so!

Was it a special cake? Of course, it was a very a special cake not because of its signature taste from the best kind of melted chocolate, buttermilk, whipped egg whites and coconut pecan filling, but because of how it made my nephew and his friends feel special and happy. It was a heavenly sight to see a bunch of kids laughing, playing and enjoying each other’s company over a cake - my kind nephew didn’t forget to offer me a slice even though he was busy with his friends.

So, how exactly did the cake taste? Well, you know that the cake tasted “awesome” when a bunch of kids asks for just the same kind of cake with the same taste every day!

Model Answer 2:

A cake is an inevitable part of a birthday celebration, and without blowing the birthday candle and cutting the cake, a birthday party seems incomplete. Thank you very much for this great topic, and, I would like to share my experience of celebrating my mom's 50th birthday for which I bought a special cake.

It was my mom's 50th birthday in the middle of June last year, and I planned with my sister to make it special by rejoicing the day. My parents are very enthusiastic about celebrating our birthday every year but when it comes to celebrating their birthday, they are quite adamant and give different excuses. Last year, we celebrated my mom's birthday without even letting her know about it. I and my sister went to a large bakery shop earlier that day and picked a 3-pound eggless truffle cake, which is my mom's favourite, and we purchased the cake to surprise her.

In the evening, a few relatives and two friends of mine came to our house, and we asked my mom to come to my room. All the birthday arrangements, including the cake and gifts, were hidden in my room. When my parents entered my room, a bunch of surprises were waiting for them. My parents became speechless, and I was so happy to see their smiles. My mother cut the cake, and we sang the birthday song for her. It was a large cake considering the number of people, and we all enjoyed it. Later that night, we went to a renowned Chinese restaurant and enjoyed dinner together as a family.

The cake was special because it was meant for the birthday of a very special person in our life - my mother. I have bought many cakes including birthday cakes on different occasions but purchasing a cake for my mother was something truly special as it made her happy. It was not merely a cake but a gesture of our love for her, and our gratefulness for everything she has done and still doing for us.


Model Answer 3:

For this excellent topic, I've decided to talk about the memorable occasion when I made a special cake for my mother's birthday. It was her 50th birthday celebration, and I wanted to do something extraordinary to mark this significant milestone in her life.

I decided to bake a three-layer chocolate ganache cake, as chocolate has always been her favourite indulgence. The occasion called for something truly special, and I wanted to put in the effort to create a cake that reflected the depth of my love and appreciation for her.

The decision to bake the cake myself was driven by my desire to personalize the celebration and create a heartfelt gesture that would be cherished by my mother. I spent hours researching recipes and techniques to ensure that the cake turned out "perfect". From carefully selecting the finest ingredients to meticulously decorating the cake with intricate designs, every step was infused with love and dedication.

On the day of her birthday, I presented the cake to my mother amidst a gathering of our close family and friends. Seeing the joy and surprise on her face as she admired the cake filled my heart with immense happiness. We shared the cake together, cutting slices for everyone to enjoy as we reminisced about cherished memories and celebrated the wonderful person my mother is.

The cake was special not only because of its delicious taste and exquisite presentation but also because of the love and effort that went into making it. It symbolized the bond between my mother and me, as well as the appreciation and gratitude I have for her presence in my life. It was a memorable occasion filled with love, laughter, and heartfelt moments that will be cherished for years to come.

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