Who Ate My Cake?

Entering the kitchen of Cherrywood Castle you discover a crime scene! At around 2 p.m. on Thursday the cook made the King’s favourite cake and left it on the table … BUT it has disappeared without a trace! Can you solve the mystery using the printable sheet music and accompanying online interactive castle game?

Who Ate My Cake is playable on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and is available with a ‘Student’ or ‘Studio‘ licence. The ‘Studio‘ version for teachers includes bonus games and resources and is perfect for music lessons.

All work well during in person lessons and many are ideal for online teaching using platforms like Zoom or Skype. Simply open a web browser on your computer, laptop or tablet, select a game and play!

“Exploring the castle, we climbed the winding stairs to the attic. Anna exclaimed, ‘look! there’s a bottle with a note in it but how do we open it?’ …

Searching through her music book we found a tune called ‘Message in a Bottle’ and started learning it on her instrument. I promised Anna that next lesson we would find the clue hidden in the music to open the bottle!

‘Suspicious Statues’ from the Early Elementary Piano version

Six tunes to learn

Who Ate My Cake includes a printable sheet music book (with clues hidden inside!) to keep forever so you can play your favourite tunes from the mystery as many times as you like! There are six pieces to learn and the book comes in a PDF format for easy printing after checkout.

Three online chapters

Search the castle using three online interactive chapters playable on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Find out more about each of the suspects as you open doors and unravel the mystery. Musical detectives have 6 months access to the online part (12 months with a Studio Licence for teachers) which is plenty of time to close the case.

Case Files and Suspects

Can you solve the mystery by working out the identity of the thief? Keep track with a handy set of Case Files and rule out the suspects one by one. Successful student investigators automatically unlock a printable certificate.

Who was seen hanging around the kitchen door just before the crime took place and why are Freddie and Fiona so upset with the King? Budding detectives make notes on a special case files sheet as they conduct their investigation.

The Sheet Music

Who Ate My Cake includes six original pieces by experienced teacher of 20+ years. Each score uses note values of 1, 2, 3 and 4 beats (the Early Elementary piano version includes notes worth half a beat), dynamic signs, time signatures of 2, 3, and 4 beats in a bar, no key signatures or accidentals, simple musical terms (such as moderato, allegro), and simple musical signs (including the tie, pause, repeat signs)

Suspicious Statues from Early Elementary Piano

Instruments and note ranges are as follows:

  • Beginner Piano: All music is in the five finger hand position around Middle C with hands separate playing.
  • Early Elementary Piano: Hands together playing in a five finger hand position (with no stretching) but in different places on the piano. All tunes stay in one position with no moving or stretching.
  • High Treble Instruments: This includes instruments like the flute or saxophone with all notes on the lines and spaces of the stave.
  • Low Treble Instruments: This version is for instruments like the clarinet with notes below the stave. The lowest note is the ledger line G below Middle C extending up to the G on the second line of the stave.

Bonus games for teachers

The ‘Studio’ version of Who Ate My Cake includes two bonus games. The Kings Guard’ is a customisable game where teachers can drag note values and accidental signs on to the stave and change the time signature. Test note names, time values, time signatures or anything else you wish!

In the second game, can students help Bob find true love in ‘Bob and The Princess’?! This game is also customisable with draggable notes and more.