6, 5, 4
1 serve of Madeira cake (pre-made)
Cold milk for soaking the cake
100ml pre-made custard
- IDDSI Level 6 Soft and Bite-Sized
- Cut the cake into 1.5cm x 1.5cm pieces. Add milk on top to just soak into the cake. Soak for a few minutes.
- Testing IDDSI Level 6: Test that the cake easily breaks apart with a fork and passes the fork pressure test, by pressing it with a fork and ensuring it stays squashed once removing the fork. If it does, then cut it into 1.5cm pieces.
- Serving: Pour the custard into a bowl. Place the cake carefully on top of the bowl of custard.
- IDDSI Level 5 Minced & Moist
- In a bowl, place the cake (break apart with a fork) and add enough cold milk to soak the cake. Leave for a few minutes to soak. (if you add too much milk, stain the milk)
- Testing IDDSI Level 5: Check the cake using the spoon tilt method: the food should hold its shape on the spoon, then fall off the spoon easily when tilted. Adjust as required. The pieces should be no larger than 4mm and should pass through the tines of a fork.
- Serving: Pour the custard into a bowl. Place the cake carefully on top of the bowl of custard. Serve with cream.
- IDDSI Level 4 Pureed
- In a bowl, place the cake (break apart with a fork) and add enough cold milk to soak the cake. Leave for a few minutes to soak. (if you add too much milk, strain the milk). Place in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Testing IDDSI Level 4: Check the cake using the spoon tilt method: the food should hold its shape on the spoon, then fall off the spoon easily when tilted. Then do the fork drip test, by picking up some puree with a fork and ensuring no liquid drips through the tines of the fork. Adjust as required by adding more cake or milk.
- Serving: Place the puree pudding in the bottom of a dish or bowl and top with custard. To add some colour and flavour, add a little strawberry topping. Top with cream.
Test the texture: Is it IDDSI Level 6 Soft and Bite-Sized?
- Soft, tender and moist, but with no thin liquid leaking or dripping for the food
- Ability to ‘bite off’ a piece of food is not required
- Ability to chew ‘bite-sized’ pieces so that they are safe to swallow is required
- ‘Bite size’ pieces no bigger than 1.5cm x 1.5cm in size
- Food can be mashed or broken down with the pressure from a fork
- A knife is not required to cut this food
Test the texture: Is it IDDSI Level 5 Minced & Moist?
- Soft and Moist, but with no liquid leaking or dripping from the food
- Biting is not required
- Minimal chewing required
- Lumps of 4mm in size (fit through prongs of a fork)
- Lumps can be mashed with the tongue
- Food can be easily mashed with just a little pressure from a fork
- Should be able to scoop food onto a fork, with no liquid dripping and no crumbles falling off the fork
Test the texture: Is it IDDSI Level 4 Pureed?
- Are usually eaten with a spoon
- Does not require chewing
- Have a smooth texture with no lumps
- Puree holds shape on a spoon
- Falls off the spoon when tilted (not sticky)
- Gravies and sauces must not separate from the puree