Old Fashioned Bake Sales

Old Fashioned Bake Sales
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Bake sales are a classic fundraiser for schools, churches and many other organizations. Homemade baked goods simply never go out of style.

It's also a nice way to lend a hand to your local school or church even if you are short on time and money. If no one else is organizing a bake sale, consider doing it yourself, asking permission beforehand, of course.

Plan on having a mixture of baked goods and snacks marked at various prices for a successful sale. Small bags containing two cookies, two to three pieces of fudge or a large brownie, could be priced at 50 cents for an excellent lower priced item. Bags of snack or trail mix can be priced at $1.00 a bag, while larger items like loaves of bread or pies can be priced at $6.00 or more. A variety of prices will offer something for everyone's budget.

Rather than putting out a call for baked goods in general, which could result in a lot of the same items, put together a list and ask people to check off what they can make, giving their phone number, email and name on the form.

The following are suggestions for items:

chocolate chip cookies
peanut butter cookies
oatmeal cookies
brownies with nuts
brownies without nuts
peanut brittle
chocolate fudge
peanut butter fudge
quick breads* (see recipe below)
snack and/or trail mixes
homemade white or wheat bread

Some people may have baked goods other than what is on your list, so leave a blank spot available on the form for those people to fill in what they will bring. Having a list will give you an idea of what will be coming in, and if more is needed, there will be time to ask for more help. Some people do better if given an idea of what to bring. Printing out recipes can be helpful as well. The recipe below is very easy and cake mixes can be bought ahead of time while on sale. I've used this recipe and it's variations for years and always receive complements.

Pistachio Bread Recipe

1 package yellow or white cake mix, any brand
4 eggs
1/4 cup oil
2 tablespoons water
1 3 ounce package pistachio pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix the dry cake mix, eggs, oil, water, dry pudding mix, and sour cream. Mix well with an electric mixer. Divide between the two loaf pans, pouring into the pans and scraping the bowl clean with a rubber spatula. Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl with a fork. Splitting the sugar mixture between the two pans, sprinkle it on top and lightly run a butter knife through the batter so the sugar mixes into it slightly.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, placing the loaf pans on a cookie sheet on the middle rack. Test if it's done after 45 minutes, using a toothpick. Bake 10 minutes longer if necessary. Cool, and slice or wrap in plastic wrap to sell the entire loaf.

-Carrot cake mix with vanilla pudding
-Spice cake mix with vanilla or pumpkin pudding (seasonal)
-Add 1/2 cup chopped or crushed walnuts or pecans to the batter
-German chocolate cake mix with coconut pudding

The topping can be changed as well, using coconut and brown sugar with no cinnamon.  Pumpkin pie or apple pie spice can be used instead of cinnamon.

This batter can be used with any size bread pan. It should be 1/4-1/2 inch from the top of the pan.

Lastly, ask a few talented teenagers to make prices signs and signs to direct customers to the bake sale area. Check the local newspaper to see if they will announce the sale ahead of time.

Bake sales with a variety of baked goods priced for customers of any budget will always be successful if planned out properly and announced to the community beforehand.


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.


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