I Need Help With Bake Sale Ideas.

Decorating By BakingGirl Updated 29 May 2009 , 3:36am by kellertur

BakingGirl Posted 28 May 2009 , 3:02am
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I am on the PTA at school and we are doing a big sale of used books and toys in a couple of weeks. I have volunteered to set up a table for baked goods as well. The sale will be at 8 in the morning so I don't really want to be baking that morning, so I am looking for recipes for baked goods which I can bake a day or two before the sale.

So if you have a good recipe which you go to for this sort of occasion I would be grateful if you shared. thumbs_up.gif

19 replies
TexasSugar Posted 28 May 2009 , 3:25am
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What about muffins, you could do blueberry, banana nut, stuff like that.

Cookies... chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar cookies.


jammjenks Posted 28 May 2009 , 3:49am
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brownies and RKT always are a big hit at bake sales around here.

Curtsmin24 Posted 28 May 2009 , 4:01am
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Banana muffins, cherry muffins. Biscotti. coffeecakes. Anything dipped in chocolate always sells but since it's early I would go with muffins and cookies. Maybe cinnamon rolls. I'm getting hungry now. icon_biggrin.gif

cylstrial Posted 28 May 2009 , 11:49am
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Like everyone else said, cookies, RKT, brownies. Maybe you could sell some water or some drinks.

cakes22 Posted 28 May 2009 , 12:05pm
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I organized a bake sale for a hockey tournament (i'll never do that again)

We had brownies, RKT's, cookies, muffin, cupcakes. The usual stuff. But we also sold full loaves (banana bread, cherry loaf), and half loaves & slices. We sold cookies by the dozen, and 1/2 dozen. I had a woman who did homemade chocolates make some little individual chocolate (molded like hockey players & goalies). There were candy kabobs too. I also make a couple of mini cakes and had one 8"cake available. We also did mixed bags of nuts or chex mix.

Good luck!!!

oneyracing Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:13pm
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i would have to agree with the above post...rkt, brownies, stuff that you will be able to make alot...i live in ohio so homemade buckeyes are a great seller here...

juleskaye518 Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:19pm
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Bags of monkey munch, and i think magic bars are a good idea too.
The monkey munch (puppy chow) makes a lot and a couple scoops ina ziplock will do very well.

BakingGirl Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:29pm
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Thank you all for your great suggestions!

My thought was to do a selection of muffins, seems like the right thing to offer in the morning, but great to have all the other suggestions as well.

OK, what is Monkey Munch? I have never heard of it. And Magic Bars?? Cakes22, how did the full loves / cakes sell? I have a couple of really good recipes for loaf cakes that I had thought about doing, maybe baking them in the disposable foil pans so I could sell big and small sized loaves. But not sure if people would buy.

If it were me coming to a sale in the morning and saw cinnamon rolls I would definitively buy. But again, I need to be there at 7 am so I can't make them that morning. If I bake the rolls last thing the night before do you think they would be fresh enough to be sold in the morning?

mpaigew Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:35pm
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When I do bakesales, I always do a lot of individually packaged items (chocolate chip cookies and rkt sell the quickest.)

Pretty much any of your baked items can be made one or two days in advance, as long as they are packaged correctly, or stored properly until you are ready to package them.

I've done more bake sales than I can even remember, and the items that are packaged nicely sell the quickest. I always do my individual stuff in the cellophane Wilton cookie/chocolate bags, and tie them with a ribbon. I also use rolls of cellophane (can be found at AC Moore or Michaels, and for less w/a coupon) and package trays of cookies/brownies/whatever with that and a ribbon instead of saran wrap. It's a lot more work, but you can charge a little more because they look so nice. And believe me, you will sell out of those the quickest!

Good luck!

cakes22 Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:41pm
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The loaves sold quickly. I had about 4 full loaves and 6 half loaves of various flavours and I was surprise that they went as quickly as they did. So did the slices, which were on individual plates. There were also the mini-loaves, which we sold individually and by the 1/2 dz.
I think the cinnamon buns will be alright if made the night before.

If your looking for packaging and don't want to spend a lot, I went to all the grocery stores in our area and asked if they would be willing to donate cake boxes, muffin/cupcake plastic containers etc. The majority of them did or I paid something like $1.00 for 6 boxes. hmmmmm, I should do that next time I need to bake a cake....lol!!

mpaigew Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:41pm
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My thought was to do a selection of muffins, seems like the right thing to offer in the morning, but great to have all the other suggestions as well.

If you do, make sure to package some individually.

OK, what is Monkey Munch?

Also called "puppy chow." It's chex cereal w/peanut butter, chocolate and coated with confectioners sugar. It's SO ADDICTIVE. Do a search for puppy chow on allrecipes.

how did the full loves / cakes sell? I have a couple of really good recipes for loaf cakes that I had thought about doing, maybe baking them in the disposable foil pans so I could sell big and small sized loaves. But not sure if people would buy.

I always make about 5 loaves of pumpkin bread for my bake sales. I don't use disposable pans...I just wrap them up in saran wrap and tie them with a bow. I charge about $5 for quick breads, and between my loaves and others that are donated, I never have any left.

bbmom Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:42pm
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A big seller for me is homemade bread(yeast bread) People go crazy for it. A lot of people dont bake but can make a quick bread from a box or brownies but wont even attempt yeast bread. It always sells fast wheneverits on the table.

CookieD-oh Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:44pm
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My cousin made cookies and cream rice krispie treats and shipped them to some of our troops overseas, so I guess that means that they keep well! She got the recipe here:


BakingGirl Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:45pm
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Thank you all for the input, it is so helpful! I have never done a bake sale before so I am very wet behind the ears when it comes to what sells and what does not sell. And thanks for all the tips regarding packaging, that is good to know. I am looking forward to starting baking now!

cakes22 Posted 28 May 2009 , 1:48pm
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Ohhhh, those cookie & creme rkt's sound soooo yummy. Have you ever had Sweet Marie rkt? Ohhhh, to die for. You use corn syrup and peanut butter mixed together and rk's, mix all together throw in some peanuts, then top off with melted semi-sweet chocolate. Yummy yum yum!!

BakingGirl Posted 28 May 2009 , 2:11pm
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bbmom, good idea about the yeast bread. I did think about it as I do occasionally bake bread myself. I even have a sourdough starter in the fridge for when the urge hits me. But not so sure if I can bake the night before, I tend to bake European style bread with the really crunchy crust which is best really freshly baked. Hmmm, all this bread talk makes me want to bake a loaf for myself... off to the kitchen....

Those Oreo RKT look wild. Like RKT were not sweet enough on their own - Hey, lets add some chocolate, oh and I know, what about some Oreos?? I have a feeling those would be a huuuuge hit among the children coming to the sale so I think those are definitively a winner.

mbelgard Posted 28 May 2009 , 2:15pm
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Make sure you have some stuff to sell individually. That way while people are walking around looking at stuff they have something to munch on.

When the kindergarten at our school did their bake sale this year they sold everything like that. They were pretty clever with it, it was during conferences and they were set up by the door to catch all the parents who were dragging their kids with and all the teachers were staying 4 hours late so they were hungry and tired.

Shelle_75 Posted 28 May 2009 , 3:14pm
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I always do brownies in the disposable 8x8 foil pans w/ lids. One of the best ideas I've seen on here was IndyDebi's, to put individual servings of cake on a disposable plate w/a disposable fork and seal it in a baggie, kind of a to-go thing they can eat right away.

kellertur Posted 29 May 2009 , 3:36am
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Someone might have mentioned this (haven't read all yet), but what about: "Whoopie Pies"? OR "Cream Horns" ?
You can make them non-hazardous by filling them with a modified Buttercream.

Just a thought. Good luck. icon_smile.gif

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