5 Simple Ways to Plan A Bake Sale
Planning a bake sale? These 5 simple tips should help your sale be a success.
Well, hello there! It’s been a couple of months since I last posted and for that I do apologise. It wasn’t my intention to be gone this long and you might have been thinking I was gone for good, but no, I’m happy to report that I’m still here in the land of the living, working and cooking!
Friday 21st October marked the annual event Stand up To Cancer, and to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause, I decided to hold a bake sale in work. I had puts plans in place ahead of time and am pleased to report that I raised over £130! Incase any of you are planning a similar event in the future, I thought I would share 5 simple ways that helped with my preparations. I used some of my own recipes, as well as some of my favourites from fellow food bloggers.
1. Be prepared
If you want your bake sale to be full of goodies that all sell out, then definitely plan in advance what recipes you want. Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration for bake sale recipes. There are classic bakes that will always be a popular choice. My Easy Chocolate Brownies with cranberries and hazelnuts always go down a storm! Once you know what you are going to bake, start collecting tins and tupperware, as you’ll need them to store your goods in. I saved up takeaway boxes from the Chinese and sold little truffles and traybakes in them!
2. Bake in advance
Baking is fun, but what’s not so fun is spending half the night before baking goods for the following day, especially if you need to get up early. What you can do is bake in advance and then freeze it. Doing so means all you have to do is take it out of the freezer the day before and bake straight from frozen. Kerry from KerryCooks has a whole guide on freezing cookie dough. I used her recipe for my bake sale and it went down a treat with everyone!
3. Add something savoury
Sometimes we forget that not everyone fancies something sweet at lunch time. Adding a savoury option could entice more customers, who might otherwise bypass your stall altogether. Of course, once they’ve eaten something savoury, they may just come back for something sweet! I used Sarah of Taming Twins recipe for Pizza Whirls and they were a fantastic addition.
4. Ask for help
Not everyone has the time to bake themselves, so ease the pressure on yourself by asking friends and family to donate some of their own bakes for your sale.
5. Pricing guide
Make sure you know what your pricing will be before the date of your sale. Keep it simple for yourself and your customers. That way you can have an idea of what profit you will make and can write out prices before the day, saving time and hassle. Keep an eye on what’s selling and what isn’t during the sale. I had originally priced my Victoria sponge slices to be too expensive, but once I reduced them they flew out of the shop!