Tips and advice on the best bakes for Bake and Cake Sales, even if you don’t have much time or advanced baking skills!
Welcome to my Easy Recipes for a Brilliant Bake Sale! I’ve decided to hold a Bake Sale at my work for Sport Relief, on March 18!
(Did you know that charity cake sale cakes contain NO CALORIES?!) 😂
Since I’m sure lots of you will be doing the same this year, I thought I’d share some tips and advice on how to make the most for charity with your bakes – without having a baking related breakdown (bakedown?!).
(Did I just invent a word?)
I’ve organised a few cake and bake sales before, plus being a blogger and Cake Club member has given me lots of insight into what cakes will be popular.
Often it’s not remotely the ones you think! The gaudy cakes covered in fondant and lots of sprinkles are usually left behind in favour of really good classic cakes, like a lemon drizzle or carrot cake.
Or chocolate. You can’t beat chocolate…
The times I’ve baked even slightly more obscure things, they haven’t sold well – at all. 🙁
It’s a tough lesson to learn because I love baking new things, but people stick with what they know!
Let’s also think about planning your bakes to your skill level and the amount of time you have to bake. Layer cakes and even cupcakes and cookies are time-consuming and it’s often better if you can plan ahead – they’ll always take longer than you think to make – I’ve often stayed up past midnight baking the night before a bake sale!
BUT, there are little tricks you can employ here…
For instance, did you know that you can make cookie dough in advance (up to six months!) and freeze it in balls, ready to bake? Then when you want cookies, you just pop the frozen balls on a baking tray and bake for about 12 minutes. SO quick and easy! I wrote a whole post showing you how here!
Did you also know that cakes can also be made in advance and frozen (and you absolutely cannot tell!). Most cakes can be baked, cooled, wrapped in cling film or tin foil and frozen. That gives you one less thing to do the night before the Bake Sale – you’ll just need to make the frosting and assemble!
So, let’s talk about the best bakes, whatever your skill level and get baking (I’ve linked to what I think are the best – well reviewed – recipes for each one below!).
The classic bakes
I mentioned that I go to Cake Club (in Nottingham – want to come along?!) and surveying the cake table has given me a sixth sense about what cakes will be the most popular in the best cake vote (NEVER the fanciest, most decorated ones, but the more humble looking, but amazing tasting classic bakes).
Bake one of these for your Bake Sale and they’re sure to fly!
- Victoria Sponge (cream not optional in my view!) (or Victoria Sponge Cupcakes)
- Lemon Drizzle Cake
- Carrot Cake
- Banana Bread
- Chocolate Cake
The quick but impressive bakes
Don’t feel bad if your skill level isn’t high enough to make a Rainbow Cake or some cupcakes – just make something simple!
I will always buy a rice krispie or mars bar rice krispie bar from a Bake Sale. You literally cannot beat them in my eyes. Plus, cakes can fail but combining chocolate and cereal really cannot ever end up bad. And there’s no actual cooking involved!
- Rice Krispie Cakes
- Easter Nests
- Mars Bar Rice Krispie Cakes
- Flapjacks (or try my chocolate flapjacks)
- Blueberry Scones
Easy traybakes (that take a little longer)
Bakes that are still easy, but a little more time-consuming. Chocolate brownies are SO simple and will always fly at a bake sale though…
- Chocolate Brownies (or try these Salted Caramel Brownies. Or these Cookie Dough Brownies…)
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
- Blueberry and Coconut Squares
- Carrot Cake Squares
- Blueberry Shortbread Bars
- Malteser Chocolate Squares
- Caramel Apple Muffins with Streusal Topping
Cookies, cookies, and cookies
Do cookies need their own category? Yes, they absolutely do. Everyone loves cookies, but especially if they’re the size of your face. NEVER make teeny cookies for a bake sale!
- Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies
- Chewy Thick Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Nutella Sandwich Cookies
- Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies
- Oat Chocolate Chip Crinkle Cookies (I SO recommend making these – NO chilling, really fast and so inexpensive to make)
- Homemade Chocolate Bourbon Biscuits
The showstopping bakes
These aren’t difficult bakes, but they are time-consuming. The trick here is to prep in advance – the cakes can be baked and frozen with no adverse effects, and the frostings can be made in advance too (just tightly wrap the bowl in clingfilm and keep in the fridge for up to five days).
- Rocky Road Cupcakes
- Rainbow Cake or Ombre Cake
- Cookie Dough Cupcakes
- Rainbow Cupcakes
- Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Red Velvet Cake
Not everyone has a sweet tooth – sacrilege I know, and when you’re selling a lot of cake, people often love a bit of savoury to go along with it too (I’ve seen this many times at our cake clubs!).
Then they’ll be ready to buy more cake!
What do you think? Have you held a Bake Sale lately – I’d love to hear what cakes sold the fastest?!