This post is in collaboration with Wayfair, who are donating £100 to Sport Relief on my behalf.
Did you see the video I made to get as many people baking for Sport Relief as possible? Getting involved in the project and learning more about Sport Relief really made me want to do more to help out and raise money, so I decided to have a Bake Sale at my work on 18 March.
I baked four things, and roped in quite a few work colleagues to bake as well, mostly through threats and cajoling.
- lemon drizzle cakes, in individual cases from Home and Bargains, using this recipe (I just discovered Liv’s blog and love it!)
- gluten-free brownies with just a touch of ground almonds. These were SO squidgy and good – I’ll share the recipe with you soon
- chocolate chip cookie bars, with a seam of nutella through the middle. These were possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten… I should have made them in two pans really as they were SO thick and hefty, they took about an hour to bake! I’ll be posting the recipe on kerrycooks.com very soon!
- pizza whirls, using this recipe from Taming Twins. People loved these and they went really quickly, so I should have made a double or even triple batch.
Other people made:
- jaffa cake bars
- creme egg and nutella cake
- victoria sponge
- easter nests
- mini cupcakes
- almond cookies
- blueberry bread
- carrot cake cupcakes
- vanilla and chocolate marble cake
- orange and poppyseed muffins
Well, we raised £150 in about 15 minutes before we sold out of cakes!
I paid that in with gift aid, so it was £190 in total – an awesome result! According to the Sport Relief website, that amount of money could train a midwife to help women give birth safely in rural Africa.
The creme egg nutella cake, lemon drizzles, and carrot cake cupcakes sold the fastest – classic bakes, plus an Easter interloper!
What I’d do differently next time
Pricing: The pricing was a little low considering the size of the items and that there were no other bake sales that had been well publicised on that day at my offices.
I put items on for £1 each, or 3 for £2 which meant that pretty much everyone got 3 items at a bargain price, and we sold out more quickly.
Quantity of cakes: I have run bake sales in the past where we were left with leftover cakes – so it is a balancing act! In this case, the captive audience (2000 office workers) and the fact that there weren’t any other bake sales at my work for Sport Relief meant that we had more demand than cakes. Ideally, we would have baked more, but it is hard to gauge demand and it’s always better to sell out than to be left with cake!
What I wouldn’t change
I bought disposable tin foil baking trays, and platters to use, and I would definitely do that again, even though I am usually very keen on minimising environmental impact.
The tin foil baking trays made it much easier to make the bars and then transport them in the tray (I did this with the pizza whirls) and the disposable platters made for light transport and easy clean up without lots of washing up!