Holding a bake sale is a delicious fundraising idea. With a pinch of creativity and a dash of cooking expertise, your bake sale can be a success for your charity or cause.
How to Run a Bake Sale
Before you embark on this tasty fundraising idea, take a moment to consider the scale of your event. This will impact everything you do, from the venue you choose to the number of bakers and volunteers required.
If you’re organising the bake sale as part of a group, assign tasks to each individual. Some people may be better suited to baking, while others can be out and about finding the perfect place to host your bake sale.
Choosing a Bake Sale Location
You can hold a bake sale anywhere – local schools, halls or restaurants might be willing to help out for free or a small fee. You can even have a small-scale bake sale at your own home.
When choosing the location for your bake sale, consider the cleanliness of the area. Also, check to see if you will have access to any prep areas, refrigeration units or kitchen facilities on the day. If you do get kitchen access, this means you can serve fresh items like tea and coffee as well as your baked goods!
Bake Sale Food Ideas
When you’re planning your bake sale, it’s important to have a variety of items to appeal to many different tastes. Communicate with your volunteers on this – you don’t want to receive many of the same item.
Here are some popular bake sale items:
- Sponge cake
- Breads (banana bread, fresh white bread, etc.)
- Biscuits and tea cakes
- Cupcakes and muffins
- Home-made candy
Check with each volunteer to get a cost-per-item (unless they are donating the ingredients to your cause). This will determine your sale price and ensure that you make money once everything is sold.
Bake Sale Safety Advice
You want everyone to have fun at your bake sale, so make sure your group is following proper food safety guidelines.
Cleanliness is the most important safety precaution for a bake sale. Ensure that all of your bakers wash their hands frequently, and that surfaces are wiped down with a bleach solution to kill any lingering germs.
To avoid a food safety disaster, consider avoiding bake sale items that have a higher likelihood of spoiling or being contaminated. Milk-based items, such as custards and cream cakes, are harder to keep fresh because they require refrigeration up to and during the bake sale. Consider non-milk and non-cream-based alternatives instead. Watch out for fruit-based items too!
Finally, consider potential allergens when preparing your bake sale items. Common allergies are wheat, eggs, milk, soy and nuts.
If you are going to make an allergy-safe item, make sure that nothing you’re using has come into contact with the allergen, including your hands. This can be very difficult to avoid in most kitchens so you should always take care when “guaranteeing” that a bake sale item is allergy-safe. These items should be clearly labelled and stored in a separate area from other bake sale foods.
Final Step… Have Fun!
Invite your friends, family and neighbours around to your bake sale; you can even place an ad in the local free paper for additional publicity.
Finally, don’t forget to remind everybody about the cause your bake sale is benefiting. It might be hard to look past the sweets at first, but the success of your fundraising cause will be even sweeter in the end.