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By Ren Behan

The summer term is here and there are posters popping up everywhere advertising summer fêtes, which means it’s time for a spot of summer fair baking. It’s BBQs, bouncy castles and bake sales galore; with cupcakes, strawberry scones, tray-bakes and Victoria sandwiches battling it out for extra fundraising pennies and pounds. But fear-not! If baking is not your strong point, keep reading for some no-bake ideas that will still bring the all-important ‘wow-factor’ to the stands.

Cupcakes and fairy cakes will always dominate the school cake sale. They are easy to bring to the Fair and will be quickly scooped up by a classroom of little hands. Jamie’s Tea Party Fairy Cakes make a colourful and fruity addition to the table, with a light and fluffy lemony sponge, and ideas for fresh fruit icing. Decorate with a few berries or sprinkles and they are guaranteed to be sure-sellers.

If you’d prefer to top your cupcakes with buttercream, simply beat 250g of room temperature unsalted butter and, little by little, add in 500g of icing sugar. The more you beat the mixture, the fluffier your icing will become. For the perfect shade on top, add in a few drops of natural colouring into the buttercream and beat well again.

If you’re looking for a tasty cake recipe with a healthy angle, try your hand at these Butternut squash muffins with a frosty top. You can decorate them with lavender flowers or rose petals for a delicate and dainty finish. They are lovely and moist, and taste a little bit like mini carrot cakes.

Tray-bakes are another option you could try. Most sponge cake recipes can simply be ‘doubled up’ and poured into a large rectangular tin. Before baking, top the cake batter with pitted cherries, sliced apples or chocolate chips to give the children an extra treat. Once baked, cut into individual squares and serve on small plates or napkins.

If you’re nervous about baking, try this super-easy Chocolate fridge cake with pecan & meringues. It’s quick to make and requires no baking at all! Kids can definitely get involved, too, bashing up the biscuits and meringues while you’re getting on with melting the chocolate ready to pour into the tin.

So, whether the school playground has been transformed into a Mad Hatter’s tea party, a circus or a beach, I hope you’ll be armed with a few more ideas to take along.

Ren Behan is a mum of two and a food writer – find out more at

What to make for a bake sale: Cheap cakes and how much to sell them for

Jessica Dady November 2, 2019 8:00 am

If you're planning on having a bake sale to raise some money for charity or the kids school is hosting one and you'd like to bake something for it then you've come to the right place.

Find out what to make for a bake sale with our simple collection of recipes. If you’re planning on having a bake sale to raise some money for charity or your kids’ school is hosting one and you’d like to bake something for it then you’ve come to the right place.

We’re here to help you make the most out of your bake sale – from cheap ingredients to making a profit, we’re here to share our wise wisdom when it comes to bake sales so you really can make the most out of it and double your money on each of your bakes – after all it is about making a profit!

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We’ve got plenty of delicious recipes to choose from and not only have we told you why they’re a great choice for bake sales, we’ve also narrowed down how much it will cost you to make them and how much you should sell them for. We worked out how to double your money when selling the cakes but don’t be afraid to charge even more than we’ve suggested if you think your cakes are worth it.

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5 More Tips from Amy Atlas: Setting the Scene

If you simply set all the treats out on the table, some will get buried in the back and you miss out on sales. Stack your delicious goodies on cake stands, boxes, or cartons to help them get noticed. Added bonus: Your table will look less cluttered.

Offer Beverages

Sell little bottles of water, juice boxes, and mini milk cartons. Almost every kid is going to want a drink with his treats so it'll really increase your profits. What's more, beverages are the perfect contribution from families who want to help out but don't have the time (or desire) to bake.

Label the Treats

If customers have to ask lots of questions -- What's that bar with the chips over there? How much do the cupcakes cost? -- you're going to build up a line and slow down your sales. Have the kids make signs with the name of the treat and the price.

Put It on a Stick

Cookie pops, cake pops, or even fruit kebobs are always huge hits with the kids. Let your bakers know.

Show School Spirit

Decorate treats in the school colors or make cookies in the shape of the school mascot. Your balloons and table cover can also coordinate with the school's colors.

Originally published in the October 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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

Our Favourite Bake Sale Recipe Ideas

Panic the moment you think about what to take to a bake sale? We get that, it's pretty daunting. But don't worry, simply take a peep at our favourite bake sale recipes and you're bound to find something you love. Decide whether you want to impress with some Kit Kat Stuffed Brownies, Vanilla Cupcakes or Chocolate Chip Muffins. There's so much to choose from, you seriously won't know where to start!

Been asked to make a rainbow birthday cake? Or have you woken up with a craving for a Skittles covered cake? If either of these things ring true, then you're going to LOVE our rainbow creation.

Ok, we're still not over the fact Freddos aren't 10p anymore, but we still have a soft spot for the frog-shaped chocolate treat. We've sandwiched whole Freddo bars in between layers of brownie in this recipe, and topped with Freddo faces, because WHY NOT!?

All your favourite carrot cake flavours transformed into one delectable blondie complete with cream cheese swirl! If you&rsquore a carrot cake purist, you can leave out the walnuts and sultanas.

Carrot cake traybake is one of our favourite springtime bakes to make. The ricotta frosting is a deliciously light and tangy twist on the classic cream cheese topping. Thyme might sound unusual here but the subtle herbal flavour works perfectly with the warming spices and orange flavour in the cake.

Bake sale ideas - Recipes

Try making individually-sized like cupcakes or cookies for a bake sale.

With summer coming to an end and back-to-school right around the corner you’re bound to participate in a few bake sales during the upcoming weeks. Whether you’re joining with a group of friends to raise money for a good cause or baking for your child’s school fundraiser, you’re going to need a few good recipes. Baking beautiful and delicious treats for a bake sale can be overwhelming so we’ve rounded up some of the easiest recipes recipes that you can make in little time, with few ingredients but that still taste delicious and look beautiful.

One of the keys to baking for a bake sale is making treats that are easy to divide into small portions. That makes it easier to sell items individually and for a smaller price. It can also eliminate the need for some packaging some people may decide to purchase a cookie or piece of candy to eat on the spot. For those that are buying multiple items or purchasing items for later, smaller items can be easier to pack — you can use small boxes, cellophane bags, or even sealed glass jars.

If you’re hosting or contributing to a bake sale you’ll also want to make sure that there is a good variety of items offered at the bake sale. Try to offer variety not only in terms of type of pastry (be it slices of cake or individual hand pies) but in terms of flavors as well a well-rounded bake sale will offer not only sweet items made with chocolate, fruit, marshmallow, or nuts, but also savory ones like herb and cheese biscuits or soft pretzels.

If you’re participating in a bake sale and want to make a variety of individually sized treats but are short on time or ingredients, check out some of these solutions. They’re easy to make and sure to impress at your next bake sale.

Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Baking has never been easier — you only need three ingredients to make these delicious peanut butter cookies.

Oreo Truffles

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Even though they’re easy to make, these confections are sure to impress at your next bake sale. Try drizzling the Oreo truffles with white chocolate too.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

27 Bake Sale Treats Made in 15-Minutes or Less

Nothing cracks me up more than the little voice hollering from the bathroom as he&rsquos showering, &ldquoMom! I have a bake sale tomorrow at school. I said you&rsquod be bringing something awesome!&rdquo Keep in mind that he showers like RIGHT BEFORE he goes to bed&hellipFor just such emergencies, I&rsquove got a list of 27 Bake Sale Treats that are cute, easy and take 15-minutes or less to make.

Now, I would like to point-out that the actual &ldquoyou&rdquo time in all of these recipes is less than 15 minutes, however, on some of these, there is a required cooling-period in the fridge or an overnight, even&hellipso, beware.

  • Got leftover Girl Scout cookies? Try these No Bake Samoa Cheesecake Bites
  • I love love love this mind-blowingly cute Mini-Rock Candy Pops recipe!
  • These Jolly Rancher Lollipops are super-quick and adorable. &ndash These were made as reindeer, but if you leave-off the antlers, it&rsquos easier and non-holiday specific!
  • Have some cereal and chocolate&hellipMilk and Cookies Snack Mix
  • Not your normal cake pop, these Oreo Pops are unique and fast!
  • Arm yourself with Minecraft Creeper Rice Krispy Treats. They&rsquoll sell like hot-cakes&hellipor creeper treats&hellip are just funny.
  • Gooey and delish, I love these Rolo Pretzel Bites.
  • Nothing says yummy like Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies! make kiddos say: &ldquoNom nom nom.&rdquo
  • Fast, easy, ridiculously cute, these Inside-Out S&rsquomores are perfect bake sale treats! looks so cute in little bags&hellip
  • Although, Oreo Cookie Bark looks good as I smash it in my face.
  • I can&rsquot get enough of these No Bake Cookies (&ldquoGorilla Poops&rdquo). I&rsquoll label &rsquoem by their second name, though! is easy, delish and unique.

    can be done for any holiday&hellipjust pick a different color candy for the top. Viola!
  • Remember those awesome Jello Popcorn Pops at your bake sale when you were a kid? Just sayin&rsquo. &hellipwhich is AWESOME!
  • I like to make this Cookies and Cream Funfetti Bark because it&rsquos like a party happened all over! (I dare you to say it 5 times fast&ndashheck 3 times! LOL!)
  • Classic, silly, and yummy, these Worms-in-Dirt Cups are what bake sale treats were meant to be.
  • For this S&rsquomores Trail Mix, I like to label it as &ldquoSnowman Snack Mix&rdquo. Kids love it. &ndashtrust me on this, it&rsquos cute and easy&ndashand yummy, too.
  • Wanna stand-out at the bake sale? Make these Chocolate Toffee Waffles on a Stick&hellipyou&rsquoll be a STAR! are cool and my grandma made them&hellipretro&hellipawesome.
  • Trying for something in a jar? Make these Mini Butterfinger Pies in a Jar&hellip

Nothing says &ldquoRock Star Bake Sale Mom&rdquo like being able to drop a load of these cute, delicious goods on the bake sale table&hellipand nobody knows you weren&rsquot up all night!

Cupcake Ice Cream Cones

*First published April 3, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

wafer ice cream cones with flat bottoms (12)
1 box cake mix (1)
1 can prepared vanilla frosting (1)
food colouring
sprinkles, optional

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Prepare batter according to directions.
  • Fill cones three-quarters full with batter.
  • Set cones on a baking sheet or in a muffin tin and place in oven. Careful – do not let them tip over.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes until done (insert a toothpick in the cake to test, when it comes out clean they’re done).
  • Tint frosting with food colouring so colours look like ice cream (pink, brown, mint green). Can do in separate bowls to make a variety of colours.
  • Spoon icing into a pastry bag fitted with a large tip. Swirl frosting onto the cone so it looks like soft-serve ice cream. Or frost with a butter knife for a scooped ice cream look.
  • Add sprinkles (optional).

Source: Clipping from HomeBasics Magazine, Summer 2005

Batter Twist: Adds a little something extra to the usual crispy squares (incorporates boxed cake mix), loaded with sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Cup Krispies: Yum! A concoction of peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips, creamy peanut butter, mini-marshmallows, butter and puffed rice cereal.

Fruity Pebbles: Made with Fruity Pebbles cereal (or Captain Crunch) instead of Rice Krispies and dipped in white chocolate.

Tipnut is loaded with organized collections of recipes, here are a few that feature dozens of goodies that will work well for bake sales:

  • Tie closed or wrap with bits of colorful ribbon, yarn, decorative tape, twine or string.
  • Stack cookies, snack mixes and squares in pretty paper cups (or wrap cups with decorative wrapping paper or scrapbook paper).
  • Cupcakes will stand out with mini-flags and toppers (see ideas below).
  • Favor bags can be made with cellophane, plastic baggies and even paper lunchbags (arrange a sample display so customers will know what’s inside).
  • Label items clearly and note if they are gluten-free or peanut-free (some folks will be scooping those up in a hurry).
  • Arrange squares of wax paper between sticky treats so buyers won’t be disappointed with a gooey mess.
  • Clear plastic cups filled with snack mixes are an inexpensive method of packaging (wrap in cellophane).
  • Line washed coffee and cookie tins with waxed paper and fill with treats, wrap outside with decorative paper and seal with plastic or metal lid.

Mix & Match Tins: Simple way to present an assortment of goodies in a plain box (always a hit at sales).

Envelope Wraps: Another free printable for jumbo cookies (includes envelope template and snowflake stickers).

Felt Flags: An easy way for cupcakes stand out, made with toothpicks, scraps of felt and a dab of glue.

Ribbons & Bows: You’ll need clear cellophane bags, pretty cardstock and colorful ribbon for these.

Printable Bags: Two designs per sheet (via pdf download).

Sealing Cellophane: Here’s a nifty trick, use a curling iron to seal cellophane bags.

Sweet Charity: Host the Ultimate Bake Sale

Master the sweet-and-salty&ndashdessert trend &mdash without turning on the oven! Our easiest-ever brittle-like candy (made with saltines!) is 100% no-bake and requires only a microwave. Who needs a candy thermometer?

Talk about tiny time-savers! Bake breads in mini paper or foil pans &mdash perfect bake sale packaging.

Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, these simple cookies are easily customized with your choice of chips (milk or dark chocolate, peanut butter, etc.). They're also gluten-free and low-cal, too.

9 Easy, Delicious Bake Sale Recipes That Require No More Than 4 Ingredients

Deny it all you like, but one of these nights, long after you've retuned from work, eaten dinner, cleaned the dishes and plopped your tired self on the couch for some well-deserved fall TV, a tiny voice will ask if you can make dessert for forty sweet-seeking little children -- by the morning.

This scenario may never change, but this year, the way you handle it will. Whipping up a batch of "homemade" somethings will be no sweat off your back with one of the nine recipes below, none of which call for more than four ingredients. Chances are, the materials for at least one of these seemingly impressive sweets are sitting in your kitchen right now.

But before you transform into Super Parent, there are two things you must know. First: Other parents may hound you for your recipe. Never relinquish your secrets. Second: There is no shame in bringing store-bought cookies -- ever.

1. Flourless Nutella Cake

What you'll need:

Tip: Bake in a rectangular pan and you've got brownies instead.

Get the 2-Ingredient Flourless Nutella Cake recipe by Kirbie Cravings

2. Pumpkin Brownies

What you'll need:

Tip: You can top these with a simple pumpkin spice frosting.

Get the 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies recipe by Cookies And Cups

3. Banana Oatmeal Cookies

What you'll need:

Tip: Add in some chocolate (or peanut butter) chips, earn an A for effort.

Get the 2-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies recipe by The Burlap Bag

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

What you'll need:

Tip: Use a gluten-free dough to do right by the kids with allergies. Effortlessly thoughtful.

Bake sales are also community social events. People enjoy getting together over a common goal. Whether it's selling or buying brownies and cookies, they just love to mix and mingle at a bake sale. Here are several tips to host a successful bake sale for your organization.

Select a Leader

It should be someone who has excellent organizational skills. The person should also be able to delegate responsibilities, which is essential to a well-run event.

Don't Forget the Volunteers

The bake sale leader will need several people dedicated to organizing donations, handling publicity, setting up tables and/or the booth, selling goods, collecting money, and cleaning up.

Organize a Donation Sign-Up

Be sure to be specific in what baked goods will be needed for the sale straight from the start. So as not to end up with all "chocolate cakes," make sure you know what is being donated. Pass out individual sign-up sheets with a list of the needed items. Ask for a first and second choice of what is being donated. Get names and phone numbers so that the person can be contacted to remind them of their donation and to specify which baked good is needed. Be specific on how you want the goods packaged.

Check Your Local Health Codes

Some states have health codes stating that everything must be individually wrapped. Also, each baked good donated should have an index card prominently attached that has the name of the dish and a list of non-obvious and/or outstanding ingredients (such as coconut, nuts, candied or dried fruits, or strawberries). The name of the person who baked it could be important to know as well.

Consider Timing and Location

Try to place your table and/or booth in a high-traffic area. To guarantee a heavy traffic flow, plan the sale around other coordinating events. For school affiliated bake sales, sporting events, and theater productions would be the perfect time to host a bake sale. Local craft shows may allow free booth space for a worthy cause.

Presentation Is Everything

Set out nicely decorated and organized tables. Use tablecloths, but not in overpowering patterns. The baked goods should be your best decorations. Divide the baked goods according to type (cookies, cakes) and/or serving size (whole cakes, individual cookies). If you have several tables, separate them into just pies, cakes, or even one just for chocolate goods.

Know Your Customers

Are you selling to big families? Make sure to sell cookies by the dozen and entire cakes for large groups. Sales to children or singles will be higher with individual packages of baked goods such as one brownie or one cupcake.

Think Beyond Baked Goods

Serve coffee at bake sales in the evenings or on cold days. Selling cold bottled water or lemonade along with the baked goods at a football game would increase profits. If sales are slow have hourly specials. Group certain goods together for special pricing. Get recipes for all of the baked goods prior to the sale and prepare a cheap cookbook to sell at the event. Don't be limited to the typical bake sale. Try to coordinate donations of specially packaged baked goods that the buyer can give away as gifts. Offering cookie ingredients or homemade granola in decorated jars would be the perfect sale for that time of year.

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