Have a bake sale

17 Feb 2016

Bake some delicious cakes to sell to your friends or colleagues.

Bake a batch of your favourite treats and sell them in work or at school. It doesn't even have to be cookies and cupcakes — you could make sweets or healthy treats.

Sell your sale!

Shout about your bake sale far enough in advance to pique interest, but not too early that people will have forgotten about it by the time the date arrives. 

Place posters in local nursery schools, GP surgeries, supermarkets, businesses and shops. Explain what you're raising money for, so that supporters know the impact their contribution will have.

Use your website, Facebook page, Twitter page, email and any other social media to tell people about your sale. Send out reminders as the event gets closer, using language that implies a growing sense of urgency: 'NEXT Friday, come and eat cake!'.

Request donations

To ensure maximum profit on the day, try to get as many cakes donated as possible. Appeal to supporters of your charity - mums, dads, grandparents, children, and your neighbours.

Ask bakers to provide a list of ingredients along with their cakes. For the competitive bakers out there, you could introduce a bake-off style competition, with local celebrities judging the best cakes in different categories, such as 'cupcake connoisseur' or 'brilliant bread'!

Pricing

You don't want to empty people's pockets, but remember you're there to raise money. Price cakes according to size and intricacy bake. For a rough guide, 30p for small cupcakes decorated by children, 75p for a large slice of cake, £1 for fancy cupcakes. Consider running a pop-up cafe, selling tea and coffee too. You could also have a cake decorating table for children, with plain fairy cakes, different coloured icing in squeezy bottles and a choice of toppings from silver balls to dolly mixtures. 

Display

Make your display look as enticing as possible. Seek out a variety of different cake stands of varying heights - not only does this make it easier to fit more on the table, but people will also be drawn in by all your mouth-watering goodies as they approach.

Try to label your cakes, making it easier for visitors to choose - this won't take long, just some cut-up card and a marker pen to make some stand-up labels. 

Give your sale a vintage twist by sourcing old-fashioned cups and saucers from charity shops, popping a moist muffin in the cup, and wrapping these in cellophane. Your price can increase to cover the cost of the crockery.

Timings

Inform donors where and when they need to deliver their cakes. Set up your stall at least an hour before the sale starts. Run the cake sale for between one-to-two hours, or shorter if the cakes go fast, and allow some time to clean up afterwards.

We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to set up your own bake sale, please drop us an email.