bake sale tips


The bake sale made over six hundred dollars.  Yes, you read that right.  Six hundred.  Dollars.  An amazing band of mothers converged upon the school kitchen early this morning to accept, package and price the contributions.  I will tell you one of the secrets to a successful bake sale: price accordingly.  People will pay for nice baking.  They really will.

Tip two: nice packaging is key.  The Fan ran out to the Dollarama for clear cello bags and everyone sorted, packaged and ribboned up that baking.  It was really pretty.  We didn't put the prices on stickers or chunks of tape, we wrote on the tip of the ribbon tail.  That way, we reasoned, if the item didn't sell and we found ourselves in the most unfortunate position of slashing our prices late in the day, we'd just snip off the old price and write on a new one.

Nobody wants desperate baking.

Man, those cupcakes were gone in an instant.  Priced at two dollars each!  The cherry chip Easter cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and marshmallow bunnies were a big hit.

Truth be told, the carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting went dead last.  They were supremely delicious... being Buddy Budderson's favourite I made extras to have here at the house.  Those little gummy carrots are available in the Easer aisle at Dollarama.  I just think healthy carrot cake filled with raisins and coconut can't compete with:



It's just unfair to make them compete, isn't it?  Carrot never stood a chance.

Other bake sale tips:

You should avoid using nuts or having contact with nuts in your baking area.

You might want to offer a few gluten-free or vegan options.

Things that really sell well are simple but cute items like chocolate and candy dipped Oreos and pretzels.

Use a variety of brightly coloured sprinkles and frostings. A bright table looks more eye-catching and unified.

Have bags and packages on hand to encourage your customers to buy plenty.

Start the day with an assortment of small bills and change as a "float" to make change when you get your first customers.

Make an attractive sign to advertise your table and make sure that it indicates what group or charity it will benefit. You can also put "donations accepted" on your sign an people will take the hint.

Remember to thank your customers! Ask them to tell a friend about your sale.

47 comments:

MaryCatherine said...

I'm salivating!

Aspergertopia said...

Yummmmmmy!

KAGS Herself said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

alittlebitofscrap said...

I want a cupcake! :)

Jennspiration said...

Wow, those are beautiful!!! You did a great job, and I love your tip about writing the price on the end of the ribbon.

Sonya said...

It is 7:25am and I am actually thinking CUPCAKES FOR BREAKFAST! And maybe lunch.
What did you end up pricing the pretzels at?

Jerri-Lea said...

Those look so good!! I just started the morning with a chocolate chip cookie... it was the best thing I had around here.

Awesome job on the bake sale!

Anonymous said...

I want you to post these cupcake recipes! pppllleeaaasseee...


Lindsay

So-Sew Me said...

I am curious, how did you package the cupcakes so that they wouldn't get squished?

Laura said...

I'm thinking I'd eat a cupcake for breakfast if I had one here! Congrats on the great sale!

Faye said...

LOOKS SO YUMMY!!!!!!!

jkddz said...

I wish you were at my school! I would have taken one of each!!

SandraD said...

Congrats on your successful sale. Loopy's school is very fortunate to have dedicated and talented volunteers. My daughter's school sale is today and we made cupcakes too!

tidymom said...

WE WANT MORE!! LOL
love the pricing idea!
recipes?
what did you price the pretzels at?

GOSH these all look YUMMO!

~TidyMom

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Brilliant! I've yet to see our PTA hold a bake sale that had "remnants." We sell out so fast that it makes my head spin. We need to up our prices:)

the treat girl said...

Yum.a.licious!!!!!!!!! The cupcakes were more than I dreamed up! :) Congratulations on a wonderful job!!! ...and being the marketing major that I was...it is all about the packaging!

Tamara Jansen said...

You guys are amazing! How about doing a Hanging Basket Fundraiser at Mother's Day? Wouldn't that be great?

Kay said...

The cupcakes are beautiful. How did you package those?

Suzy said...

Great job!!! I love the oreo one the best...

Rosa said...

Mmmmm, so pretty and I bet oh so good! Great googly moogly! 500 bucks! Good for you!

Cassandra said...

Saucy, these were so gorgeous!! I know you would NEVER say it, but I bet your treats were the best looking AND best selling!!

Saucy said...

I haven't heard "great googly moogly" for years and I am almost falling out of my chair laughing right now! Will totally work that into a conversation THIS WEEKEND.

We didn't really package up the cupcakes, although I was armed with some clamshell boxes that I sweet-talked the bakery lady out of... we had napkins on hand and people bought them, and ate them. They were gone right away.

I could do a cupcake tutorial if you'd like! There are a few tricks to it. Let me know if anyone is interested.

karen said...

Cupcake tutorial - yes please

BTW stayed up late waiting for the cupcake posting the other night - new it would be good -and it was great

MJ said...

Carrot cake can never ever compete with chocolate. I am more easily led with chocolate (and not a carrot!)

Janeen said...

Wow, I want to come over to your house. I've not seen a school bake sale as adorable as yours and thanks for sharing your tips - GREAT idea about the price on the edge of the ribbon! You're the best!

LisaInCT said...

Congrats! Everything looked amazing. Yummylicious stuff with eye catching packaging IS the way to go!

Bring on the cupcake tutorial!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What terrific looking food!! I'm surprised it only made $500!! I'd have paid big time for those yummies!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Saucy said...

Actually after all was said and done... and I still have to count out all those dimes and nickels I think we are way over six hundred!

3rdEyeMuse said...

congratulations on such a blow out success!!

Christine said...

Oh...I would have gone for the Carrot Cake! Yum! Everything looks fantastic. When I was helping my daughter fundraiser for the arthritis society, we made $700.00 at one bake sale. That was a lot of work. Packaging is important.

Cheryl Carey Bass said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad y'all earned so much money! I totally agree that PACKAGING/PRESENTATION are SO important to a good sale! Great job!

bluemuf said...

Way to go with the bake sale. Those cupcakes are fantastic. I also liked the chocolate cookies with the pink. What did you finally price the pretzels?

Hugs Karen

Saucy said...

The twisted pretzels went for $1.00 each (a steal considering they are at the store down the street from the school for three dollars each!) and the rods basically at $1.00 each but in packages of four, so four dollars a package. I know we could have fetched more since they went right away (the rods) but it was okay. I was only a little frantic that the next day someone reduced the twists to FOUR FOR A DOLLAR! Yikes! Those babies could have been put away for our upcoming family dance!!! They'd still be fresh in three weeks... really! Really.

Kim - said...

wow, you did good! And everything looks so yummy. We can't do homebaked goods.......is that why you used the school kitchen? Great idea.

Grace said...

beautiful! Thanks for the eye candy...Grace

Starshine said...

Oh, YUM! And yea for raising $500!!!

Anonymous said...

I sent the oreo cupcakes to school for my son's birthday. What a hit!
srayner@saskpower.com

Amanda said...

When I was younger, I thought carrot cake was yukky. (But I hadn't really ever tried it). Now that I'm all growed up? I love me some carrot cake. LOVE. sabkhowell@msn.com

michelleb. said...

Wish our schools would allow a Bake Sale. Those pesky peanut allergies are just to aplenty to allow for anything home-baked.

Mariie-Piier said...

Really not fair...I want one so bad now!! :O
We don't have those bake sale back here...and I wish we had!
But..how many time does it take you to bake one "batch" of cupcakes?!

Mariie-Piier said...

Woouups forgot to tell who it was : marie_cool78@hotmail.com xD

michelleb. said...

Ok...I'm a little slow to catch on. Blogger does not show my email and I never left it in my comment from 4/25
mblaise29@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

i could imagine that you raised 600 dollars!!! tmaharath@yahoo.com

mblaise3 said...

WOW, thanks for the the tips!!! I'll keep that in mind the next bakesale i do.(if i do one)

mblaise3@yahoo.com

Christine said...

CARROT!! I would have bought them. Nobody ever makes them. Theres just something about carrot cake with raisins its just amazing. Plus cream cheese icing. Who doesn't love cream cheese icing?

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

Mistil Pritchett Langston said...

Def need recipe for watermelon cupcakes.. :) Thank you!

Mistil Pritchett Langston said...

Def need recipe for watermelon cupcakes.... :0)