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 Post subject: (almost) one-woman bake sale needs ideas, please
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:07 am 
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So I'm putting on a vegan bake sale this Saturday (the day after the day after tomorrow! ye gods!), and despite my ceaseless barrage of advertising, only 5 people have signed up to bake. While I am in the process of realizing that the road to donating large sums of cash to a non-profit organization is not paved with good intentions, and I should have just donated $100 somewhere and called it a day, this is what it is. Since January's sale was so successful, I wanted to do this twice a year, but I don't think that's going to fly.

Last time, we sold out of everything that 12 volunteers cooked/baked in 5 hours at a tiny corner co-op; this sale will be at a much larger location with a built-in audience of parents and kids who are learning about nature. I booked the room for 7 hours, naively assuming that a ton of people would be happy to bake, but alas. I am quite worried that I will not have enough goods to feed the masses.
I need to rectify this!
Since I have off of work all day on Friday, I figure I can make a few dozen... something in between coordinating everyone's donation drop-offs and panicking in advance of the inevitable no-call no-shows. I don't want to shell out a ton of cash for ingredients, because a) I've already done so, because I canned about 2 dozen pints of fruits and vegetables to sell, and b) that just adds to the sting that I should've just donated money straight up.

Does anyone have any cheap, easy-to-make crowd-pleasers that would keep overnight and work well at a bake sale? I'm thinking maybe chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks or something like that? I'm totally at a loss.

Any ideas, PPK? Thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: (almost) one-woman bake sale needs ideas, please
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:19 pm 
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I like cookies for bake sales because they bake really quickly. A dozen chocolate chip cookies bake in 10-15 minutes. If you put 2 dozen in at a time, you could potentially have 8 dozen cookies in under an hour. Chocolate chip cookies are classic, everyone loves them. They're not fancy but they are a crowd pleaser and not expensive to make.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:22 pm 
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for similar reasons ^^, scones. they bake up quick you cut them in slices, and you can glaze them and they're gorgeous. i like the VWAV orange scones best for this kind of thing (i often have to whip something together stat for family gatherings, and this is my go-to recipe)
choco-dipped pretzels are a great idea.
if it were me it would be cookie and maybe muffin city- quick, no-frills muffins with gorgeous ingredients, mostly pumpkin but probably berry and cranberry too.

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Yeah! Cookies and scones it is. I tried to keep it kinda harvest-themed, so pumpkin stuff would be great. I just found out that the venue who's donating the space for the bake sale will be supplying coffee and sugar, all I have to do is bring the soymilk! Huzzah.

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Some kind of cookie bar like? Just bake them and slice!

For muffins try the berry Vegan Brunch ones, they are easy!

Maybe pumpkin or banana bread...

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I third the scone suggestion. Mini scones or sconelettes would be good. You just roll out the scone dough and cut out little squares (maybe 1 1/2 square). Sometimes people don't want a whole big scone, and sconelettes are cute.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:24 pm 
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Chocolatey popcorn clusters?


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rice crispy treats with peanut butter & dark chocolate?

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pumpkin muffins. holiday themed.

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Oh, Stephanie... sad :( I will see if I can squeeze some more baked goods out of my cupboard tonight/tomorrow...I can maybe whip up some cookies or something in addition to the cupcakes I'm making
edit: I ran out of flour and vanilla... :( But at least I had enough for the batch of cupcakes I was making!

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Those magic cookie bars with the coconut and chocolate chips. Or red velvet cupcakes, cause they are just the best and kick all other baked goods asparagus!

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I just made 30 pumpkin scones, 30 chocolate chip pumpkin scones, 30 sea salt caramels, 40 walnut and cashew turtles, and 4 dozen chocolate-covered pretzel sticks, 2 dozen dipped in crushed peanuts and 2 dozen dipped in shredded coconut.
Only two of the five people who said they'd drop their donations off today have showed up.
I am so tired.
:weeps softly into baked goods:

Time to make some cookies...

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Oh, that's sad. I'm sorry steph. It's probably too late, but the V'con chewy chocolate raspberry cookies are some of the easiest and most delicious cookies I've ever made. Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:45 pm 
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A bunch of people came through today with FLYING colors, baked way more than they signed up to bake, and generally rocked my world.

We raised $866.20!!!!! In seven hours! On a cold, rainy day! In Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Selling vegan baked goods!

I am going to die of exhaustion now, but I wanted to let everyone know that everything turned out amazingly well.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:03 pm 
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Yay I'm so happy for you!


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Congrats - that's awesome!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:15 pm 
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Yay! That's quite a success!

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I'm so glad to hear there was a happy ending to this story. Good for you and everyone else who worked on this!

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That's so great! I hope you took some pictures to put in Food Porn.

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yay! i'm glad this thread ended happy!

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