Want to turn your love of baking into something profitable and have a lot
of fun? Try a bake sale! Bake sales have been a tasty way to raise money for generations of Americans. To make the most of your baking and selling efforts, follow these tips for sure success.
Planning Is Everything
T Hold a bake sale around a holiday-Christmas, Valentine's Day or Halloween are good ones. When people are in a festive mood, they tend to buy more.
T Display foods with seasonal items or props.
Let someone who has an eye for "propping" arrange the table.
T Plan ahead and advertise. Use radio or a
neighborhood newspaper, or go high-tech
and promote by e-mail.
Make Baked Items Irresistible
T Keep a sample plate with tiny pieces of cookies, bars or cake ready for sampling. Have small cups of water or coffee available so tasters will have a beverage to go with the samples.
T Instead of offering a plate of plain cupcakes, bars or cookies, dress them up! Who can resist holiday cupcakes at a December bake sale?
T Bake quick bread mixes in regular or mini loaf pans. Frost, then decorate with foot-long chewy fruit snack rolls to look like a ribbon on a gift package.
Variety Adds Spice-and Success
T Include everything from decadent chocolate treats to items for special diets.
T Offer a variety of sizes: single servings to large cakes, loaves, muffins and bars.
T Have a variety of prices keep prices simple
and divisible by 25 cents.
The Experts Advise
T Schedule a bake day to prepare for the event school and church kitchens are ideal.
T Have recipes printed and available to take home.
T Make your bake sale a tradition people will
come to expect every year.
T Bake while the sale is in progress-caramel rolls, muffins or other aromatic baked goods make it impossible for people to walk away.
T Furnish bags large enough for customers to
carry more than one item home.
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