As I catch you up on what’s been going on here in the middle of the desert, let me tell you about the Fall Bake Sale that we had in our new community.
DH saw a flyer for the sale and encouraged me to participate. So I got crackin’.
I started out by making 1 full sized Bundt® and 4 half-sized Rum Cakes and stashed those in the deep freeze. I did some research online about what sells at a Bake Sale and I was surprised to find Jumbo Muffins on that list. I found a recipe for Healthful Morning Glory Muffins; those are the two next to the cakes there. Another surprise was jarred stuff, such as cookie mixes ready for an egg and milk (see below the cakes, cute huh?). I also jarred up some Chai Tea Mix, just add water. Those red sandwich baskets are filled some of my homemade Flavored Salts and Seasonings, they didn’t sell well though.
I found that adorable red Cupcake Caddy at the Dollar Store and thought maybe someone might need a hostess gift (it was the weekend after all), but sadly that went un-purchased as well.
Next up on my bake-ahead agenda was a double batch of my Great Grandmother’s recipe for Old Fashion Gingerbread, into the freezer that went. I had about 10 extra cupcakes that I wrapped individually, packaged up neatly with its own spoon for immediate consumption and those flew off that table, fast!
The last item that I baked ahead of time was different Brownies. I read that you should make twice as many as you think, those sell the best. Basically anything CHOCOLATE!! So pictured above you’ll see (from left to right) Magic Bars, my Tricked Out Brownies and my Haole Brownies or Caramel Cuts. I guess not enough people knew what a Magic Bar was, because they sat there all day, so lonely, that I wound up giving them away… I wasn’t taking anything home with me, well not much anyways.
The best fun of this entire experience was dreaming up a cute table display and packaging for all of my wares. For this I also researched, what draws folks over to your table. I labeled each item with all of the ingredients, so that if someone was allergic to or didn’t care for this or that, I was covered. I was poking around in the Scrape-booking aisles at the local hobby store and found this collection of assorted printed paper that spoke to me, “buy me, I’ll look fantastic on your Bake Sale table”. I used boxes covered in the paper to give different heights for eye appeal. I also cut out my own pennant from the various sheets to put a name to my table as well.
While I was baking, I had my new apron on and it dawned on me “Doni’s Kitchen” was the perfect name for my table.
So many of our neighbors that came over commented on how professional everything looked. “Where is your bake shop? Do you take orders? This is delicious!” I was just flabbergasted. I did this all for fun and only charged folks what I spent to make each item, not a lot. I introduced myself to a ton of new neighbors and am hoping that there’ll be a Spring Bake Sale too!
But for now I have my `fridge and freezer back, for the time being anyways. 😉