SPCA Bake Sale Success!

December 21, 2008

Drum roll, please!  Our goal for the SPCA Bake Sale was $3000, and our total so far is $3005!!  We have commitments for more online donations before the end of the year, so we may see that total go even higher!  Woo hoo!!!

We are SO thankful for the wonderful response of the other tenants in our office building, for the online donations from friends and family, and for the support we received from the building management staff.  Above all, we know that this tremendous success is humanly impossible.  A few girls working for a week or so cannot logically bake enough goodies and sell them in one day to make $3000.  It just doesn't make sense.  The only answer is that God did this, and we give Him all the glory for this event!

I talked about the brownies and bars the other day, and thought you might like to see a complete list of what we had for sale.  Here's what came out of my itty bitty kitchen:

  • Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
    Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts
    Strawberry Bread with Pecans
    Chocolate Sheath Cake
    Root Beer Bundt Cakes
    Outrageous Oreo Brownies
    Outrageous Brownies with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
    Caramel Bars
    Texas Pecan Pie Bars
    RazzMaTazz Bars
    Soft Peanut Brittle
    Almond Toffee
    Fudge in Christmas tree and gingerbread man shapes

Here's what K and her sister L did:

  • Banana Bread (with and without nuts)
    Cranberry Orange Bread (with and without almonds)
    Spice Cake
    Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
    Rice Krispie Treats
    German Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats
    Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch
    Santa's Whiskers
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    Sugar Cookies
    Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our coworker SA did some incredible cream cheese pound cake and peppermint bark, as well as crafting our lobby signage that was so crucial in driving people up to our location.

So it was truly a team effort, and we're all just THRILLED with the response we got!  Beyond thrilled!

Here is a photo of our goodies just before the customers arrived.  There were also two other cookie areas out of camera view so this isn't even a complete picture of the massive amount of goodies we started with.  You can see that we had a TON of stuff all packaged and labeled, and even had some backstock stashed in cabinets since it wouldn't fit on our tables!

SPCA Bake Sale Goodies!

SPCA Bake Sale Goodies!

And here is what was left after 8 hours of sales!  That's it!  Are you kidding me?!

This was all that was left!

So, after celebrating a great day that lasted 12 hours from set-up to clean-up, I stumbled home to face the mother of all messes in my kitchen.  These were just the items that had to be hand washed!  When, oh when, will those cats earn their keep and learn to do a dish or two during the day!  ^..^

Mother of all kitchen messes!

Mother of all kitchen messes!

Before I sign off this topic for a while (and start to plan next year's event, God willing), I wanted to share a little of what we've learned about bake sale success during our 2 experiences.  We aren't experts by any means, but we've definitely learned some things!

  • People love chocolate, especially brownies.  Have plenty!  Have more than you think you can sell!
  • People love peanut butter.
  • People like things that are decadent and that they wouldn't make themselves.
  • Lots of people dislike nuts so leave them out of recipes if they're optional.
  • People like BIG items – big slabs of bars, big pound cakes, big cookies.  Our smaller items sold the slowest, even though the recipes were incredible.  The small size just couldn't compete for the attention of people up next to the hefty items, even if there were lots of them in the package.
  • People love rice krispie treats!  Go figure, they aren't an item I especially care for, but I'm in the minority.  They sell like hotcakes.
  • Items in colored treat bags that can't be seen clearly don't move well.
  • Cute packaging sells great though, even if the item can't be seen through it.
  • Putting out samples of an item lights a fire under it's popularity.
  • If you're doing cake or bread, frosting or even a drizzle of glaze will pretty it up and help it sell better.
  • Some items are just too unexciting to sell well.  For example, I thought that good traditional gingerbread would be a great seller at Christmas.  It turned out to be really slow.  It just couldn't compete in a world full of rich brownies!
  • Pray, pray, pray!

So, one last shout out to K, L and SA for their hard work.  You girls worked like crazy women, and it paid off!  Thank you to building management for your fabulous support of this project.  Thank you, of course, to our fellow tenants, friends and family for buying our goodies and contributing online!  And most of all, thank you to God for blessing this event.  We are SO thankful and humbled that You answered our prayers!

Now.  What can I bake this weekend?


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9 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Lasairiona

    March 4, 20127:18 pm

    Hi there, I was wondering if you’d share your recipe for the Texas pecan pie bars? pretty please?

  2. Posted by BigSis

    March 4, 20127:24 pm

    Hi Lasairiona, thanks for your comment. That recipe comes from the Pastry Queen Cookbook. I highly recommend the book and the pecan pie bar recipe! I found it online here for you: http://www.powderedplum.com/2011/09/texas-pecan-pie-bars-ppq.html

    The book is really good, and has lots of other great recipes so you might want to check it out. If you make the bars let us know!

  3. Posted by Tiffany

    April 22, 20138:19 am

    This really is good information, thank you for sharing!

  4. Posted by Erin

    April 23, 201411:10 pm

    I was wondering what your price range was on your goodies?

  5. Posted by Ashley

    June 2, 201411:58 am

    I was looking for bake sale fundraising tips when I came across your site via pinterest. Your tips are invaluable and will definitely help make our sale unique and successful!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Posted by Tonya

    September 8, 20144:59 pm

    I wondered WHERE you were for this bake sale. What location in the US?


  7. Posted by Karen

    October 10, 20145:16 pm

    How far ahead did you bake the items for the sale?

  8. Posted by Nicole

    January 27, 201612:00 pm

    Thank you for this great information

  9. Posted by RyeBlossom

    June 29, 20163:06 pm

    Thank you for all the tips. I want to sell cake decorations and I know I need to pay a lot of attention to packaging (even if I don’t really want to spend a lot of money on it right now…), and your tips helped a lot!
    That was *a lot* to make!!! (But it does sound like fun ^_^)

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