Throwing your own bake sale doesn’t mean you need to be an expert in the kitchen. There are a whole host of delicious treats that are quick and easy to make.

Whether you host your bake sale in the comfort of your own home or have a bake sale at work, there’s no better feeling than satisfying rumbling tummies, whilst raising funds for a charity close to your heart.

Whether you’re in the middle of planning a charity bake sale or you’re thinking about hosting one, follow our top tips to ensure your charity bake sale is a roaring success.

How do I organise a charity bake sale?

Organisation is key to hosting a successful bake sale, so start recruiting early when it comes to finding your bakers.

The more treats and delicious savoury bakes you offer, the more money you’re likely to raise. So, shout about your bake sale from the rooftops, get your friends and family to spread the word, and you’re sure to recruit a dedicated team of bakers in no time at all.

If you don’t fancy baking, or don’t know anyone who is able to bake for you, why not buy your sweet treats – it’s not cheating, honest.

It also pays to make posters and flyers to distribute far and wide. You could even ask local businesses to get involved to make your bake sale even bigger.

What are the best sellers at a bake sale?

When it comes to choosing what to sell, you should consider everyone’s favourite sweet treats, such as cupcakes and cornflake cakes for little ones, right through to savoury bakes like pies, quiches and pasties. Chocolate chip cookies, brownies and flapjacks are all winners too.

Oh, and don’t forget to cater for people with different dietary requirements by providing some vegan, gluten and dairy free options.

We’ve whipped up some tasty recipes to get your creative juices flowing.

Simple but sweet

Holding a bake sale doesn’t have to be difficult. Grace, aged 8, raised £130 from selling cakes outside her house. Grace was inspired to bake as her Great Grandpa served in the Armed Forces and her Dad is an Army Reserve.

8-year-old fundraiser holding bake sale
Fundraiser Grace - Photo: Grace's family

How do I price my bakes?

Pricing the items at your bake sale needn’t be tricky providing you keep things simple. It’s easier all round to make sure that all your cakes, pies and other treats have a clear price point, with easy to read labels.

Some people even just ask buyers to donate what they think each cake is worth; people tend to be extra generous when food is involved.

Don’t forget to Gift Aid your donations where possible. If you are a UK taxpayer, the charity could claim 25p on every £1 donated from the Government at no extra cost to you. Find out more on our gift aid page

How do I label my bakes?

When it comes to labelling your cakes at a bake sale, it’s important that you clearly state what you are selling and what ingredients they contain.  You should also say whether the product is gluten or dairy-free too. It’s important that those with allergies know what they are buying.

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