Most people love a good slice of cake from a bake sale. But, what about those that aren't so fond of sweet treats? Well, even they'd be hard-pushed not to indulge themselves in a small cupcake or two if it's in aid of a good cause - like most bake sales (or cake sales, as we often refer to them in the United Kingdom) are.
One of the most commonly utilised fundraising ideas, people of all ages can get involved in a bake sale. Providing a huge amount of fun for adults and children alike, there are two main stages involved in this particular method of raising money - one of the most effective fundraising ideas.
There's the baking element - a focal point of many fundraising ideas - which is unbelievably fun, and the selling element.
Firstly you have to decide what type of cakes you want to bake and, ultimately sell. As a rule it's best to bake a variety of cakes; this way you could create some that you know are going to be universally loved - i.e. iced cupcakes, jam doughnuts, cherry Bakewells, chocolate muffins etc. - and some that are slightly more unusual - i.e. carrot cake, exotic fruit tarts etc.
You could, for example, as part of your own set of fundraising ideas, decide to customise the decoration on each cake - to sell to a specific person.
By doing this you'll be able to ensure your offerings appeal to everyone, which will ultimately allow you to make more money from this particular venture.
Unlike many fundraising ideas, the fun begins, depending on how much you enjoy walking round supermarkets, straightaway with the purchase of the ingredients. If you're planning on the baking with the kids, why not take them along to give you a hand with sourcing the ingredients?
Once you've got everything together - ready to make your bake sale fundraising ideas a reality - you can begin the baking process. To ensure that the cakes are fresh to be sold at a bake sale, you ideally need to bake them the day before you intend to sell them.
It's also recommended that you cook one batch of cakes or biscuits at a time. Keeping your eye on the timings and the cooking heats needed for each type of cake can prove to be extremely stressful - and remember fundraising ideas, like this one, shouldn't involve any stress.
Having baked your cakes, you'll be ready to start raising the funds that could benefit someone in need considerably. Remember, to book a venue well in-advance and ensure you have permission from the appropriate people. The venue could be a school playground, a village hall or a community centre - as long as you can attract plenty of hungry people, willing to dig deep into their wallets and purses for charity, and you have permission, it doesn't really matter too much.
Fundraising ideas like this one are so amazing because everyone can get involved at all stages. For example, the kids can, obviously with supervision from a responsible adult, partake in the baking and the selling of the cakes.
Another one of the delectable fundraising ideas you could try is a workplace-based cake delivery set-up - where orders are taken, cakes are baked and then delivered. Although the two fundraising ideas are relatively similar, it's certainly possible to raise a significant amount for charity - which is the most important thing.