A Brief History of Austin Bakes

Austin Bakes for Japan, the first Austin Bakes fundraiser

Austin Bakes for Japan, the first Austin Bakes fundraiser

The idea for Austin Bakes came about on Twitter in 2011, shortly after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. News was spreading of a national bake sale movement to benefit Japan, and a group of Austin food bloggers agreed to work together to host a bake sale for Japan here in Austin.

Hundreds of home cooks, food bloggers, and local businesses came together for that first bake sale, and since 2011, the all-volunteer effort has raised over $60,000 for natural disaster relief at four citywide bake sales. Participation in Austin Bakes is open to all, and many volunteers and bake sale site leaders have helped with all four sales.

Previous dates and fundraising totals for sales:

There will be vegan baked goods like these red velvet cupcakes at every bake sale location! The most vegan items are South and Central.

Austin Bakes for Japan

April 2, 2011

Benefiting AmeriCares

Total donated: $11,809.06

Volunteers at our seven bake sale sites raised over $10,000 for the Central Texas Wildfire Fund during Austin Bakes for Bastrop.

Austin Bakes for Bastrop

October 1, 2011

Benefiting Austin Community Foundation for the Capital Area

Total donated: $13,993.51


Melissa by Melissa Skorpil

Austin Bakes for West

May 4, 2013

Benefiting AmeriCares

Total donated: $19,416.92

Austin Bakes for Austin 

November 30, 2013

Benefiting Austin Disaster Relief Network

Total donated: $5,412.95

Austin Bakes for Nepal

May 23, 2015

Benefiting Americares

Total Donated: $6930.21

Austin Bakes for Refugees

November 14, 2015

Benefiting Americares

Total Donated: $1,269.46

Austin Bakes for Haiti

November , 5 2016

Benefiting Doctors Without Borders

Total Donated: $2,136.

2017-09-16 Austin Bakes for Harvey-137

Photo by Cecile Fusco | Cecile Fusco Photography

Austin Bakes for Harvey

September 16, 2017

Benefiting Americares

Total Donated: $20,110


Austin Bakes for Disaster Relief

November 4, 2017

Benefitting Direct Relief

Total Donated: $4,107.08

The grand total for all Austin Bakes fundraisers is: $85,185.19