The Art of Packaging Baked Goods

They say that you taste with your eyes, so it stands to figure that the prettier an item is, the better it will sell at a bake sale. Packaging your goodies in an attractive way not only helps get them off the table as quickly as possible, it helps generate larger donations from bake sale patrons.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Large fragile treats, like frosted cupcakes or whole pies should be boxed up. Looks for bakers’ boxes at your local bake supply shop. Boxes with clear windows are perfect for bake sales because they let buyers get a sneak peek at your beautiful baked goods.

Small items do best when sold in batches. Try packing up cookies, cake balls, or granola bars by the half-dozen or bakers’ dozen. Plain looking items, like loaves of banana bread or batches of granola can be dolled up by colorful wrappings and bags. Try embellishing your goodies with pretty tags, labels, ribbons and bakers’ twine.

Gateway Nut Free Granola- The Kid Can Cook

Photo by M. Fandrich

Labeling your goodies properly is really important for a few reasons. First off, people want to know what they are buying, so adding a descriptive title to your treats can help entice sales. Food allergies and special diets are also an important thing to consider. If your recipe includes a common allergen, like peanuts, consider adding a note on your label letting folks know.

If you’ve made a recipe that friendly to a certain diet or allergy, that’s a great selling point. Be sure to mention if your donation is gluten-free, dairy free, nut-free, low-sugar, vegan, paleo, etc.

Need some packaging inspiration for the big sale? We’ve collected some tutorial and printable links to help.

Downloads & Printables

Packaging Tips and Tutorials

Check out even more fun packaging ideas on the Austin Bakes: Packaging Ideas Pinterest Board!

And don’t forget, if you purchase your packaging materials at Make It Sweet at 9070 Research Blvd., Set 203, Austin, TX 78758 and mention “Austin Bakes as you check out, they’ll donate 25% of the sale to Austin Bakes for Nepal! The offer is good through Friday, May 22.

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This post was originally published by Mary Helen Leonard on November 2013 for the Austin Bakes for Austin fund raiser.

Austin Bakes for Nepal: Bake Sale Locations Announced!

Photo courtesy of Melissa Skorpil

Photo courtesy of Melissa Skorpil

On Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. stop by any of these 9 locations around Austin to pick up some delicious baked goodies and support relief efforts in Nepal at the same time:

DOWNTOWN

CENTRAL

NORTH

SOUTH

EAST

  • Micklethwait Craft Meats,1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702 ***Due to rain, there will not be tables set up, but you can still purchase baked goods from the trailer.***
  • Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

WEST

Next up: Sign-up sheets for bakers and volunteers!


Spread the Word!

Help us harness the power of the internet by sharing information about this bake sale and the various ways people can help:

Online Donations are Now Open

As with previous Austin Bakes fundraisers, there is an option to make a monetary donation using a credit or debit card through our Austin Bakes For Nepal FirstGiving page. Online donations will go directly into the fund set aside for Nepal through AmeriCares.

Those who are unable to visit one of the bake sale locations can still participate and help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 for relief efforts in Nepal through this option. For anyone whose employer has a matching gift program, this is an excellent way to maximize donations. FirstGiving makes that as easy as clicking a button.

Please visit our FirstGiving page and consider making an online donation to help jumpstart this fundraiser before we even get to the day of the sale: Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And, as always, help get the word out by sharing:

  • Use the hashtag #AustinBakes.
  • Follow and share our Facebook account.
  • Follow and share our Twitter account.
  • Follow and tag our Instagram account.

Curious about where the money is going? Check out this post; it has all the answers.

Thank You, Austin!

We raised more than $4,800 dollars (and counting) for Austin Disaster Relief Network during yesterday’s big sale! To all of our bakers, volunteers, patrons, business partners and location hosts, we can’t thank you enough for all of your help and support.

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Here are the fundraising totals for each of our Austin Bakes for Austin locations:

Crema Bakery – South Austin Bakes for Austin: $1,133
Make It Sweet – North Austin Bakes for Austin: $963.69
Whole Foods Market Lamar – Downtown Austin Bakes for Austin: $614.08
Sugar Circus – East Austin Bakes for Austin: $607.46
Foreign & Domestic – Central Austin Bakes for Austin: $568.00
Springdale Farm Bakes for Austin: $111.00
Online Contributions: $805.00

If you missed the sale in person and you would still like to contribute, you may do so securely online. We’re still collecting contributions through our fundraiser page.

Stay tuned for an update with our final totals for this event.

Thank you to the volunteers, mediabusiness partners, and donors who gave so generously in support of our goal! Your help, time, tweets, Facebook shares, and blog posts helped make this event a success, and we are so grateful.

We’d also like to thank Melissa Skorpil for taking such gorgeous photos of the event. In addition to Melissa’s beautiful photos (featured in the slideshow above) you can check out our Flickr Group for more pictures from yesterday’s sale. If you have photos from yesterday, we’d love for you to share them on the Flickr Group.

While we’re at it, we’d like to take a moment to give our thanks to the Austin businesses who so graciously hosted Austin Bakes for Austin. Volunteer sales were held at Whole Foods Market Lamar, Foreign & Domestic, Sugar Circus Bakery, Make It Sweet, Crema Bakery & Cafe. Springdale Farm held a satellite sale at their farm stand yesterday, and helped to raise an extra $111.00 for Austin Disaster Relief Network.

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No-Bake? No-Problem: Five Ways Non-Bakers Can Help

So maybe you love the idea of Austin Bakes, but you aren’t super confident in the kitchen. Fret not, non-bakers, there is still so much that you can do to help. In addition to bakers, Austin Bakes needs volunteers to help out at sale sites, and donations of supplies and necessary equipment, and help promoting the event.

Here are a few ways that you can help without ever touching an oven.

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

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

Volunteer at a Bake Sale Site
Our goal is to have several volunteers at every sale site. These folks will collect donations, assist customers, and help set up and break down tables, chairs, and tents. We still need plenty of help in this department, particularly at our Central and East locations. (Foreign & Domestic and Sugar Circus Bakery.)

Make Signs
Drawing attention to the sale is no small task. We could really use some big, eye-catching signs to help promote the sale, and to drive traffic toward the sites. Homemade and DIY signs are just fine, so if you have some free time and some extra poster-board, do us a solid and whip up a sign or two.

These gorgeous signs were donated for our very first sale, Austin Bakes for Japan.

These gorgeous signs were donated for our very first sale, Austin Bakes for Japan.

Donate Supplies
You might be surprised to find out that bake sales require quite a few supplies to run smoothly. We need red plastic tablecloths, bottled water for volunteers, blank labels, pens,  tapes, scissors and cardstock for making small signs for the tables. Big pickle jars and coffee cans are also very handy (for collecting donations).

Lend Props and Equipment
Do you have a folding table, folding chair, or pop-up tent that we could borrow for the sale? These large items are sometimes hard to acquire, so lending one out for the day would be a huge help. We could also use props to dress up the tables. Items like cake stands, fancy baskets, and decorative trays will help us sell more goodies.

We need supplies, props, tables, and tents to make Austin Bakes for Austin a success.

We need supplies, props, tables, and tents to make Austin Bakes for Austin a success.

Spread the Word
The easiest thing that you can do to help is to share the sale with your community. Invite your friends to our Facebook event. Share our site on Twitter, Facebook, and G+. Write a blog post. Call or write to your favorite Austin news or radio channel and ask them to talk about Austin Bakes. Print some flyers and share them with your family and co-workers. We need all the help we can get, and we can never have too many customers on the big day.

Have you found a great way to help Austin Bakes? Send us an email or sign up to help through our volunteer sign-up page.

Austin Bakes for Austin: Sale Locations

Join us Saturday, November, 30 at one of the following spots in Austin from 10am – 2pm.

Bake Sale items are available by donation. Make your donation by cash, check (made out to Austin Disaster Relief Network), or online, then pick out your goodies! All proceeds will go to Austin Disaster Relief Network to help assist our Austin neighbors affected by the recent floods.

Come down to one our our five locations to pick up some treats and help support a good cause!

Click here to the bake sale locations on a map!

Austin Bakes for Austin - Charity Bake Sale - Nov 30 2013

Photo by Michelle F.

Austin Bakes for West Preview #1

These bluebonnet cookies by Capital Cake Chick will be available at the South Austin Bakes for West sale site. Capital Cake Chick is one of over 40 business sponsors donating baked goods to Austin Bakes for West.

These bluebonnet cookies by Capital Cake Chick will be available at the South Austin Bakes for West sale site. Capital Cake Chick is one of over 40 business sponsors donating baked goods to Austin Bakes for West.

Are you getting excited about Austin Bakes for West? We sure are! The bake sale is tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, and waiting for our first kolache to sell feels like waiting for Santa to come. That is, if Santa were bringing amazing kolaches and money for AmeriCares’ relief efforts in West. If you’re mapping out your schedule for Saturday, here’s a convenient Google Map with all 8 locations of the bake sale plotted out. If you’re more a pen and paper person, the locations are:

Bee Cave: Whole Foods Market Bee Cave
12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

Central Austin: Foreign & Domestic
306 E. 53rd Street, 78751

Central Austin: Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
6610 N Lamar Blvd, 78757

Downtown Austin: Whole Foods Market Lamar
525 North Lamar Boulevard, 78703

East Austin: Springdale Farm
755 Springdale Road, 78702

Northwest Austin: Whole Foods Market Gateway
9607 Research Boulevard, #300, 78759

Round Rock: Round Rock Market Days
221 E. Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664

South Austin: Crema Bakery & Cafe
9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748

All eight bake sale sites will be open from 10 AM – 2 PM. Our online giving page is open now, and we’ve already raised over $500 there!  None of the items at Austin Bakes for West will have price tags. Instead, our cheerful volunteers will take your gift for AmeriCares and encourage you to shop accordingly! We will be accepting cash and checks made out to AmeriCares at the bake sales. If you’d prefer to pay by credit card, please make your gift online and take the receipt to the sale to get shopping!

Star Marshmallows

Nancy L.’s homemade chocolate-covered marshmallows will be available at the North Austin Bakes for West sale site. 100% of proceeds from our sale will benefit West, Texas relief efforts.

We are also preparing for lots of social networking on Saturday and afterwards. Here’s a rundown of links to our online communities:

  • FlickrWe’ll be asking people to post photos of their baked goods and photos from the bake sale here!
  • Twitter: If it’s 140 characters or less, and it’s about @AustinBakes, it belongs on Twitter! The volunteers and donors at the bake sale will be using the #austinbakes hash tag to share information on Saturday.
  • Facebook: We like you, and you should like us, too! We’re posting bake sale previews, recipes, and donation updates on the Facebook Page.
  • Facebook EventInviting your friends to the Facebook Event is a great way to spread the word about Austin Bakes.
Visit the Stiles Switch Sale site for peanut butter cookies and other baked goods from food blogger Stetted! Food bloggers are baking for all eight sale sites, and we'll post many of their recipes here following the sale.

Visit the Stiles Switch Sale site for peanut butter cookies and other baked goods from food blogger Stetted! Food bloggers are baking for all eight sale sites, and we’ll post many of their recipes here following the sale.