Bake Sale Preview #4

Less than 12 hours until Austin Bakes for Japan opens for business!!! We’ve already raised over $1,000 in cash gifts thanks to generous business sponsorships from Sushi A-Go-Go, Community Renaissance Market, Cake Maker 3000, Sugartooth Bakery, and Objects of Confection. Add to that the $162 from donors on our FirstGiving Page, and we’re more than 10% of the way towards our $10,000 fundraising goal for AmeriCares Japan relief! I hope you’ll join us tomorrow at one of our five bake sale locations around Austin to help us make it the rest of the way there.

Here’s our last preview of items that will be available at the bake sale tomorrow. Remember, there are three ways to give to AmeriCares through Austin Bakes for Japan

  1. CASH- Please bring exact change if you are able.
  2. CHECKS- made out to AmeriCares, please, with Japan in the memo line.
  3. ONLINE– give via credit/debit card securely online and show us your receipt on paper or your phone in exchange for some goodies at the sale site of your choice.

Finally, don’t forget to wear sunscreen tomorrow, and to bring your camera and smart phone with you to the sale. Our donors and volunteers will be tweeting all day with the hashtag #AustinBakes, and we’ll be posting regular fundraising updates from our @Austinbakes twitter account. Hopefully bunches of people will upload amazing pictures to our Flickr group, too.


Apple Pie Pops available at the Shops at Mira Vista.

Lemongrass Creative Concepts is donating these sweet apple pie pops, plus these decorated cookies at the west location.

Available at the west location.



Also available at the west location, The Shops at Mira Vista, from 10 AM- 5 PM.


Does anyone else get misty when they see items decorated with the Japanese flags and cultural symbols? One of the most meaningful parts of writing these previews has been seeing the creative ways that different food artists in Austin are expressing their support for survivors in Japan.


Red velvet cupcakes at the South location? Yes, please!


Vegan baker Sugar Skull created these beauties, with ingredients donated by Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop. If that weren’t enough, Sugar Mama’s has donated 4-packs of assorted cupcakes, individually wrapped fudge dipped brownies and frosted cookies for us to sell at the South, East and Downtown locations. These will go fast tomorrow!

For non-vegan cowboy cookie lovers in South Austin!



For vegan cowboy cookie lovers in South Austin!


Vegans and non-vegans who love cowboy cookies should make a point to visit our South Austin bake sale. Blogger Jote and her daughter made cowboy cookies in adorable packaging, and blogger Sugar Skull made a vegan version of the same. There’s a car show happening on South Congress tomorrow, so we will need all the cookies we can get for the hungry passer-bys there.


Available at the South, East, and Central Sale locations.


SugaPlump Pastries will have mini bourbon chocolate pecan pies, along with an assortment of Patron XO Cafe infused chocolate cakeballs, red velvet cakeballs, and italian creme cakeballs at our South, East and Central Sale locations. That means no matter what part of town you’re in tomorrow, there’s no excuse not to eat a cake ball for Japan!

Bananarama! These banana oat muffins will be available at the south location!

Aneelee has made these mini banana oat muffins in packages of six for the South location. What a creative and cute way to package them, too!

Salted caramel and plain fudge brownies available on the east side at Nomad bar!

Boxing Octopus took a break from writing her dissertation to make two versions of fudge brownies for our East Austin location at Nomad Bar: salted caramel and plain. Good luck choosing just one of those!

Anyone who’s looking for savory flavors instead of sweet should plan to visit Foreign & Domestic tomorrow. Lisa is Cooking is bringing these herbed biscuits, Carla Crownover is making Beer Nuts using (of course) local pecans, and business partner Pie Fixes Everything will have some savory quiches in addition to their famous pies.

We can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow! Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, bring your camera and smart phone, bring exact change, and come with a big appetite. 🙂

Bake Sale Preview #1

Are you getting excited about the bake sale? We sure are! There are three days until Austin Bakes for Japan, and waiting for our first cookie to sell feels like waiting for Santa to come. That is, if Santa were bringing really awesome cookies and money for AmeriCares. If you’re mapping out your schedule for Saturday, here’s a convenient Google Map with all 5 locations of the bake sale plotted out. If you’re more a pen and paper person, the locations are:

Downtown Austin: Woof Gang Bakery, 1204 North Lamar Blvd., 78703 (10 AM-2 PM)

East Austin: Nomad Bar, 1213 Corona Drive, 78723 (10 AM-2 PM)

West Austin: The Shops at Mira Vista, 2785 Bee Cave Road, 78746 (10 AM-5 PM)

Central Austin: Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd st., 78751 (10 AM-2 PM)

South Austin: Hotel San Jose, 1511 South Congress Ave., 78704 (10 AM-2 PM)

Gluten and dairy-free goodness at the West location- The Shops at Mira Vista!

Jessica from ATX Gluten-Free is bringing these coconut lemon sugar cookies to the West location of the bake sale. Buying these cookies is a gluten-free and dairy-free way to give to AmeriCares’ work in Japan! Speaking of gluten, we’ll have gluten-free and vegan goodies available while they last at all five locations of the bake sale.


Chocolate Almond Toffee

Crunchy, chocolate-covered, gluten-free goodness at the Central location!

If you live in central Austin, Tasty Type’s chocolate almond toffee (also gluten-free!) is both a convenient and delicious excuse to make a donation to AmeriCares. It will be available at our Foreign & Domestic location. If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, or if you live east, perhaps a retro fabulous gelatin mold is just the thing!


Jello Mold for Japan!

Available at the Nomad Bar while they last!

The Modern Gelatina will be on hand at The Nomad Bar starting at noon on Saturday to sell some of her one-of-a-kind, boozy gelatin molds. This niche blogger has received international acclaim for her work, so the chance to buy one of these vintage-inspired creations is not to be missed! She created this Plum Wine Cocktail recipe especially for Austin Bakes for Japan, but she’ll have other flavors on Saturday, too.

Vegan Cocoa Puff Treat

These cocoa puff treats are just one of several vegan items that will be at the south location!

Vegan Lazy Smurf will be making these vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Puff Treats for Saturday. She’s one of  several vegan bakers at the south bake sale location, and although we’ll have vegan options at every sale, the south has the largest selection.


Chocolate Cookies

Available in the afternoon at the west location. Perfect for kids (or grown-ups) who want to support AmeriCares!

Across town, Cookie Madness is bringing Chocolate Skor Bar Cookies to the Mira Vista location around 2 PM. These treats are sure to be kid-pleasing because of the high chocolate content and rainbow sprinkles!


Available at the Central Location- Foreign & Domestic!

Austin Bakes organizer Lisa is Cooking will be bringing these white chocolate hazelnut blondies to the central location, plus she’s our lead volunteer there!

Strawberry Almond Scones

Available downtown at Woof Gang Bakery!

The lead volunteer at our downtown location, Franish Nonspeaker, is making these Strawberry Almond Scones with Buttermilk Glaze for folks who don’t want rich dessert items too early in the morning.

For those of you who DO want a rich dessert item early in the morning, Miles of Chocolate famous chocolatey desserts will be available at the downtown and central locations. They are even cutting the bars into single servings and wrapping them individually for us! These treats are a must-try if you’re at the bake sale. For three years running, Miles of Chocolate has been voted #1 in the Local Chocolate category in the Austin Chronicle’s Restaurant Reader’s Poll. They’re kind of a big deal in town, and we think they’re going to raise big bucks for Japan!

We’ll be previewing even more recipes and photos from all five bake sale locations tomorrow and Friday. In the meantime, we’re preparing for lots of social networking on Saturday and afterwards. Here’s a rundown of links to our online communities:

  • Flickr: We’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 Community: We like you, and you should like us, too! We’re posting bake sale previews, recipes, and donation updates on the Facebook Community page.
  • Facebook Event: Inviting your friends to the Facebook Event is a great way to spread the word about Austin Bakes.


Austin Bakes for Japan Locations Announced!

We have some big news to share– the locations of our bake sales!

Austin Bakes for Japan will have five locations on Saturday, April 2nd, so no matter where your day takes you, it will be easy to make a gift to AmeriCares and enjoy some great food! We owe many thanks and a big hug to our business partners who have agreed to host a sale. Here’s where you’ll be able to find us on April 2nd:


Downtown Austin: Woof Gang Bakery
1204 North Lamar Blvd., 78703

Austin Bakes for Japan will be set up in front of the main store entrance.


East Austin: Nomad Bar
1213 Corona Drive, 78723

Austin Bakes for Japan will be set up outside in front of the building.


West Austin: The Shops at Mira Vista
2785 Bee Cave Road, 78746

Austin Bakes for Japan will be set up at the east part of the shopping center, between Keith Kristofer Salon and Spa and Collectic Home.


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

Austin Bakes for Japan will be set up in the restaurant parking lot.

South Austin: Hotel San Jose
1511 South Congress Ave., 78704

Austin Bakes for Japan will be set up on the grassy area at the entrance of the Hotel parking lot along South Congress avenue.

Why five bake sale locations? The community response to Austin Bakes for Japan has been huge! We’re 80 volunteer bakers and several business partners strong. Plus, we’re still accepting donations of baked goods, volunteer help, and business support. By spreading out across Austin, Austin Bakes for Japan will give everyone a chance to pitch in and raise money for a great cause.

All five bake sale locations will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, April 2nd.  The west Austin location, The Shops at Mira Vista, will be having a Community Block Party that day until 5 PM, so we’ll keep our tables open there as long as the party’s going. Proceeds from sales at all locations will go to AmeriCares’ work in Japan. We’ll also be accepting donations online at our FirstGiving page before, during and after the sale.

Special thanks to volunteer Karen for creating a Google Map that shows the locations of the Austin Bakes for Japan sales!

A new logo for Austin Bakes!

Check it out, we’ve adapted the national Bake Sale for Japan logo so that it represents our city!

Austin Bakes for Japan Logo

We’ve updated the logo here, on our online giving page, our Twitter account and our Facebook event page.

Wait. What?? You haven’t made a gift online, followed us on Twitter or RSVP’d to the Facebook event?? No hard feelings. Those links will open up in a new tab so that you can get right on that without even leaving this page!

Even though our logo has changed, our cause remains the same. All online and in-person proceeds from the Austin Bakes for Japan bake sale will support AmeriCares work in Japan. Many thanks to cocktail blogger and bake sale volunteer extraordinaire My Life in Cocktails for modifying the original design.

Good News from Austin Bakes

Things are moving right along at the Austin Bakes headquarters! Our team of volunteers is working really hard to line up an awesome bake sale location (or two! or three!) where we will be able to sell delicious treats. 100% of our proceeds will benefit AmeriCares, a top-rated non-profit that’s providing medical supplies and humanitarian aid in Japan.

Already lots of local businesses have pledged to give space, desserts, or cash in support of our cause, and so far over 50 Austin bloggers and foodies have volunteered to make baked goods for the sale. We’ll have a special page highlighting everyone’s generosity ready to post here in the next few days.

As if that wasn’t enough good news, we found out  today that, besides Austin, 19 other cities will be baking for Japan on April 2nd!! Bay area blogger and cook Samin Nosrat is organizing this national effort, and Slashfood wrote a great story about her work on the Bake Sale for Japan today.

If you want to get on board and help with the bake sale, send us an email. We’re still looking for volunteer help, corporate support, matching gifts, and most importantly, lots and lots of delicious baked goods to sell. We’ll have even more great news to share in the next 48 hours as our locations are finalized, so stay tuned to @Austinbakes on Twitter for breaking news!