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.

 

Austin Bakes for West

Mark your calendars and start your ovens! Austin Bakes for West is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th. The bake sale will be modeled after Austin Bakes for Bastrop and Austin Bakes for Japan and it’s being organized by many of the same folks. We’ll be raising money for AmeriCares‘ relief efforts in West, Texas. Everyone is invited to help out and participate however they are able. If you can help or want more information, send us an email. We’ll keep you informed as the locations and other logistical details about the sale firm up.

If you’d like to begin promoting the sale via social media, please consider linking to our online giving page here, or this website, Austinbakes.com. Our Twitter and Instagram hashtag for the sale is #AustinBakes, and our Facebook page is active.

Finally, if you’d like to help West in advance of the sale, please consider making a gift to AmeriCares relief efforts there via our secure online giving page. You can also schedule an appointment to give blood at the Blood Center of Central Texas.

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!

Brownies

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.

 

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!