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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Austin Bakes for Austin Preview!

The big day is almost here! Tables loaded with goodies will be available at five locations across the city of Austin on Saturday, November 30 from 10am to 2pm. Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to find at each of our bake sales tomorrow.

Click here to the bake sale locations on a map!


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

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South: Crema Bakery
9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748

  • Kitschn Calamities: Biscoff No-Bake Cookies, Nutella No-Bake Cookies, Poppy Seed Tea Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Carissa S: Gingerbread Dried Apples
  • Caregiving Cafe: Muffins
  • Lauren M: Bundt Cakes
  • The Little Red Journal: Pumpkin Spice Oat Cookies
  • Cookie Madness: Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Misty Morning Bakery: Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Curious Confections: Scones, Shortbread
  • Livin’ Lyssa: Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
  • Homemade Austin: S’mores Cookies
  • Sonya M: Pies (Key Lime, Caramel Apple, Coconut, Lemon), Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Savory Shortbread, Chile Relleno Quiche, Spiced Nuts
  • Subaustinite: Cranberry Bars
  • Kathy G: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, Cupcakes
  • Frank: Sea Salt Maple Honey Shortbread
  • Michele: Cookies, Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Rosani: TBD

Guiness Cupcakes

North: Make It Sweet
9070 Research Blvd #203, Austin, TX 78757

  • Nancy L: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Lollipops, Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Stetted: Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies
  • Andi T: Glazed Pecans
  • Cindee D: Cookies
  • Beverly: Mini Bundt Cakes
  • Girl Gone Grits: Mini Cakes
  • Clarabelle Cottage: Cupcakes(Raspberry Chipotle Chocolate, Pineapple Spice Cheesecake), Cookies, Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loves
  • Veronica P: Cookies
  • Regina M.: Chocolate Dipped Caramel Pretzels
  • Lynsey C: White Chocolate Pretzels
  • Sweet Pastel Cakes: Chocolate Covered Cookies filled with Dulce de Leche
  • Lucy M: Mini Pumpkin or Pound Cake Loaves
  • 2 T’s Sweets: Decorated Sugar Cookies
  • Kitchen Concoctions: TBD
  • The Kitchen Trials: TBD
  • Sushi in the ATX: TBD
  • Carol M.: TBD
  • Christina H: TBD
  • Lily D: TBD
  • Heather H: TBD

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East: Sugar Circus Bakery
2613 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

  • Dana B: Cookies
  • Diane C: Sweet Bread, Brownies
  • Aneelee: Chipotle Agave Granola, Button Cupcakes
  • Mary Makes Dinner: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gingerbread Cupcakes, Smoked Cherry Brownies
  • Hilary Anderson: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Austin Gastronomist: Rosemary Toasted Pecans, Cheddar Kale Muffins
  • Aja: Madeleines, Gingerbread Cookies
  • Bake Me Away: Chocolate Mustache Cookies, Cheese Sables, Baklava
  • Keri: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins
Pumpkin Bread from Totally Nuts Bakery

Pumpkin Bread from Totally Nuts Bakery

Downtown: Whole Foods Market Lamar
525 N. Lamar Boulevard, 78703

  • Midnite Chef: Bread, Cookies
  • Alissa M: Gluten-Free Cookies
  • Claire R: Poached Pear Cranberry Cupcakes, Autumn Nut & Berry Brittle
  • Angela C: Almond Blondies, Pecan Sandies
  • Austin Gastronomist: Rosemary Toasted Pecans, Cheddar Kale Muffins, Vegan Chocolate Brownies
  • Stephanie: Dutch Apple Pies
  • Loretta: Sugar Cookies, Mini Apple Pies
  • Totally Nuts Bakery: Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread, Brownies
  • David: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  • Erin: Dark Chocolate Fudge
  • Beyond Picket Fences: TBD
  • Butterlust: TBD

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!

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.

A Quick Guide to Baking for Austin Bakes

Need a little help choosing what to bake for the big day? There are a few things to keep in mind while you make your decision. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your bake sale contribution.

Austin Bakes for Austin - November 30 - Citywide Charity Bake Sale for Flood Victims

Choosing a Recipe
Try to choose a sturdy recipe, something that will do well without refrigeration. Things like cookies, muffins, and biscuits tend to do well, but items with fragile bits, like cream cheese frosting, custard, and whipped cream aren’t ideal.

Batches of cookies are a classic choice, and always popular, as are muffins, scones, cake balls, and granola bars. Larger items, like whole pies, loaves of bread, and spice cakes are real show stoppers too. If you’d like to do something a little more outside the box, consider homemade jams, preserves, granola, or doggy biscuits.

Austin Bakes for Austin - November 30 - Citywide Charity Bake Sale for Flood Victims

Packaging Your Goodies
According to Austin health codes, bake sale items need to be wrapped and packaged before arriving at the sale. You can use things like cellophane bags, paper gift boxes, or plastic wrap to package your items.

Keep in mind that the prettier they look, the quicker they will sell, and the more cash they will bring in. We recommend packaging small items, like cookies, truffles, or muffins in packs of six or twelve, as batches of goodies tend to sell better than individual items.

Austin Bakes for Austin - November 30 - Citywide Charity Bake Sale for Flood Victims

Labeling Your Treats
It’s super important that all bake sale items are properly labeled. This not only makes them more appealing to buyers, but it can help protect folks with food allergies or special diets. We recommend adding a big fat label to each of your items featuring a descriptive name for your baked good. If your goodies are vegan, dairy free, nut free, gluten free, or paleo-friendly, be sure to label them as such. If you have a blog, a twitter handle, or a web site, go ahead and add that to the label as well.

Delivery Time
Try to drop off your donated treats to the sale location as early as possible. This helps give organizers the best chance to move as many goodies as possible. Be sure to drop off your donation in a container that doesn’t need to be returned. It’s all too easy to lose track of tupperware in the excitement of a city-wide sale.

Need More Inspiration?
Check out these amazing recipes from past bake sale contributors!

Check out a visual guide to all of these fabulous recipes on the Austin Bakes: Bake Sale Recipes Pinterest Board.

Help Us Spread the Word!

Tweets for #AustinBakes!

Tweets for #AustinBakes!

While we gear up for our big bake sale on November 30, we’ll need your help getting the word out. We need to recruit enough bakers, shoppers, and volunteers to make this sale better than ever.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to shout “Austin Bakes” from the tree tops. We’ve created some tools to make that a whole lot easier. Enjoy!

P.S. If you blog about Austin Bakes, please let us know! We’d love to share a link to your post here on our site! You can check out past blog posts, articles, and more on our press page.

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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.