Break away from the herd at your next bake sale and wow the crowds with something unusual. These six delicious treats will ensure a sold-out table and an envious group of friends.
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Cupcakes are very popular right now: shows like Cupcake Wars have made it trendy to create novelty cupcakes that are delicate artworks as well as delicious treats. One design that does well at barbeques and picnics is the hamburger cupcake. People love it because it tastes of vanilla beans and brownies, but it looks like a miniature hamburger, complete with sesame seeds!
Key Lime Cookies
While chocolate chip cookies are a fan-favorite, people dread their melty chips on hot days, which is when most bake sales occur. If you want to sell out during a baking fundraiser, make sure you choose soft, melt-less cookies. Some of the best choices are ones that taste refreshing, like lemon meringue, simple sugar cookies, and snickerdoodles. Your friends will beg you for a recipe if you choose something like Key Lime Coolers.
Cake balls have become almost as trendy as cupcakes on TV and at bake sales. If you were doing a bake sale for the Ed Young Fellowship or a school band trip, you could do delicious cheesecake balls. The compact design of the ball keeps the coolness inside, keeping the cheese-mixture safe, even on hot days. Cake balls can be frozen before a sale so that they provide the buyers a refreshing chill.
Vegan No-Bake Cupfakes
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People today are getting creative with their cupcake pans: they’re using them to create all manner of itty-bitty treats. Cupfakes is the term used for something that appears to be a cupcake, but doesn’t have a ‘cake’ aspect. One delicious example that does well with children at a bake sale is the Tuity Fruity Cupfake, which tastes like a fruity rice crispy treat with frosting on top. Another option is a vegan cupfake for the alternative eaters.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Moon Pies
Forget the tired old recipes that every person bakes for a fundraiser; try something daring, like a chocolate peanut butter moon pie. These sweet treats are best for indoor bake sales, because they are prone to melt. However, their old-fashioned style will draw out older buyers like moths to a flame.
Savory Cheddar Biscuits
What could be more novel at a bake sale than something that’s not sweet? Savory cheddar biscuits, like the ones found at Red Lobster, will be the belle of the ball at a bake sale where everyone else is selling sugary sweets. Half of the people in the world prefer salt over sugar, so half of the bake sale will instantly prefer your treat over those caramel fudge bars and ice cream sandwiches.
If you bake one of these winning treats, your friends will be sure to ask for a recipe, and your buyers will leave with glowing reviews of your baking skills. Remember to avoid the tried-and-true fan favorites like chocolate chip cookies, or you could be one of ten participants with a huge plate of leftovers.
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