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I am in charge of a "bake sale" table at a Focus Driven event this April.  There will be about 1000 people there and I would like to have enough baked goods for all. I would like to make cookies,
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Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/11/2011 5:34 PM EST
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I am in charge of a "bake sale" table at a Focus Driven event this April.  There will be about 1000 people there and I would like to have enough baked goods for all.

I would like to make cookies, brownies, cupccakes, cakes, cobbler, and anything else that will sell.
 
I will have three or four helpers. 

Could someone please give me some help on how much to bake?  How many cookies? brownies? cakes? cupcakes? Enough for 1000.
also any freezing tips would be welcome. Thanks Linda

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posted at 2/11/2011 5:38 PM EST
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I am in charge of a "bake sale" table at a fundraiser event for Focus Driven this April.  I would like to have enough baked goods for 1000 people expected to be there.  I would like to have cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, cobblers, and anything else that will sell.

I  need help in knowing how much to bake of each.  Brownies?Cookies?Cupcakes? Cakes?Cobbler?
I hope to have some helpers.

When should I start? Do you have any freezing tips? Thanks Linda

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/11/2011 6:59 PM EST
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I can't tell you how much to bake for so many people.  But I can tell you that I myself prefer to buy cookies and brownies at bake sales.  My "most" favorites are oatmeal and chocolate chip (toll house especially).  Something not so messy as a cobbler would be. You can bag them up and not need any utensils.  Just some napkins.   Another suggestion is to have a raffle for a whole cake or pie or a selection of them.   You could sell the raffle tickets and have a separate drawing for each item.  That way people will buy more tickets, so they can have a chance for each of their favorites.  I suppose you could do a silent auction for the  whole baked goods if you prefer, that could encourage people to bid for a special treat.
Oh, and be sure you have some items plain - no nuts.  I simply don't like nuts, but many people are allergic to them.  I always buy up the brownies without nuts.Smile

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/12/2011 12:44 AM EST
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I would have some for diabetics also. And many people are now having to use gluten free items.

Does it have to be all sweets? Why not some homemade breads?

Remember, not everyone will buy items. Perhaps about 60% will. Package cookies by 1/2 dozen, dozen and make some 4" ones to wrap individually.  Same with cupcakes, brownies, etc. Single pie slices or cake slices also.

Make up cookie doughs ahead of time, use plastic wrap to roll the dough into logs and freeze until a day or two before. If you wish to know which doughs freeze well, check your grocers freezer section for the types of pre-made cookie doughs.

There used to be a section on the Nestle's site with info on bake sales. Perhaps the "resource" section still has it.

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/12/2011 4:16 AM EST
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I agree with Wa-Ha K
 Also you can do a mixed dozen(4 of 3 different cookies). Coffee cakes are good sellers, also breakfast rolls. You can wrap 4 rolls in a pack & price them (the more they buy the cheaper),do the same with muffins, apple, banana, pumpkin etc.
Pies are messy so if you are doing them, do a whole pie & nothing that has to be chilled. Some people will buy more if they can select a variety dozen & not the same 12 (like going to a bakery) so have a large tray of cookies & bags & make sure you have a bag over your hand to pick the cookies up . If you have baked goods left at close to closing time, announce a percent off (shoppers, the remaining baked goods are now being sold for 25% off or even 50%)

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/12/2011 8:41 PM EST
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Bar cookies are the easiest.  You can cut them in a variety of sizes.  Just about any cookie recipe can be adapted to a bar cookie.

As far as cutting or cookie sizes go in two directions.  Make some HUGE and wrap them individually.  Next make some real small and bag them by the dozen or half dozen.

Fudge does very well at sales.  Make some fudge as you usually do then take some and dip into chocolate.  the coating of the chocolate will seal it and keep it fresh but will also be more indulgent.

Chocolate coat pretzel rods.  Bag by the half dozen. You can roll the chocolate pretzels in sprinkles, nuts or drizzle with white chocolate as decorations.

Get a book of Gifts from a Jar.  Make the gift jars and tag with ingredients and directions.  You can make soups, cookie mixes, brownies, hot chocolate mix any number of items.  These would do well as people can make them when they want.


I think a good choice would also be a selection of fresh fruits.  This would give people the option of making a healthy selection.

And last but not least you could have a Absolutely No guilt table and for a donation to your group the baked good would be given to a homeless shelter.  This way you get the donation for your organization and a shelter gets treats for their guests.  This would be a win, win, win, option.

I have an absolutely outrageous recipe for brownies if you want it.  I must tell you right off it is very decadent and a pretty expensive recipe.  It  has more than 2 pounds of chocolate in it.  So price wise I don't know if it would do well, it does make a huge pan, 13X18 (that is about a1/2 sheet pan) It can be made in a jelly roll pan but the brownies will be thicker.

Most cookies, brownies freeze well.  Just wrap and then thaw in the refrigerator over night.
If you do cakes Bundt cake or pound cakes will probably freeze the best.

Hope this helps a bit.

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/12/2011 10:34 PM EST
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All of the ideas I had were already given.  I have nothing else to add, except to say that you got a lot of good ideas.  Hope all goes well.
Let us know how it turns out and what you decided to do.

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/12/2011 10:35 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Baking for a crowd:
Bar cookies are the easiest.  You can cut them in a variety of sizes.  Just about any cookie recipe can be adapted to a bar cookie. As far as cutting or cookie sizes go in two directions.  Make some HUGE and wrap them individually.  Next make some real small and bag them by the dozen or half dozen. Fudge does very well at sales.  Make some fudge as you usually do then take some and dip into chocolate.  the coating of the chocolate will seal it and keep it fresh but will also be more indulgent. Chocolate coat pretzel rods.  Bag by the half dozen. You can roll the chocolate pretzels in sprinkles, nuts or drizzle with white chocolate as decorations. Get a book of Gifts from a Jar.  Make the gift jars and tag with ingredients and directions.  You can make soups, cookie mixes, brownies, hot chocolate mix any number of items.  These would do well as people can make them when they want. I think a good choice would also be a selection of fresh fruits.  This would give people the option of making a healthy selection. And last but not least you could have a Absolutely No guilt table and for a donation to your group the baked good would be given to a homeless shelter.  This way you get the donation for your organization and a shelter gets treats for their guests.  This would be a win, win, win, option. I have an absolutely outrageous recipe for brownies if you want it.  I must tell you right off it is very decadent and a pretty expensive recipe.  It  has more than 2 pounds of chocolate in it.  So price wise I don't know if it would do well, it does make a huge pan, 13X18 (that is about a1/2 sheet pan) It can be made in a jelly roll pan but the brownies will be thicker. Most cookies, brownies freeze well.  Just wrap and then thaw in the refrigerator over night. If you do cakes Bundt cake or pound cakes will probably freeze the best. Hope this helps a bit.
Posted by nikki p

Nikki:  I would love the brownie recipe.  PLEASE!!!  Thank you!!!  Marie F.

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/13/2011 2:06 AM EST
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Nikki, I would love the brownie recipe too!!  PLEASE!!!  THANK YOU!!!

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posted at 2/13/2011 7:06 AM EST
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I was ask if we can bake for the wedding party at the fire hall and we said yes and they enjoyed every thing and they wher happy to.

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/13/2011 8:12 AM EST
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Please let us know how you make out and what you ended up taking!!

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posted at 2/13/2011 9:07 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Baking for a crowd:
Nikki, I would love the brownie recipe too!!  PLEASE!!!  THANK YOU!!!
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Carol and Marie  I will post the brownie recipe in the Chocoholics Forum.

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/13/2011 9:39 AM EST
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Brownie recipe is now in the "system"  Enjoy.
I searched for the recipe and I can not locate it.  It is possible that it has to be reviewed and it may post in a day or so.  But it is also written out in Chocoholics Anonymous.

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/14/2011 12:17 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Baking for a crowd:
In Response to Re: Baking for a crowd : Carol and Marie  I will post the brownie recipe in the Chocoholics Forum.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki:  Thank you very much!!! Marie

Re: Baking for a crowd

posted at 2/14/2011 1:58 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Baking for a crowd:
Brownie recipe is now in the "system"  Enjoy. I searched for the recipe and I can not locate it.  It is possible that it has to be reviewed and it may post in a day or so.  But it is also written out in Chocoholics Anonymous.
Posted by nikki p


Thank you very much Nikki!!! I printed it from Choc. Anon. I can't believe
how many awesome recipes you have!!! You are Awesome!!!!

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