raising four thousand dollars: via bake sales

Remember bake sales? Well, I decided to bring them back. Who says Corporate America is above cupcakes?

I’ve had two so far, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I love baking, and since my specialty is cupcakes I figured why not just go for it? First, I bought this amazing cupcake holder at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It’s collapsible and you can take out the stand for presentation purposes. A great item to have in your collection!

Anyway, I came into work early one Friday morning and set up the cupcakes along with a container for any donations (suggested donation of $2). For my first cupcake sale I decided to make Apple Cider Cupcakes with a Caramel GlazeI got so much feedback throughout the day: people who recognized the MSAMS logo, those who were preparing for the NYC marathon, and others who just really enjoyed my cupcakes. I was left with 4 at the end of the day, but I raised a total of $70 for 20 cupcakes.  $3.50 per cupcake, move over Magnolia’s!

Two weeks later, I decided to embark in the chocolate world. Although people loved the seasonal apple cider cupcake, they really wanted some chocolate. I made the classic Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. You can scroll down to get the recipe, but it is directly from the back of the cocoa powder! To give people options, I topped half of the cupcakes with a Dark Chocolate Ganache and the other half with a Cream Cheese Frosting. Unfortunately, the ganache didn’t pipe well, but I was able to have some fun with the cream cheese. Either way, the cupcakes came out delicious! Results for the day: $62 for 20 cupcakes (I don’t know why I am always conveniently left with four cupcakes).

If you have 2 hours to spare one weeknight, I would suggest baking some cupcakes! I bake everything from scratch, but really, a boxed mix can have the same effect. I spent around $15 and lost some flour and butter inventory, which really is nothing — a reward for a donation and some smiles goes a long way :)

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.  (In my case, line 2 cupcake pans)
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans. (The batter was thin which worried me. However, it was a really easy pour, no need to spoon any batter!)
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. (I baked the cupcakes for 20-22 minutes)
Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Heat heavy cream in a small pot. Be careful to not let it boil over. Once it begins to boil, remove from the stove. Pour heavy cream into bowl of chopped chocolate. Stir and mix until chocolate is completely melted. Let ganache cool and set before frosting cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 oz. (250 g) pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. milk or water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter for a few minutes, until smooth and fluffy; gradually beat in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until you have a soft, spreadable consistency, adding a little extra sugar or liquid if you
need it. Makes enough for 1-2 dozen cupcakes or 1 cake.

What’s your favorite cupcake? Any ideas for baking for the holidays?

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5 responses to “raising four thousand dollars: via bake sales

  1. I really like this idea. I made some great cookies and cream cupcakes when friends came round a couple of weeks ago. I just need somewhere to do it. I’m a driving instructor so don’t see many people in the workplace, going to have to have think of somewhere to go, cause I think this could really help with my fundraising.

    Glad the fundraisings going well for you, my targets a little less ambitious at £300 (about $400 I think), but any ideas a good idea. Keep up the great work!

    • Maybe you can do a cupcake drop-off service during your drives :) I mean, I wouldn’t mind if someone decided to bring me cupcakes instead of flowers… And yes, no matter how much you are raising, a dollar is a dollar and gets you closer to your goal. I’ve heard some outrageous ideas so far!

  2. Great idea Jenina…:) The cupcake pictures made me crave some sweets just now. Never heard of the apple cider cupcakes before – sounds DELICIOUS!!! Also it seems like you were able to raise some awareness about the cause at work which is great! Please keep us up to date with fundraising ideas. I think I Might try a bake sale at work after the holidays…the only problem is I am not a great baker…hehe.

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