Sunday, January 24, 2010

Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti - Pics!!

Yesterday was our local Bake Sale for Haiti, and we raised a grand total of $1869.33 for "Partners in Health"!!! Huge thanks to everyone who baked and all those who bought baked goodies. We even had a few unexpected baked good deliveries, which was so awesome. Plus, special thanks to the Santa Cruz Sentinel for helping us by getting an article in the paper yesterday morning, and to Bookshop Santa Cruz for letting us be located out in front of their store... complete with an emergency plan in case of rain!

Here's our table, getting all set up and squared away...

I did a LOT of baking for the sale... and thoroughly enjoyed myself. As I told Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats, I think you can tell you really enjoy something if you do it ALL DAY LONG, and feel great at the end of the day. Here's what I made...

Cinnamon Rolls!! My maiden voyage. (I used the recipe from Vegan Brunch) Actually my first batch didn't get a great rise, so I did a 2nd batch, which resulted in these beauties. They were the first thing to sell out. Next time we do a bake sale, I will remember this and make more of them. The upside of this bake sale activity was raising so much money for an important cause, and having a great time with my culinary pals. Potential downside of this bake sale was learning that it's really not so hard to make an entire batch of cinnamon rolls after all. DANGER!

A batch of Pumpkin Bran Muffins, also from Vegan Brunch... for the healthy-minded who wanted a little extra fiber and veggie nutrients with their sweetie experience.

BROWNIES. Yes, a bake sale is not a bake sale without brownies. I made a triple batch of my go-to recipe from "Joy of Vegan Baking." No oil, 10 minutes to assemble... such a forgiving and totally delicious recipe.

Lemon Bars! From Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. After the cinnamon rolls, these were second in line to sell out. So pretty and cheery with that bright yellow!

Gluten Free Brownie Bites from Babycakes. You can't tell, but these are mini, in mini-cupcake holders, complete with mini-chips. I really wanted to have something there for my GF friends. I know what a bummer it is to look at a big display of baked goods and feel left out!

MittenMachen's Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Amazing! I hadn't made this recipe before, but I know MM doesn't mess around with low standards, so I had total faith in this recipe. Totally delicious.

A big batch of the always-amazing Glazed Gingerbread Tiles, which I also made for our recent Holiday Cookie Exchange Party.

Citrus Glitters, with lemon, lime, and orange zest. OMZ!!! These were SO GOOD. I had a general policy of not snacking on the goodies I made for this sale (both to maximize fund-raising potential, and because I made so much stuff)... but luckily there was a little runt piece of cookie dough left, so I made one mini citrus glitter cookie to sample. Mmmm. I remembered someone who had been a tester for Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar saying that this was one of her favorite recipes from the book. I'll definitely make these again!

"You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate" Cookies, from Vive Le Vegan.

Sohpia's beautiful cupcakes!! She did Banana, Chocolate, and Carrot Cake cuppers, with raspberry, chocolate, and cream cheese (vegan, of course!) frosting. And the flavors were mixed around, so you could get banana with chocolate frosting or with cream cheeze... and so on. They were beautiful and sparkly, and they looked so cute on the little cake stand.

Sophia's Chocolate-Almond Biscotti. Mmmm.

Here's the spread. I feel like sort of a louse, because I got distracted with sales and didn't finish getting close ups of the goodies other bakers made:

Nikki made some crazy good chocolate truffles with coconut & lime. Half were coated with lime zest & the other half with coconut. More than one person bought one, tasted it, and then bought a lot more. They were great!

Melissa made Lemon Poppyseed Shortbreads, Chocolate-chocolate-almond Cookies, and Date Bars. We tried for a more glorious name than Date Bars, but then we decided Date Bars was plenty appealing, and since they had no trouble selling, apparently we were right!

Plus, our friends who just showed up - I think it was Bethany who brought a TON of brownie cupcakes, Vivian who brought Coconut Lemon Cupcakes, and Jocelyn who brought vanilla cake with cherry frosting with chocolate truffle shavings on top.

People were so great - very enthusiastic about vegan baked goodies, and generous for the people of Haiti. We did some asking around before the sale, and decided to sell everything by donation. Some folks could only pay a dollar or even $.50 for something, but others were able to pay $20 for a couple of cupcakes. It was a great way to do the "sale," because we were able to raise more for Partners in Health than if we had just done "cookies for $2, cupcakes for $3," or whatever. Plus, there was something for everyone, which felt nice.

We had many happy customers, but a few of the kiddos were EXTRA cute. This sweet little dude dove right into that big mound of frosting and then handed the cupcake-sans-frosting back to his mom. Ha!

The End! We sold out 1 hour early - there was SUCH great turnout! By a lovely circumstance, my mom walked up JUST IN TIME to buy the very last cookie. Perfect!

Thanks to everyone who helped with such a successful event!

38 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your success! You were definitely very busy, and everything looks gorgeous! You made many baked items that have been on my "to bake" list for some time, and now that you say the cinnamon rolls are easy... I think I'm in for it!! Nice work!

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  2. Cinnamon Rolls, Lemon Bars, and Cookies - sounds like a wide variety of tasty goodies for a great cause!

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  3. I have to say, Sophia's cupcakes were AWESOME. Had a chocolatey chocolaty chocolate one, with chocolate - and one of the banana ones too - they were superb!

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  4. Wow! that is so inspiring! so happy how well you all did. such a good cause.

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  5. thanks melissa!

    i'm so pleased with us!

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  6. Congratulations! You all did great! Everything looks fantastic....ESPECIALLY those 'you got peanut butter in my chocolate' cookies. That single picture has inspired me to order Vive le vegan RIGHT NOW.

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  7. Wow! You people did such an amazing job. Congrats on raising so much money.

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  8. This is so inspirational! So much love. You guys are awesome.

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  9. Thats awesome! A friend and I are thinking of having a bake sale too at our church. Paying by donation sounds like a good idea and probably is better than putting a price on the items. I will have to talk to him about this.
    I'm glad the sale turned out great.

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  10. It all looks so good.. So glad you made so much money! Great job.
    Debra @ Vegan Family Style

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  11. I can't believe you guys made so much money! Oh wait... after scrolling down, I can see why! Everything looks so professional and yummy! Great work!

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  12. Great work! It's so nice to see so many people get together to bake delicious vegan goodies and support such an important cause. The glazed gingerbread tiles look amazing :)

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  13. Oh crap! I'd have $20 for one of those citrus glitters and a cinnamon roll! I wish I'd have had a bake sale here. I guess it's not too late. But I'd have to find others to help out. Man, that is such a good idea!

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  14. Congratulations! I'm so glad to see a sale in Santa Cruz. Looks like you had a lot of really unique and delicious stuff!

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  15. You guys rock! All that food looks delicious, nice work with the bake sale.

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  16. You all are awesome!!! All the food looks super delicious, too :D

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  17. Wow, you are so awesome, Amey! This is by far the best looking batch of bake sale goodies I've seen.

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  18. Great job! You raised serious money!

    Thanks so much for trying my cookie recipe, and for making treats gluten-free vegans can enjoy. Being gluten-free AND vegan can be kind of isolating, so thanks you for including everyone! If I'd been in the neighborhood, I would have jumped for joy and given you all my money.

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  19. Everything looks incredible! Congrats on the success, too. Taking donations for the goods is a really great idea, it's great that people cared to really contribute and give a little extra!

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  21. Congratulations Amey! I oohed and aahed over all the lovely creations. And my favorite photo -- the little dude and his cupcake. Taking donations was a great idea too!

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  22. Everything is SO gorgeous! Congratulations on your sale, you guys are awesome! I want one of your cinnamon rolls!

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  23. What a great turnout and job you all did! We are having one up in San Luis Obispo this Saturday. Can't wait!

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  24. You all did an awesome job and a very special thing. Way to go!

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  25. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for an award on my blog :)

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  26. Hi Amey. My friends from the local vegan Meetup saw your sale. I was telling them about your yoga classes, and they said "Oh, she did a bake sale for Haiti!"
    I recently made a dozen vegan cinnamon rolls from a recipe from Vegetarian Times. I am newly vegan, btw as of 1st of the year!:) and I ended up eating NINE of them myself! They were so incredibly Dangerously delicious.

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  27. AWESOME...hats off ...

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  28. This is awesome! Unfortunately I wasn't in town to help out :(

    I'm a senior at San Lorenzo Valley High in Felton and my animal rights club is planning a vegan bakesale at our school around Valentine's Day. Any pointers?

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  29. Wow.. great job! and everything looks so yummy!

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  30. I really wanted to have something there for my GF friends. I know what a bummer it is to look at a big display of baked goods and feel left out!

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  32. Congratulations on such a successful bake sale! Those cinnamon rolls look awesome! Awesome! :-)

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  33. great job!! it all looks great !!

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  34. Holy cow, Amey! You guys did an awesome job! I most certainly would've bought one of each if I was there.

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  35. The Voracious Vegan said...

    Congratulations! You all did great! Everything looks fantastic....ESPECIALLY those 'you got peanut butter in my chocolate' cookies. That single picture has inspired me to order Vive le vegan RIGHT NOW.


    Haha! That single picture enticed me to order the book too, only the "You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate" cookies seems to be in Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan and not Vive Le Vegan. Oh well! I look forward to trying to recipes in VLV and also plan on ordering ED&BV!

    Seriously, these baked goods look AMAZING!

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  36. Your baked goods look deeeelicious! Aren't the bake sales so much fun? I've done two so far.

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