How to Run a Bake Sale

Bake sales are great ways of earning pocket money or raising money for charity. You can either hold a bake sale in the neighbourhood or at school. Read on to find out how to put on a bake sale people will be talking about for ages!


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    Plan your bake sale. First, determine how many treats you plan to sell. If you just want to go round the neighbourhood, then you will need around 50-70 treats. For a class sale, around 15-40. For a whole school sale, around 100-150.And don't forget if its not a bake sale and more of baking orders, get all the orders in first!
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    Plan what treats you want to make. Good ideas are cupcakes, cookies, slices of cakes, flapjacks, but then, you could always be creative, and make some different treats!
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    Plan the prices. Don't rip your customers off (or you might not get any), by selling a cookie for $5. Sell your treats at reasonable prices e.g. Cupcake=$2 Cookie=$1 But try not to make them too cheap, or you won't make as much money.
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    Plan the date. Use a normal day, where people won't be busy or away. Also, use a sensible time, e.g. after school, or 4:00 PM in the neighbourhood. Remember to ask your principal if you can hold your bake sale!
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    Advertise. Make fun, striking, colourful posters that say the date, time and prices of your bake sale. Hang these posters around in your neighbourhood or school. If you are baking for a charity, then include this too.
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    Bake. You can't have a bake sale without baking! It's best to ask your parents and/or a few friends to help. Make sure you have all the ingredients for your treats!
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    Decorate your treats. Use icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips, edible glitter, candy, anything that will make your treats look stunning. If you are not very good at cake decorating, you may need help from your parents.
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    Set up. On the day, about an hour before your stall begins, place a large table, chair, sign (optional) and money pot in your front garden/the hall/the playground.
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    Start your stall, and hope that people start lining up! Don't forget to have a can or box for money!


  • You might want some change in case the person has a more than they need.
  • It is best to do this with 1-4 friends. Easier, faster, and a lot more fun!
  • If people forget their money, then give them what they wanted to buy, and write their name on a list. You can then ask them the next day for the money. Keep asking until you get the money, then cross their name off your list when you get the money.


  • Always ask your parents and/or school before putting on a sale, or you might get in trouble.

Things You'll Need

  • Recipes
  • A small pot (bean cans or pencil pots will do)

Article Info

Categories: Money Management for Young People