The world has been going through some rough times lately. I’ve felt a bit fickle with my recipes and giveaways in the midst of it all, but it’s also overwhelming. In the long run, all I can hope for is that these bites bring comfort.
But another thing we can do, hopefully all of us are doing, is give. In whatever way, raising money is key. And it’s not always about the dollars you can hand over, but in the case of a bake sale, the items you can bake. The time you can spend helping. The promoting you can do. So I’m baking. For the Online Bake Sale for Japan and for the NYC Bake Sale for Japan.
Growing up, bake sales were small. They were local, focused on a group in a school or in a church or a festival. For a trip, for new uniforms, for some new resources or education to share with the community. Never would I have imagined that a bake sale could happen on the same day for the same cause worldwide. And online? A virtual bake sale? No, not even until recent years could my brain wrap around these ideas.
But they exist, and for great reason. On March 30th, there will be the Online Bake Sale for Japan. Hosted and organized by The Tomato Tart, over sixty bloggers will be offering up homemade goodies for sale. They will be shipped to the winner’s front door, hopefully still fresh and delicious as they were out of the oven. All money raised will go to Second Harvest Japan.
Right after that, on April 2nd, it is the worldwide Bake Sale for Japan. Bake sales are happening all over the United States and the world, and in New York City, the Brooklyn Flea is hosting us, and Sweets By Sillianah is organizing. All money raised will go to Peace Winds Japan.
I’m also here to give you a little sneak peak at the planned treats, especially all you online shoppers. So here’s the deal: the latest hit of my baking career has turned into cake pops. I enjoy making them, people seem to enjoy eating them. They also seem to be shippable. So for the online auction, there will be cake pops of three flavors available for auction.
- Funfetti cake with vanilla frosting
- Chocolate cake with chocolate / coffee / peanut butter frosting [your choice]
- Vanilla cake with lemon / coconut / strawberry /vanilla frosting
Cake pops are composed of cake, baked and thoroughly crumbled, mixed with frosting, put on sticks, dunked in candy melts, and sprinkled with the pretty, pretty sprinkles of your choice. The cake and frosting are from scratch, no exceptions.
In addition, I have one dozen salty-sweet chocolate chip cookies with butterscotch sauce. [Also known as Not Yo Moma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.] This recipe borders between a chewy and a crispy cookie, puffing up a bit but spreading as well. These cookies are full of browned butter, brown sugar and chocolate, with a touch of salt. And the butterscotch sauce that joins it is both loaded with vanilla and sea salt. Packed in a separate jar to keep your cookies fresh and not soggy, you can dip them, drizzle them, or eat them straight up.
Also, let me guarantee that Sabrina of TTT and Lilian of SBS speak much more eloquently about the ins and outs of both events. They both have many details on their sites, so if you have any questions, or just want to learn more, do check out the pages. And if you’re interested in baking for either bake sale, wait are you waiting for? Contact the organizers soon!
- Online bake sale: bakesale [at] thetomatotart [dot] com
- NYC bake sale: nycbakesale [at] gmail [dot] com