MemberJune 13, 2021 at 12:33 pm
After spending the past fews days making/wrapping cake pops, baking pecan caramel brownies and prepping three batches of scone dough (cranberry orange, ginger almond and blueberry lemon), I got up at 3:30 yesterday morning and baked a Cafe Beaujolais coffee cake and the 24 scones so they would be fresh for delivery at 6:30 AM.
Then I worked at the food booth for 5 hours, watching people pick up the clear-clam packaged items, look at the price and put them back….because LAST YEAR they had priced cookies and baked goods at $.75 cents, whole pies at $5 and whole cakes at $8. And while my contributions weren’t that fancy, they were like little jewels in a sea of mediocre baked goods.
This year, they changed the price of pies to $10 and whole cakes to $20, but the majority of baked goods were still $1. I had to protest a bit to get mine priced higher.
And what do you think sold out first?? The few whole cakes and pies…the very thing I was told NOT to bake. Let’s see what else: along with my brownies made with whole pecans and my own caramel sauce were four other brownie donations…all of which came from a box. I know this. I’ve baked enough boxed brownies to know. So mine were proportionally about 5 times more expensive to prepare. The coffee cake was originally priced at $3 for 3″ squares but was dropped to $1 to get it to move. The cake pops (lemon, strawberry and chocolate) were wrapped in batched of three and marked $4. This town has 3 Starbucks and they sell cake pops for $2 a piece so our price wasn’t that off. However, mine didn’t move until they were marked down to $2 for 3 pops.
Next year I’ll just donate the cash that I’d spend on ingredients and skip the 3:30 AM bakeoff.
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MemberJune 13, 2021 at 7:37 pm
I feel your pain. . .
I may have told this story here before: when my kids were little we moved up to a more “Pricy” neighborhood, and with the move came a more “fancy” school.
At the old school they would have bake sales and cake walks and most of the stuff was home made. At the new school they did not hold bake sales. Well, sheeoll! I had been looking forward to baking for a bake sale. When I asked why no bake sales I was told that one of the parents ran/had access to a commercial bakery and donated pies to sell at fundraisers. Yes they sold, but they were really pretty s***y, if you know what I mean (of course we tried one, fundraiser, you know?). The pies weren’t even “try-to-find-a-piece-of-fruit” pies, they were vanilla and coconut and chocolate “CREME” pies, with absolutely NO dairy product in them at all.
MemberJune 14, 2021 at 10:23 am
Oh this is soooo sad. Where you able to add a no added chemicals/made from scratch label? Or were these the type of folks that would not have cared? All that work and good ingredients!
MemberJune 14, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Good idea mariadnoca! I know those commercial goods are probably stuffed full of stuff that a home baker doesn’t use.
MemberJune 14, 2021 at 11:19 am
What a shame for you, Marilyn! All that work and then no one values your homemade goodness and presentation. Am so sorry to hear your Bake Sale customers wanted CHEAP and not FLAVORFUL!
A few years ago, I quit baking cookies for Christmas cookie swaps I attend. Back in the day, the guests would make and bring their best recipes–gingerbread men; Linzer raspberry-filled cookies; red & green holiday candy cane braided cookies; prune-filled pinwheels; pecan tassies; Hungarian walnut kiflis; etc., etc.
Then I began noticing mostly take-home choices along the lines of chocolate chip cookies sliced from a refrigerated tube (no way can you get cookies so identical in shape except by using the slice ‘n bake variety!) or boxed brownie squares sprinkled with powdered sugar or even worse IMHO, are pretzel sticks dipped in melted white chocolate which are then rolled in Christmas sprinkles. I kid you not.
I did not even want to take any of the available above choices home with me! So now I RSVP ‘yes’ I will attend, but I will not be contributing any cookies so I will not take any cookies home with me. I merely go to chat with women I don’t see very often.
I used to really look forward to Christmas cookie exchanges because I could taste different cookies and would always go home with delicious selections as well as some new cookie recipes. Those times are long gone so I make my own Christmas cookies for the holidays, but I do miss those old days.
MemberJune 14, 2021 at 1:42 pm
Marilyn, So sorry to hear your experience….I know how hard you work and that you use the finest ingredients…..so sad…..
MemberJune 14, 2021 at 1:44 pm
Well, Marilyn, I for one, and maybe the only one, appreciated your baking just having read about it. Of course I didn’t have to pay for it. Would we say that people who attend bake sales now are not looking for quality? In fact, I wonder if most people care much about quality these days. This is sure a good lesson for me, in case anyone asks me to contribute some creation.
MemberJune 15, 2021 at 12:17 pm
People don’t recognize or appreciate quality. So sorry.
MemberJune 16, 2021 at 3:15 am
I’ve noticed people think a box mix = made from scratch these days. For example my neighbor told me about these great made from scratch/homemade fish tacos she made: frozen fish sticks, bagged cole slaw, some bottle dressing, and boxed taco shells. That might be a nice quick way to get dinner on the table, but it’s what I call assembled food vs homemade or from scratch. My sil who tried to change the recent (failed) cake all around, seemed to not realize what she was asking involved a lot more given I wasn’t using a $1 box mix.
If there is a next time I’d make sure to have signage identifying made from only the finest ingredients with no added chemicals or use of any mix. If there is some fancy ingredient like (name brand) chocolate, Meyer lemon, or organic ingredients market it that way to ensure it’s not confused with the Duncan Hines brownies in the next booth. Here, that’s a draw, but your mileage may vary depending on the crowd.
I’m so sorry that happened. I would be so disappointed. 😞
MemberJune 18, 2021 at 3:13 pm
Sad story, Marilyn! Why would people go to a FUNDRAISER looking for bargains? Maybe an auction would be a better format.
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