Bake Sale & Brownies

I mentioned that I was donating baked goods to a local blogger bake sale for a great cause, eradicating childhood hunger.  I didn’t mention what kind of items I was donating but decided on Fudgy Nutella Brownies.

I skipped the cream cheese frosting on them because I had to wrap them individually with plastic wrap which is not frosting-friendly.

Would have been a shame to have all that frosting just stuck on plastic wrap and wasted! Never waste food.  Especially frosting!

Rather than frost them, I added 3/4 c chocolate chips to the top of the brownies and kept everything else the same as in the original recipe.

The chocolate chips worked just fine along with the big Nutella swirls.

Build-a-Sign and I worked together on creating some custom labels for me which they donated.

The labels are self-adhesive and worked perfectly and helped secure the plastic wrap on all the brownies.  25 to be exact.

I had Build-A-Sign print some blank white labels in case I had time to make additional items to donate, but I ran out of time.  There’s always the next bake sale for those white labels, though.

There are about 30 local bloggers participating in the sale, each with at least 25-30 items for sale and some of the ladies are going gangbusters and baking multiple things, i.e. 25 muffins, 25 cookies, and 25 cupcakes.  So there will be a ton of goodies.

If you have a sweet tooth, or simply want to donate to a great cause, and are going to be in San Diego on Saturday, May 14 in the afternoon, check out the sale!   Event details are here.

I dropped off the brownies this morning with a fellow baker who is bringing them to the sale for me because I am not going to be able to attend the sale.  Darn!

But I have a good excuse: We’ll be in Aruba!

From my last post about Mystery Plants and Green Thumbs, it was fun hearing if you’re into gardening and plants or not.   Glad you liked the pictures of the lemons on the tree and my stevia plant.

A few years ago, I would have never been so into taking pictures of plants, but now, I am and love it .  Life, and interests, always changing.

I like photography far more than gardening but nature makes for great pictures.

I liked hearing if you have a Green Thumb, or not, and what plants you can manage to keep alive.  For awhile.  I’m in that boat.


1. Have you ever participated in a bake sale?  What did you make?

I participated in Katie’s Bake Sale for Japan.

And my High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls fetched $200 dollars!

2. Have you ever bought anything from bake sales?

Growing up in a Catholic, small, Minnesota town, church bake sales to raise money for everything from new playground equipment at the school to raising money for someone’s medical bills was extremely common.

I grew up eating tons and tons of bake sale goodies.  Bake sales and buying what the ladies in the community baked was so common that I could actually tell you the difference between Judy’s Seven Layer Bars and Susan’s Seven Layer Bars.  <— How’s that for Minnesota (bars!).

My current favorite bar is White Chocolate Blondies with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

Have a great day!

Don’t forget to enter the CamelBak Groove Giveaway for 3 winners.  It ends tomorrow so enter now.


62 Responses to “Bake Sale & Brownies”

  1. Destini — May 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm (#

    I LOVE LOVE bake sales. I have such a sweet tooth. I’d buy those brownies in a second. I have also participated in a bake sale. I usually make some sort of cupcake, they are just so pretty and fun :)

    Your post has me itching for some brownies now

  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg — May 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm (#

    Haha, yes there are many versions of 7 layer bars and at any MN church bakesale you’ll find plenty of varieties. Seriously that made me laugh!!!

    I have bought my fair share of stuff at bake sales — honestly homemade treats taste so good and if the money is going somewhere good, why not?

    I love the labels you had made — they look perfect!

  3. Tasha @ Voracious — May 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm (#

    I wish I could go to your bake sale!!! I might have to buy ALL of those nutella brownies. Frosting or not, they look incredible.

    I love taking pictures of flowers, and looking at pictures of flowers, so keep it up – yours are gorgeous!

  4. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — May 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm (#

    Oh my gosh, your brownies look AMAZING!!! I wish I was closer…I’d totally come buy like 20 of ’em ;)

  5. moowiesqrd — May 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm (#

    Hey, I didn’t know about the frosting! ;) I would have insisted that you include it. Hehehe. No, seriously, wraps are so frosting unfriendly. Too bad you won’t be there at the sale! We’ll have to meet some other time. :)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm (#

      Marie, yes, we WILL need to meet soon! Thanks for Dan’s help today :) And best of luck on Saturday. Cannot wait to hear bout it all! And the news piece, too, tomorrow! WOW!

  6. hippierunner — May 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm (#

    Those brownies look heavenly! I’ve never bought anything from a bake sale because I usually don’t happen upon too many and I know that usually I can make everything myself for less (if I had money to spare, I’d maybe buy).

  7. Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen — May 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm (#

    OH yum! I just might have to buy one of those brownies! So so sad you won’t be there but another get together is a must very soon :)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm (#

      I am sooooo bummed that I wont meet you two, but…we HAVE to meet up when I get back! Have fun on tv tomorrow :)

  8. charlotte — May 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm (#

    You make the YUMMIEST looking food ever. I have bought many things from bake sales but only contributed maybe twice. My food always looks awful. Sigh.

  9. Katie — May 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm (#

    Oh man, do I remember the bake sales! My sister was a gymnast and they had them going on at every meet. And I was raised catholic and I swear there was a bake sale every Sunday. I remember them fondly. I used to always beg for the rice krispie treats, but my mom always went for the boring chocolate chip cookies. Not that I’m still bitter about it.

    I’ll be at my graduation ceremony on Sat while you are hanging at the beach. Have a drink for me on the sand, will you? :D

  10. Heidi @ Food Doodles — May 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm (#

    Those brownies look gorgeous. I bet they’re going to sell fast! I don’t actually remember being involved in any bake sales except school ones. A friend from high school has held a bake sale every year to raise money for cancer since her mom died a few years ago. It was just a couple weeks ago so we went and bought a couple things. To be totally honest, nothing really looked that good, I just bought them to support her. And the kids and hubby enjoyed them anyways :) I would have much rather bought some of your brownies :D Next year I’ll have to make some to donate to her bake sale, haha.

  11. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — May 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm (#

    Ahhhh those look so good!!! I am craving some serious chocolate fudgy goodness right now. I have never BOUGHT anything from a blogger bake sale, but I have participated twice!! Maybe I should donate some goodies again:)

  12. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — May 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm (#

    Wow, what a great idea! I wish there were a bunch of foodies in my area, I would love to participate in this. Yet ANOTHER reason why we need to move to California.

  13. Aja — May 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm (#

    Those brownies look so good. I might have to make them myself since I live so far away. Maybe with Nuspli instead of Nutella. Yumm…

  14. Jess@HealthyExposures — May 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm (#

    You leave for Aruba so soon! It seemed like it was so far away when you first posted about it. Time flies :O
    I love this bake sale idea. If only I was in the neighborhood!
    I loved participating in Katie’s bake sale. I’d do another in a heartbeat.

  15. Jess — May 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm (#

    Those brownies looks SERIOUSLY ooey and gooey–delicious!!

  16. Paige @ Running Around Normal — May 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm (#

    Yum, yum, and more yum!
    And I’d enter your giveaway, but I already bought my own Groove – I love it!!

  17. Moni'sMeals — May 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm (#

    Those look really tasty Averie! I adore bake sales and there is just something about them, don’t ya think? Your labels look great too. I would buy at least 5 of em. :)

  18. Ellie@fitforthesoul — May 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm (#

    omygoshhh these look sooo good Averie! and I love the little signs too :D

  19. sophia — May 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm (#

    Gosh Averie, I’m sure your brownies are gonna be super popular. They look amazing. Sad to say, I’ve never participated in a bake sale before. It wasn’t in my culture growing up!

  20. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — May 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm (#

    I wish I was going to be in Sand Diego to try one of your bake sale brownies!

    I’m excited to be participating in Steph’s bake sale benefitting Team in Training tomorrow: It’s my first one!!

  21. kris @ everyday oats — May 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm (#

    I bet your brownies will be a big hit at the bake sale! And they look so professional! I remember always being excited about bake sales in elementary school. They were always fun to look forward to.

  22. Yoga For Enlightenment — May 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm (#

    Great Photos! I’m craving a White Chocolate Blondie with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting…MMM…frosting.

  23. Author@Pet Lovers Forum — May 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm (#

    Yummmmyyyyy…. All the best…. Wish i had been there to taste such a good delicacies…

  24. Amber K — May 13, 2011 at 7:49 am (#

    I have never baked anything for a baked sale, and I always want to participate by buying something, but the cost shoots way up over my budget! But I try to give to the cause in another way, or even a different cost, something that I can afford!

  25. Beth — May 13, 2011 at 9:32 am (#

    I’ve participated in many bake sales over the years. Most recently to raise funds for a young girl with a head injury. I made dozens and dozens of cookies: chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, and shortbread cookies with a jam centre.

    Used to buy from bake sales all the time, but not once since going gluten free.

  26. Sam@I Tell Stories — May 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm (#

    I LOVE BAKE SALES! I want some of those brownies !!! Yummy :)

  27. shamster test — May 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm (#

    Thanks for posting this nice article!

  28. Mary — May 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm (#

    Hi Averie! I bought one of your brownies at the bake sale today and I can happily report that it was quite delicious. Sorry you weren’t able to make it to our bake sale today but hopefully we’ll meet at the next blogger event. Hope you’re having a great time on vacation!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — May 15, 2011 at 6:29 am (#

      are you serious??!! WOW, thank you!!

      I was a little worried about them b/c I made them a few days in advance and they didn’t have frosting (which for me..I just have to have…hah!) so thanks for telling me they were ok and thanks for supporting the bake sale!

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