Cake, cookies, Guides and fundraising.

The Friday ClubI confess that I wasn’t planning to join in with the Friday Club this week. I’m not much of a one for baking. I’m just not good at it. I follow instructions carefully, and at the end, get back something that looks nothing like the picture in the recipe book – it’s depressing.

However, Big came home from Guides this week with £2 and a letter saying that this is a fundraising challenge – she’s to use the £2 to make a profit and then take the £2 and the profit back to them. Scratching my head over this one I started wondering whether baking and selling cookies would be the way forward. I suppose it’s a bit better than just asking the parents for extra money – Guides is not cheap. It comes out at £90 a year for subs, plus Census (no, I don’t know what that is either) plus anything extra like camp I’m guessing. Oh and uniform, which I bought on Ebay.

So I got the WI Celebration Cookery book down off the shelf again, and wondered what we could try out of it this time.

Baby likes gingerbread. Looks like a straightforward recipe:

4 oz butter
4 oz caster sugar
4 oz self raising flour
2 tspn ground ginger.

We could get a little gingerbread man cutter – what do you reckon is the going rate for a gingerbread man? 25p? That should raise a fair bit of money *if* we can find ppl to buy them. Perhaps gingerbread isn’t ideal though – I know smallest loves them, but the other two kids don’t.

I’m really not sure about this. But I can’t think of a better way of doing it. Would love to hear your thoughts or suggestions in the usual place. And yes, I’m aware of the irony of me pondering fundraising following a month of banging on about building a library.

Here are the other recipes in this Cakes and Cookies Carnival:

Nova at Cherished by Me gives us her Cherry, Coconut and Marshmallow Traybake. Kelly at Domestic Goddesque posts her recipe for heart-shaped jammy-dodger-style biscuits in Baking with a heart! while Heather at SAHMLovingIt gives us her Scrumptious Beetroot Seed Cake Recipe. Jules at I Need Curtains for the Window in my Head posts her recipe for Almond Macaroons and Helen at Cheeky Wipes gives us her recipe for Coffee Cake. Gemma at HelloitsGemma’s Blog posts her (easiest) Banana Cake (ever)and Sian at Pumpkin and Piglet posts her Chocolate Digestive Biscuits. Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family posts her Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies. Clare at Seasider in the City gives us her Mars Bar Cake. Bod for Tea shows us how she makes Iced Animal Biscuits. Maggy at Red Ted Art has a guest post from Maison Cupcake’s Sarah showing us how to make Love Heart Cookies. Rebecca at twobecomefour gives us her recipe for Beck’s Banana Bread. Jenny at Gingerbread House gives us her Gingerbread cupcakes. Tiddlyompompom shares the fun she has making cakes with her daughter in Have your cake and eat it and Ella from Notes from Home rounds off the carnival with her Brownies

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  1. Baking always good but can be fraught with going wrong / not selling etc. Alternative ideas could be lottery – spend the £2 on a book of raffle tickets and small toy and sell tickets at 25p a time to win the toy – aslong as you sell more than 8 tickets you’ve made a profit (or raise the ticket price and sell less).

  2. Well the recipe sounds simple enough, I think that’s a great idea. Or some good old iced fairy cakes with sprinkles. I think the going rate around here is 50p for a home made cake/biscuit which I think is a little high but they sell! Good luck.
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  3. If she is any good at washing cars, a sponge and soap might be an idea. I reckon she has an aunt and uncle she could profit from. 🙂 Or materials for some homemade greeting/birthday/Easter cards for sale?
    Though gingerbread does sound delicious!

    • @Gina ooh, hello! Have you seen that WI recipe book? It’s got some great stuff in it, although we do tend to update to remove the lard/ dripping 😉

  4. Sounds like a great idea. We’ve sold biscuits and fairy cakes/cupcakes for 20-30p each. Although chocolate-flavoured things always seems to be the most popular if you are trying to sell to children. You may not need to find people: my enterprising son once made plates of chocolate chip cookies and sold them to all the members of his family!

    Thanks for including my link at the end there 😉
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  5. Good luck with your profit-making exercise.
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  6. I think baking is the “classic” double your money scheme… you just have to force your relatives and neighbours to buy them…

  7. Sounds like a great plan. Good luck!
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  8. great post, I hope you raise the cash needed.
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  9. Baking seems like the way to go to me! Most family, friends, neighbours will buy one and at 25p each they’re a bargain 🙂 Hope you get there!

  10. I agree baking should be a good one, send her out, wearing Guide uniform to sell them to the neighbours!

    Also liked car washing idea – I’d pay her LOTS to wash my car 😉

    PS census is when they count all the members of Guiding from the littlest Rainbow to the oldest wrinkliest Treffoil Guild lady. The money goes to insurance (although, irritatingly not for your personal belongings if lost/damaged at a Guiding event) and erm, blush, I should know this…. well, lots of Guide-y development stuff and running the website and the offices etc.

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