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A bake sale is a fundraising activity where baked goods such as doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies, sometimes along with ethnic foods, are sold. Bake sales are usually held by small, non-profit organizations, such as clubs, school groups and charitable organizations.[1] Bake sales are often set up around an area of pedestrian traffic, such as outside a grocery store or at a busy intersection near a mall. Bake sales are also a popular fund raising activities within corporations.

A typical bake sale stand.



Possible items that are popularly available at a bake sale may include the following:[citation needed]


Two most popular bake types of sales are:

  • Donation sale: community or club members contribute food they have made
  • Volume sale: organization plans for food to be made, and provides members with recipes

Within these sales different themes are often used:

  • Season's Best
  • Cupcake Theme
  • Chocolate Theme
  • Cookie Theme
  • Cake Theme


  1. ^ Parrish, Marlene (October 5, 2015). "Getting the goods: How to have a successful bake sale". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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