Bake Sale Classics: Cakes

Add beauty to your bake sale table and cash to your coffers by offering classic cakes that are sure to sell.

  • Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake

    Pound cakes are ideal for bake sales because they're easy to make, easy to transport, and always popular. Another plus is that you can bake pound cakes ahead of time and freeze until the day of the sale.
  • German Chocolate Cake

    German Chocolate Cake

    For cakes with decorative toppings or icings that are a bit messy, make sure you display them in cake domes with sturdy bases and clear plastic lids. Clear lids are preferable so you can show off the beauty of the cakes. Buy disposable cake domes from a local bakery or a grocery store deli, or ask if they might donate some for your cause.
  • Rum Cake

    Rum Cake

    Interestingly, this cake is always a top seller at church bake sales. It's also popular with those doing the baking as well! It's a great cake for bake sales since the topping is a simple sprinkle of powdered sugar instead of a delicate frosting.
  • Hazel's Fresh Coconut Cake
    Oxmoor House

    Hazel's Fresh Coconut Cake

    You can charge top dollar for this impressive three-layer cake since it's covered in fresh shredded coconut. Southerner Hazel Burwell has been making this stately cake for her family for over 40 years, so you know it's good.
  • Chocolate-Swirled Pound Cake
    Photo: Ralph Anderson

    Chocolate-Swirled Pound Cake

    Pound cakes are dense and heavy, so be sure to place the cake on a sturdy cardboard base. Since there's no icing to deal with, you can wrap this cake tightly in clear plastic wrap and still keep the chocolate visible.
  • Hummingbird Cake
    Photo: Lee Harrelson

    Hummingbird Cake

    You just can't have a bake sale in the South without this all-time favorite cake featuring banana, pineapple, chopped pecans, and a luscious cream cheese frosting. This recipe is the most requested recipe in the history of Southern Living magazine.
  • Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting

    This 5-Star recipe for basic yellow cake with chocolate frosting is always a favorite, and you can make this one even more appealing by garnishing with edible flowers, sprinkles, nuts, or chopped candy. Bake and sell in a disposable baking pan.
  • Basic White Cupcakes
    Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Basic White Cupcakes

    Cupcakes are all the rage these days. Package and sell individual cupcakes for customers to go ahead and enjoy, or sell boxes of a dozen. Check with a local bakery to see if you can purchase some cake boxes to use for your sale. If your event is for charity, the bakery might be willing to donate a few.
  • Honey's Carrot Cake
    Howard L. Puckett

    Honey's Carrot Cake

    The most popular cakes at any bake sale are usually the recipes that certain individuals are known for in the community. If you don't have anyone in your group who specializing in carrot cake, we highly recommend Honey's. Be sure to include the garnishes as these little extras are what help the cake to sell.
  • Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake
    Howard L. Puckett

    Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

    Coke™ is the magic ingredient in this popular cake that shows up at covered dish suppers and family reunions across the country. Prepare it for the bake sale in a disposable foil pan and cover with foil or clear plastic wrap.
  • Chocolate-Red Velvet Layer Cake

    Chocolate-Red Velvet Layer Cake

    This stunning six-layer cake is the one that will steal the show at your bake sale. If the demand is high, you might consider auctioning it off to the highest bidder, especially if the purpose of your bake sale is to raise money for a charity.
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