San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale!

When you live in San Diego and write a food blog, it doesn’t take long to figure out that you’re only a blip on the radar when compared to those who blog from L.A. and San Francisco.  As much as I have always known (and met) a few San Diego food bloggers and am always looking for more, I was surprised recently to learn of a few I hadn’t discovered, thanks to Marie of Meandering Eats.  She has rallied a number of us to participate as the San Diego branch in the National Food Blogger Bake Sale, the brain child of Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking? The proceeds from this national event will benefit Share Our Strength, an organization that strives to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 through funds raised from a variety of food-focused events.

This year, San Diego joins the national group and will be meeting on Saturday, May 14th to sell baked goods at Great News! Discount Cookware and Cooking School in the Pacific Plaza shopping center at 1788 Garnet in Pacific Beach from 10-2.

Want to get involved?  You don’t have to be a food blogger to participate.  You can either donate home-baked goods to sell, or stop by and purchase something sweet and delicious on the day of the sale.  If either of those options doesn’t work, then you can also donate directly on behalf of the San Diego Team to the cause here.

If you’re not from San Diego, then by all means, check out Gaby’s information above to find out where in your state or city a bake sale is being held and seize the opportunity to donate some freshly baked goods.

Clearly, I have some decisions to make before that day.  What should I make?  I’ve sifted through my old posts with bake sale on my brain…

I could make these delicious Banana Cream Tarts, but they’d do better with refrigeration.  Too bad.  They’re so very good.

Banana Cream Tarts

Banana Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Marshmallow Creme would also be great, but the packaging could be tricky.  I’ve been thinking of making chocolate dipped red velvet whoopies even though I’m not sure about all the red velvet fuss.  Chocolate always wins me over.

Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Filling


Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies could be a hit.  They’re chewy, with a bit of crunch, and the chocolate makes them a bit decadent.


But it’s Spring!  Wouldn’t one of these Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Mousseline Buttercream be perfect?  Their flavor is amazing, but traveling with them could present quite a few problems getting them to the sale.  I wonder if I could hook people on an Upside Down Cupcake and create a new craze?  It would be so much more like me than all the phoofery a regular cupcake presents.

Strawberry Cupcakes


Apple Blueberry Handpies could be perfect.  They’re small, tasty, not packed with sugar, and easy to transport.  We loved these, and any kind of fruit would work quite nicely.

Apple Blueberry Handpie


To celebrate the fruit of the season, fruit tarts could be perfect.  Something you could share, but wouldn’t have to.  Something you might be tempted to sneak more than one of — just in case.  All for the cause, you know.

Fruit Tarts

What do you think I should bake?  What’s your favorite sweet treat to find at a bake sale?  Any great recipes to share with me?  I’m semi-brownie challenged, remember?



16 thoughts on “San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale!

  1. Thanks for supporting this great cause – I’m actually on the advisory board for Cooking Matters here in Colorado – that’s the arm of SOS that delivers healthy cooking and nutrition education on a budget to families in need. I am a volunteer chef instructor for the organization and urge you and all of your fans to consider getting involved in our local Cooking Matters organization!

    1. Wow, that’s quite the job, Michele. I’ll have to check that out. I’ve always thought the garden to table was a great concept and there are some great educational programs here helping kids understand more about that. I’ll have to talk to you more about this at BlogHer food next month.

  2. I vote for the tarts, they look delicious and I bet they will sell very well.

    I am brainstorming for what to bake too, so many choices!

  3. Didn’t realize you were in San Diego! (Missed those SD links right there on the right hand side oops!) We’ll be there end of July for a couple of days. Too late for the bake sale, I wouldn’t mind a sample of those strawberry cupcakes! Going to scan your blog on San Diego foodie shopping tips now! Hope my family will indulge me…

    1. Wow! How’d you end up deciding to come here? Such a long way for you. I’ve only just started to write posts about shopping here, so hopefully the links will help you. By July, I will have added quite a few posts about getting out and about in San Diego, so I hope they’re of use to you. Most won’t be about the expected tourist places, but a few will be 🙂

  4. Everything looks amazing! Thanks for sharing about the bake sale, I’m going to look into participating, myself. I think it’ll be a grand time!!! Thanks again!

  5. It’s great that your participating. I’m a cookie person so I’d have to vote for the cookies….or the pies. I’d definitely go for something portable that doesn’t have refrigeration issues. Let us know what you decide!

  6. Hi Kelly – love your inspiration for the bake sale. I’m baking for the sale, too, although it’s a bit of a stretch for me. I’m a mess when it comes to baking but I’m going to get in to the kitchen this weekend to start practicing (meat is more my thing, but somehow meat cookies don’t have the same appeal as say your lovely fruit tarts). Hope to meet you there! Lisa

    1. I’m smiling over the meat cookies, of course. But a friend did ask about savory items so I may make her some Cornish Pasties to order and the sale will benefit the charity. Otherwise, keeping things simple is the best way to go. There are so many different kinds of bar cookie recipes out there and people really enjoy them. Do you have a good recipe?

      1. My mother has a family cookie bar recipe, we call them Congo Bars, although I have zero idea why! I may give those a go. When they emerge from my mother’s hands they’re moist, chewy and loaded with chocolate, plus they have enough brown sugar to really get your blood sugar going!

    1. Hey, Lori! I’ll be there for set up, sale, and tear down. Thanks for the feedback on my site tweaks. It’s a work in progress considering it’s all trial and error on my part. Looking forward to seeing you as well 🙂

  7. Ok – I bought a blueberry tart today. I just went to take a bite…and ate the whole thing!
    It was soooo delicious!
    Thank you thank you thank you for making those!

  8. Rachel said it well…. sooooo delicious!! My husband is eating his blueberry tart as I type. Now I’m regretting not purchasing one of those tropical ones for myself.
    I truly enjoyed meeting you yesterday and look forward to another event one of these days!

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