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Give back with a bake: our favourite office and school bake sale recipes

by Malou Herkes

published on 21 February 2020

Want to impress at the office? Need to contribute to the school bake sale? We've picked the easiest, tastiest cakes and bakes that are easy to transport, quick to whip together and look great too. From gooey cookies to fruity traybakes to cute fairy cakes, these easy bake sale recipes are just the ticket. 

Bake Sale Recipes Summer Berry Shortbread Cake

Summer Berry Shortbread Cake from The Big Family Cooking Showdown

With a coconut shortbread base and light, fluffy yoghurt sponge studded with fresh berries and flaked almonds, this simple bake is deliciously moreish.  

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best bake sale recipes Apricot Pistachio Squares deb perelmen smitten kitchen everyday

Apricot Pistachio Squares  from Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

These buttery, rich but not-too-sweet squares are “downright elegant” says Deb Perelman who pairs pistachio, apricot and a hint of almond in this easy bake sale recipe. 

Order your copy of Smitten Kitchen Every Day here.

best bake sale recipes Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake mary berry baking bible

Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake from Mary Berry's Baking Bible by Mary Berry

With a decadent chocolate and apricot filling, this easy breezy chocolate cake is perfectly moist and quick to make. Mary shares her top tips for freezing it too, just in case you want to make it ahead of a busy week. 

Order your copy of Mary Berry's Baking Bible here.

best bake sale recipes The Violet Butterscotch Blondie claire ptak

The Violet Butterscotch Blondie from The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

Sweet, salty and gooey with little bombs of molten chocolate and shards of caramel, this simple-to-make bake is a hit at East London's Violet bakery.  

Order your copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook here.

best bake sale recipes chocolate banana pecan cookies ottolenghi helen goh sweet

Chocolate, Banana and Pecan Cookies from Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

“The secret here is to slightly under-bake the cookies, which keeps them soft and fudgy”, says Ottolenghi. Banana and chocolate are a classic match, with nutty pecans and a hint of cinnamon. Divine!

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bake sale recipes bakewell slice the primose bakery everyday

Bakewell Slice from Primrose Bakery Everyday by Martha Swift

We couldn't list our favourite bake sale recipes without this English classic. With a raspberry and almond base, frangipane filling and pretty glaze, this is a great recipe to impress. Use fresh in-season raspberries or frozen berries will work well too.

Order your copy of Primrose Bakery Everyday here.

best bake sale recipes mini carrot cakes amelia freer cook nourish glow

Mini Carrot Cakes from Cook. Nourish. Glow. by Amelia Freer

These cute little carrot cakes are a lighter twist on tradition with a tasty orangey coconut icing, baked in individual cases to make it extra easy to share. 

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bake sale recipes spiced dorset apple traybake mary berry cooks the perfect

Spiced Dorset Apple Traybake from Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect by Mary Berry

Apples and cinnamon are the popular duo in this tasty layered cake with thin slices of apple arranged on top to look extra pretty. 

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best bake sale recipes tahini choc chip cookies melissa hemsley eat green

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley

Short of time? This recipe uses storecupboard staples – peanut butter, tahini and chocolate – to make quick, delicious biscuits that take no time to prepare. Melissa shares an easy swap to make them vegan, and don't scrimp on the sesame seeds – we recommend using them for that extra something special. 

Order your copy of Eat Green here.

best bake sale recipes butterfly cakes mary berry

Butterfly cakes from My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes and Bakes by Mary Berry

These little fairy cakes are perfect for a kids bake sale, especially as they're so simple to mix and put together (so get the little ones involved too!). But whatever your age, who doesn't love little bites of light sponge with creamy butter icing?

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