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Progress: facebook page + cookie sale!

Last night I made my first sale from facebook! I made a facebook page for my charity and a girl ordered a box of cookies within about an hour of its creation! She ordered the same peanut butter cup cookies that I posted a few days ago. She loved them! There are two other girls who are interested in purchasing as well; one is buying a box of dark chocolate raspberry brownies and the other one is planning on purchasing a box of raspberry thumbprint cookies for Valentine’s day! I’m planning on drizzling them with a bit of chocolate to make them pretty. I think that this page will boost my business, so far it has 63 likes. I posted some pictures of past desserts that I have made and sold, as well as a list of items that people can purchase. Here is the list so far:

Normal cakes-10$
-Lemon cake with lemon glaze
-Chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache
-Pumpkin cake (with or without chocolate chips) with brown butter glaze
-White chocolate cake with vanilla fudge glaze

Special cakes-15$ (Fruit and other additions cost a bit more to add!)
-Lemon cake with blackberries and blackberry glaze
-Chocolate covered strawberry cake with frosting and ganache
-Butter pecan cake with caramel frosting
-White chocolate covered pretzel cake with vanilla bean frosting

Cupcakes-10$ per box (24, give or take)
-Triple chocolate cupcakes
-Chocolate toffee cupcakes
-White chocolate raspberry cupcakes
-Cookies and creme (mint or plain) cupcakes

Brownies-5$ for a normal box (about 15 pieces), 10$ for a large box (30 pieces)
-Chocolate chip brownies, with or without walnuts
-Peanut butter fudge brownies
-Dark chocolate raspberry brownies
-Toffee blondies

Cookies-5$ for a normal box (about 15 pieces), 10$ for a large box (30 pieces)
-Chocolate chip cookies
-Oatmeal raisin/cranberry cookies
-Peanut butter cup cookies
-M&M cookies
-Raspberry thumbprint cookies (this makes a lot of smaller cookies)

Scones-7.50$ per box (about 15 pieces), can be sugar coated or glazed upon request
-Chocolate chip/white chocolate chip
-Banana nutella
-Lemon

Breads-7.50$ per loaf, sliced or cut into pieces upon request
-Pumpkin bread, with or without chocolate chips/walnuts
-Banana bread, with or without nutella
-Chocolate chip bread

I’m planning on adding/revising the list as I go!

Donation total: 42$

Cake idea!

A friend asked if she could purchase a cake for her sister’s birthday coming up in March! Her sister requested a dark chocolate cake with an addition of either raspberry or strawberry. I have a potential cake planned out. The dark chocolate cake recipe that I use has gotten rave reviews from my friends and family. The cake that I have in mind will be  two layers of dark chocolate cake with sliced fresh strawberries in between the layers. I’m planning on icing it twice: once with chocolate buttercream frosting, topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache (it looks so pretty when it drips down the sides!). To make it a bit special, I had the idea of adding chocolate dipped strawberries as a garnish for the top of the cake. The chocolate on the strawberries would blend in with the chocolate ganache which will result in a nice, pretty cake with a pop of color. I’m so excited!

A start…

Today I drove home from another trip to the Stanford hospital. As per usual, the four hour drive with my parents is full of conversation, some more interesting than others. One undeniably intriguing topic of discussion was the idea of selling my baked goods locally and donating the money. I mean, hey, I like to bake and I like to volunteer. For someone who is in poor health like myself, what could be better than doing both? And as an added bonus, being able to contribute and give back from my own home? The conversation quickly advanced into a flurry of recipe ideas and possible customers. I put a hold on the discussion in order to answer the immediate question at hand- where would the money be donated? What kind organization would be appropriate for this quirky, homemade project? I cracked down to brainstorm potential clients.

The homeless shelter?

Feeding the homeless is always a constructive outlet for those generous itches we sometimes have. But wouldn’t it make more sense to simply feed them directly rather than donate money from sold food? If that were the case, the goods would be required to be made in a commercial kitchen, which I do not have access to.

Supporting hospitals?

Though this idea is also tempting, it doesn’t quite have the excentric vibe that I am looking for. Being chronically ill and having spent time in the hospital myself has made me notice flaws in the medical professional, some that make me uncomfortable with donating money. Besides, wouldn’t the money just be put in with that of other anonymous doners? Perhaps something more local? More personal?

Animals?

Bingo! Being a pet owner and animal lover has greatly influenced my life, especially since the onset of my illness. There are times when I believe that spending time with my cats provides better healing than any medicine could do. Perhaps donating a small sum of my own would allow others to enjoy these wonderful creatures as well.

Now that the baseline for my project has been decided, a plethora of ideas and variables must be considered. Audience, for example. Should I aim to please those of my own, younger generation, or adults who are more likely to participate? The targeted customers automatically alters the genre of recipes to be considered. Being a teenager, I am able to understand the attraction to sweet, bright, impressive treats that are meant to satisfy. Though this category of baked goods is pleasing for everyone, adults seem to have a more “sophisticated” pallet (not to mention a desire to avoid sugar and calories), in which case healthy, filling treats would be desirable.

These ideas, among countless others, will require more thought on my part. Will this project turn out? Only time tells!

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