Baking for a Cause

March 15, 2011 • 12 Comments

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Like Mother, Like Daughter! Victoria with Her Mother  Heart-shaped Cookies To Be Sold 

We're calling all food52ers to put their cooking chops toward an important cause!

Inspired by a similar event in Wellington, New Zealand, food52 recipe tester Victoria Ross (above, with her mum) and friends in Auckland rallied their collective pastry power to produce The Great Kiwi Bake-Off, which raised $16,420 for clean-up in the Christchurch earthquake!

Thanks to word of mouth and the power of Facebook, Aucklander Glenn Browne orchestrated this epic bakesale, in which a local train was used to transport the goods from home bakers to buyers. "We had everything from people putting in $1 for a huge plate of treats to a guy who bought a tiny little cake and threw in $100," Victoria reported back to food52 headquarters. They even auctioned off a wedding cake for the cause.

So the age old truth still stands: nothing brings solace and comfort to a community like homemade treats. In the aftermath of recent international crises, why not take to the kitchen? Check out Berkeley bakesaler Samin Nosrat's project for Japanese relief: a Bakesale for Japan is happening on Saturday, April 2nd, in three locations across the San Francisco Bay Area. Come one, come all, bearing oatmeal raisin cookies to mochi -- contact [email protected] for further details or, in true food52 spirit, throw your own bake-off!


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over 3 years ago manusmenu

Who would be on board to organise one in Sydney - Australia???


over 3 years ago Heena

I'm inspired! I've started a Toronto Bakes for Japan event. So any Toronto food lovers out there - jump in, or just spread the word. http://www.tiffintales...


over 3 years ago Angela @ the well-worn apron

Great idea. I am in. I have sent a Facebook message regarding possible Peninsula locations. Hope to hear something soon.


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Wow! This is awesome and inspiring. Good on you!


over 3 years ago lapadia

Hooray...Victoria Ross & Friends!


over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Very cool! What a great project.


over 3 years ago Sagegreen

So I can offer up a series of post cards that I can make for this occasion. For an aids benefit this winter in NYC one for the Postcards from the Edge exhibit that I made included origami patches as a quilt. Some new ones could be created and mailed to the benefit in CA more easily than food.


over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Each postcard in the show sold for $85 as a visual benefit for aids.


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

OH! I'd love to see your postcards! Do you have a link??


over 3 years ago Sodium Girl

I'm so on! Been trying to think of a creative way to help and wouldn't you know, it is right here on Food52!


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Very cool - with all of the bloggers here at Food52 we should be able to help out!


over 3 years ago eatthelove

For those who aren't in the San Francisco Bay Area (or are and want to do more) food blogger The Tomato Tart is hosting a virtual bake sale. You can check out her blog entry about it at http://www.thetomatotart... or you can email her directly at bakesale {at} thetomatotart {dot} com. I'll be donating to the virtual bake sale and will be at the San Francisco bake sale as well. Hope to see some of you there.