The 2011 Atlanta Food Bloggers Bake Sale was a tremendous success!
What an honor to work with such an amazing group of ladies, and I appreciated so much being included in the day! The sale raised nearly $3000 for Share our Strength charity ( No child hungry, EVER!)! As a mother I am always touched by children in need, so the concept that no child should ever be hungry is something I am more than willing to help with. It’s unbelievably touching that so many people were willing to give. While we were in Atlanta with our own bake sale numerous others were going on across the country. I do know I AM Baker participated in one up in Minneapolis.
Participating in the bake sale gave me an opportunity to meet several new (to me anyhow) bloggers and catch up with the always adorable Patti from Anatomy of a Dinner Party, who was our cashier for the day.
Many area bloggers donated their time and goods for the event, as well as a few local businesses (Red Queen Tarts with her fabulous “pop tarts”) donating their goods. There was plenty of delicious goodies to choose from.
A few of the blogs represented (and really great reads) were Running With Tweezers (Tami did a fabulous job organizing the sale), Food Victorian, True Southern Elegance (Sheila is just so sweet and set up a beautiful display of gingersnap cookies!), Jem of the South, Mele Cotte, Life in Recipes (Niki made some absolutely fabulous whole wheat croissants), The Broke Socialite (Shameeka is a true inspiration that you can make your dreams come true!), and Z Tasty Life.
I know there were more so please forgive me if I left anyone out!
As for the bake sale itself, let me tempt you with some of the wonderful delights of the day!
|Key Lime Cupcakes|
|Ginger Carrot Cake cupcakes|
My always supportive hubby, Audley spent the day with us as well. I think he became the official taste tester. For a guy that “doesn’t eat a lot of sweets”, he sure did eat a lot of sweets!
|tasting the gluten-free miniature carrot cake cupcakes.|
Are you hungry yet?
I didn’t get to make all I had wanted, but a pink lemonade cake (recipe soon) and raspberry buttercream cupcakes made a colorful display.
|Audley placing the cupcakes in boxes|
And if you are in the mood to bake now, here is my scrumptious raspberry buttercream recipe for you to tempt your own family. I made chocolate cupcakes as raspberry and chocolate are truly two flavors that were made for each other.
Raspberry Buttercream Icing
1 Stick butter, softened
1/2 cup crisco (the sticks work great for this)
1 tsp. Raspberry flavoring (you can find this at Michaels)
1/4 cup fresh raspberries, pureed
5 cups powdered sugar
Combine the butter and crisco well, until fluffy. Add the raspberry flavoring, then the puree, mixing thoroughly. Gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing as you add. If the mixture gets too thick, add a tablespoon or two of the whipping cream to help create the consistency you want for piping or spreading the icing.
Decorate your cakes as desired and serve them up!
If you would like to support Share our Strength, it is not too late. You can donate here and help this wonderful children’s charity!