A while ago me and my children decided to try holding a cake/garage sale. Halloween seemed like a good time to do this, especially seeing as this year it falls in the half term week. I have never taken the children trick or treating before but now the children are that bit older there is no possible way of avoiding it any longer.
So, we decided to embrace this first year of acknowledging Halloween by starting with a spooky theme. Pinterest came into it’s own here. This is where all our ideas stemmed from. There you can find limitless visual inspiration. I have pinned some of my favourites HERE.
At the end of the sale the children counted coins and split them three ways. They were delighted to have made some pocket money and surprisingly, it has all gone into their piggy banks. I don’t know where their restraint comes from!
The cakes and biscuits we made were all simple and easy to bake as well as to ice. The only slightly unusual cake I chose to make was pumpkin based. I spotted a delicious looking chocolate pumpkin cake over at Louisa of Chez Foti’s blog that I knew would keep well if made a few days ahead of time. It proved to be very popular and improved in flavour after a couple of days storage.
Seriously Good Chocolate Icing
Melt 150g milk chocolate in a pan along with a small tub of soured cream (170ml) on a gentle heat. When it is ready take it off the heat and give it a good whisk then refrigerate until it thickens and becomes spreadable. Spoon onto any cake and enjoy a creamy smooth and rich fudge like icing.
We used the icing to top the chocolate pumpkin cake and a traditional Victoria sponge. The other cakes on sale were chocolate & vanilla fairy cakes, rice krispie squares, meringues, butter biscuits and gingerbread men. All with Halloween decorations made by the children.
We all had a great time selling our wares to neighbours and school friends and will be back next year for more of the same.
If you are celebrating this Wednesday have a