What to bake for a school fete

Fed up of taking plain fairy cakes to the school bake sale or fete? Why not try these tasty recipes for easy cakes, cookies, buns, muffins and brownies instead?

Butterfly buns

Fed up of taking plain fairy cakes to the school bake sale or fete? Why not try these tasty recipes for easy cakes, cookies, buns, muffins and brownies instead?

Planning on baking something for a school fete? Looking for something quick and easy to sell that's going to raise some money for the school? You've come to the right place! From bite-sized bakes to simple cookies, we've got lots of delicious recipes to choose from.

The kids are going to love tucking into cookies, cupcakes covered in Smarties not to mention wanting to win a massive chocolate cake covered in chocolate fingers. We've got lots of ideas to inspire you here.

Click through our ideas for what to bake for a school fete now...Biscuits are great for summer fetes and bake sales. These delicious choc chip cookies are super-simple to make.

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Butterfly buns

goodtoknow user Niamh says, 'I added vanilla essence and red food colouring, also dyed the buttercream icing pink. They were fab - no more store-bought cakes!'

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Phil Vickery's Millionaire's shortbread

Phil Vickery's Millionaire's shortbread

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These Millionaire shortbreads are layer upon layer of goodness. Made with caramel, melted chocolate and buttery shortbread, you could whip up a lot of these bite-sized treats in one go. Pile them high on the table when it comes to serving and make sure you've got tongs to serve, otherwise you'll get rather chocolaty fingers.

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Smartie cupcakes

Smartie cupcakes

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Cupcakes are perfect for baking for a school fete, especially when they?re decorated with buttercream and a generous sprinkling of sweets, chocolates or sugar strands. These cupcakes are topped with Smarties. Watch them disappear in seconds.

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Apple flapjacks

Apple flapjacks

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Whip up these delicious apple flapjacks in no time. Cut into triangles or squares and sell in little cellophane bags - the kids are going to love them! The sweetness of the apple and the softness of the oats work wonders together, you might have to keep some to one side for yourself.

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Chocolate fingers cake

Chocolate fingers cake

If your kids' school is holding a raffle at the school fete we'd recommend making this chocolate covered chocolate cake. It will be the ultimate prize for that lucky winner! Make the day before and cover in cling film before its show time. Store in a cool place to stop the chocolate fingers, and other chocolaty sweets, from melting.

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Coloured candy cookies

Coloured candy cookies

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These coloured candy cookies are quick and easy to make and you can make a lot of them in one go too. Swap the Smarties for other sweet treats like classic chocolate chips, M&M's or even crushed Maltesers. They won't cost you much to make either!

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Chocolate brownies

Chocolate brownies

Everyone loves a chocolate brownie and the kids are going to love these too ? even the teachers will want to try some. This is our favourite brownie recipe, which of course you don?t have to serve with freshly whipped cream but is perfect on its own cut into squares.

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Orange fairy cakes

Orange fairy cakes

We've sneaked in this fairy cake recipe as it's great for allergy sufferers. Plus, you can also make it with plain flour and butter.

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Spiced carrot cake squares

Spiced carrot cake squares

These bite-sized squares will be snapped up in no time. With a hint of spice, thanks to the mixed spice powder, these flavour packed mini carrot cakes are really simple to make. Top with a homemade, orange-infused icing and get ready to serve.

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Gluten-free coconut cookies

Gluten-free coconut cookies

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These deliciously crunchy coconut cookies from Woman's Weekly look really impressive but are actually really easy to make.

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Vanilla fairy cakes

Vanilla fairy cake recipe

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If you do want to make fairy cakes, make your own frosting to impress!

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Cranberry and cinnamon tray bake

Cranberry and cinnamon tray bake recipe

goodtoknow user Kelly says, 'Just made this and it turned out really well. The children have eaten half of it hot out the oven already!'

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Honey joys

Honey joys recipe

If you're short on time, grab some butter, sugar, honey and cornflakes to rustle up these incredibly easy yet super-tasty sweet treats.

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Brighton rock buns

Brighton rock bun recipe

The best thing about this Woman's Weekly recipe is it uses really simple and cheap store-cupboard ingredients.

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Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake

Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake

Mary Berry's classic lemon drizzle cake recipe is one of our most popular recipes and you'll soon see why! It's cheap, quick and easy and something all your friends and family will love tucking into...

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Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.