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Bake Sale of the Damned--

Any thoughts from my food-creative friends would be appreciated on this one - I've committed to running the bake sale for our church Pagan group when they put on their halloween/Samhain party on Oct 25.

We discussed an occult bake sale - briefly, since virtually all spices and ingredients have some sort of symbolic significance (cinnamon is used in some rituals somewhere for wealth, say), one could imagine a spice cookie that was a get-rich-quick charm, or a luck-with-love charm, or whatever (there's a certain halloween kitzch factor here, so a good name like "black magic cookies," "burnt offerings" or "heart of scone" would go a long way toward a sale).

There's also traditional stuff like "Dead Bread", which I've been wanting to make for years now. Good opportunity.

Aaanyway, any of my food/magickal-thinking friends done anything along these lines? Or have any off-the-wall suggestions? I've finally located my Cunningham's Kitchen Wicca and all the other kitchen witchery books I've accumulated, those should be a big help...

[edit: I'm focusing on an "occult bake sale," not a "spooky-ooky halloween bake sale," so this is more about symbolism and correspondences, less about squicky strawberry blood and bats :) ]


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Sep. 4th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
My friend made these- I can get the recipe from her if you want...

Sep. 4th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Points for artistry on those! Good for a halloween-themed bake-sale, I'm not sure about specifically for an *occult* bake-sale. I'll meditate on that.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Ah- of course. Hmm. The first thing that comes to mind would be some sort of Apples of Avalon thing, or Persephone's pomegranates, but I don't know from baking.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)

edible flying spaghetti monster with google eyes.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Maybe halloweeny, but it doesn't fit the occult angle.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I suspect it would be eaiser to pull a listing of herbs you want to use and choose recipes from that, since any herb has been or can be used for metaphysical purposes as well. As examples:

Rose hips -sacred to the mother and a fertility symbol - my thoughts for a bake sale item would be a cupcake or cookie with rosehip jelly. The fact that they are also really high in vitamin C really isn't of use to you, though it may be of interest to your non-witchy buyers.

Lavender - sleep and protection and household harmony- added to shortbread is really most incredibly yummy.

Sage for wisdom (though I can't think off the top of my head any sweet recipes with sage, there's a sage flatbread / cracker sort of thing that is v. yummy) and salt and mint for purification (salt is too common in baked goods to stand out, but mint might be helpful)

All these are off the top of my head, but I'm sure you can think of others.

Also, an idea to add to your inventory... Sugar crystals+sweet almond oil+aromatic=a wonderful hand scrub for those of us with dry skin in situations where Avon just isn't good enough. 8-) Package it small and price it to recoup your costs and put a sample out for testing to encourage folks to buy. You'll want a basin of water, but seriously, it's good stuff. A variety of aromatic oils gives the metaphysically minded a chance to pick by intent and the non-metaphysically minded the option of choosing for scent or whatever. Rose Oil for beauty and Mint and juniper for clarity and Rosemary for healing and protection would be my first thoughts.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yah, I figured the easiest thing to do was to go through Cunningham and pick things that feature correspondences that work well, or have death-celebration/seasonal aspects. The rose hips are a good suggestion - or an indian cookie made with rose-water, which might be easier to access and a little more durable. I tend to look right past anything that has fruit as an ingredient, my background is in "selling cookies that have to last a week in the store," so...highly perishable = bad thing. That rules out fruit and moist chocolate recipes, in the back of my mind, but this is a more immediate, take-it-home-and-eat-it sale, so I can go with more perishable items :)
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Another good resource is the magickal almanacs by Llewelyn (or however that is spelled). I have a few with references for scents, cooking, and more in the articles. You are welcome to borrow them as soon as I remember to get them back from Emu.
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)

and chocolate anything sells well at a bake sale, so you'll want to pander tot he crowd on a couple of items. There will be folks who are willing to explore new things and there will be folks who just want to buy something for the kid tugging on her sleeve. Brownies or the like, something kid and impulse-friendly.

And now I have a yen to do a mixed cookie, dark chocolate and sugar, to represent the duality of Samhain, the light and dark, and life-from-death. Or the elemental thing from someone else's comment, chili pepper cocoa against liquid mint, crisp merengue against a flourless chocolate cake. Hmmmmm.....

Sep. 4th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
On the other paw, the context for this event is a "big kids only" party, so there won't be the little kids tugging at sleeves. This one's rated PG13, so I can be more sophisticated in my product :) And costuming, for that matter.
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
oh good. It may lower your sales a bit by eliminating the "mommy I want" factor, but it makes life easier and also lets you do some more sophisticated stuff, like truffles which lend themselves to variations on a theme. Changing the flavorings inside or outer coatings gives you multiples but with the same setup and basic recipes.

Hey! Adults! Can you do infused liquors? Pomegranate, again, but also cassia/cinnamon and mint and wouldn't the elemental four pack be fun? Cinnamon for fire, mint for water, something delicate for air, maybe rose? and then something earthy, mushroom is all that springs to mind, but I'm multitasking, so I'm sure someone else can come up with something better and because they are all infused vodkas, you've *snicker* got spirit covered. Okay, I'm dropping into silliness now and not being helpful, so I'll go away.
Sep. 4th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Lest we forget, though, someone has to be good enough to cook these things :) I think I'm going to stick with baked goods and MAYBE candies, because they're within the realms of "easy" for most people...
Sep. 4th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Candy is dandy...
It tickles me what folks consider easy. (not arguing, just laughing at myself more than anything. )

I've infused liquors, preserved fruit, baked everything from bread to merengue, done really complicated dinners (duck, beef wellington), fed a thousand people (not hyperbole - con suite at a scifi convention) and I won't make real candy for the same reason I won't deepfry at home. The temperature required for hard crack worries me. I also can't make a pie crust to save my life. Truffles are different, because I can cheat. S'why I don't make risotto.

But now we are completely off topic, sorry.
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Earth, air, water, fire cupcakes.
Earth could be the no-bake chocolate stuff with a gummi worm sticking out.
The air ones could have a mouse center or extra fluffy batter.
For water, maybe a very liquidy center.
Fire could have some spicy cinnamon or maybe jalapeño cornbread.

If you decide to do spirit, maybe combine all of them or do an angel foodcake.

There is also making edible ritual implements, athames out of marzipan, divining and other crystals from hard candy, wands from cinnamon twists with decorations.

Also maybe green man faces painted onto sugar cookies with icing. Or the fertile goddess done the same way.

Really rich (in sugar) cakes baked with candy coins into the slices for prosperity.

Just ideas off the top of my head, I am sure you could come up with a lot more.
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't really think about shapes! Marzipan can be a world of fun, and the )O( symbol would be easy to do. I doubt I'd be able to draw the green man and have it be recognizable to anyone but me, but ymmv.

Divinity could represent air, too. For sheer comic value, using fondant to attach pastel rock candy to the end of one of those thick pretzel sticks for a "magic wand" would be entertaining, but I'm afraid it would lighten the whole too much, and there is some serious purpose here.

I sort of like the idea of sugar cookies with pomegranate syrup. Season-appropriate.

Sep. 4th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
You could reprise your "Black Spiral" cookies...
Sep. 4th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten about the "chocolate spirals." :)
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmm Unicursal Hexagram cookies... *drools*
Sep. 4th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Wow. I would so totally buy a "heart of scone". That's an awesome idea.

Lemme look around and see what I can come up with.

Btw, sorry I didn't make it out last night. I was up until 4 am working on display units and packing my car. I will have to just come by and visit at some point. *grin*
Sep. 4th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
you're awfully busy, April! On the off chance you have a spare five minutes, I'm sure we'd love to have you over :)
Sep. 4th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could make different varieties of flavored oat cakes? If you go by Lindow Man's stomach contents (I'm pretty sure several other bog bodies had something similar as the obvious last meal), oat cakes are pretty much the most pagan food there is.

Like maybe you could have oatcakes with cranberries.
Sep. 4th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
What, and burn just one of the oatcakes? Scary thought. The person who gets the burned oatcake has to clean up after the party :(
Sep. 4th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
If it's not already too late for another recipe I can ask my family for some?
Sep. 5th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Of course, though I wouldn't have predicted that your family was into magical cooking :)
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