Wednesday, September 28, 2011

*UPDATED* Magic Bars for Austin Bakes for Bastrop

I'm making magic bars (hold the bacon) for Austin Bakes for Bastrop on October 1st. You may remember the Austin Bakes group from the bake sale for Japan. Austin Bakes for Japan was a resounding success, raised almost $12,000, and created an amazing network of Austin bakers and food artisans who rise to the occasion when tragedy strikes and pitch in to raise relief funds.

Sadly, the cause is much closer to home this time. Texas is in the midst of an epic drought and just closed out the hottest summer ever recorded in the US. These combined conditions have turned the entire state into a tinderbox and fires have raged in almost every corner of the state. Over the Labor Day weekend, a fire broke out in Bastrop, just 30 miles southeast of Austin. The fire burned for over 20 days before it could be contained and destroyed over 1,600 homes. It carries the distinction of being the single most devastating fire (in terms of homes destroyed) in Texas history.

If you'd like to support the bake sale in raising relief funds for residents of Central Texas whose homes have been destroyed by fires, please stop by one or more of the following locations on Saturday, October 1st from 10am to 2pm and pick up something delicious:

Central Austin: Foreign & Domestic
306 E. 53rd Street, 78751
Austin Bakes for Bastrop will be set up in the restaurant parking lot.

815 W. 47th Street, 78751
Austin Bakes for Bastrop will be at the Triangle Park. Special thanks to The Flying Saucer's 4th annual Outdoor Beer Festival for sharing their park space!

Downtown Austin: Whole Foods Market Lamar
525 North Lamar Boulevard, 78703
Austin Bakes for Bastrop will be on the northwest side of the storefront, in the outdoor dining area.
*I'm working this location so please stop and say hi!

Northwest Austin: Whole Foods Market Gateway
9607 Research Boulevard, #300, 78759
Austin Bakes for Bastrop will be outside the storefront.

3300 E. Palm Valley Boulevard, 78665
Austin Bakes for Bastrop will be in the city parking lot near the Dell Diamond.

South Congress: Hotel San Jose
1511 South Congress Ave., 78704
Austin Bakes for Bastrop will be on the grassy area at the entrance of the Hotel parking lot along South Congress Avenue.

6800 Westgate Boulevard, 78745
Austin Bakes for Bastrop will be immediately inside the market entrance, alongside booths for the Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Metaphysical Faire.

Proceeds from sales at all locations will go to the Austin Community Foundation Central Texas Wildfire Fund. Donations will also be accepted online at the FirstGiving page before, during and after the sale.


Shaine and her Paragon Prep classmates made signs for the bake sale

Hooray! Thanks to the generosity of the Austin community, we raised over $12,500 for the Central Texas Wildfire Fund. 

Rachelle and I had a great time working at the Whole Foods Lamar bake sale table with a group of awesome volunteers- thanks to everyone's hard work, our share of the raised funds totaled $1,634.56!

I'd like to thank the ladies who came out to work the table and did such a fantastic job:

Esmeralda Gonzalez
Lindsey King
Whitney Johnson and Jennifer Chorazy of Simply Sweet
Ellen Rozman and her fantastic kiddos, Harrison and Shaine, and pup Karma
Kristine Waggoner and her gal pals

Gorgeous brownie cake courtesy of Claudette's Creations


  1. I am so sorry to hear about all the fires in Texas. Your Magic Bars should sell like magic, Shelley. They look so gooey delicious. Best of luck with the bake sale. I hope you raise lots of money!

  2. I hope you raise lots of money, too - these bars will be snapped up like crazy! Sorry to hear about the devastating fires - hope you get some rain soon.

  3. Wish I could be there and buy some of your magic!!!!!

  4. Oh my goodness, these bars have dulce de leche! Lucky, lucky bake sale attendees. Save one for me, please.

  5. Congratulations on helping to raise so much money for a wonderful cause. I wish I could eat some of those delicious magic bars, every girl can use a bit of magic, no?
    *kisses* HH

  6. Hope you could raise a lot of money with the bars, they sure look delicious.
    Great cause Shelley!

  7. It is harder when it hits home. But now you can see all your efforts also helping them! What a great cause. I wish I was able to come and buy the goodies.

  8. Those look so great Shelley. You did so awesome this weekend -- The WF downtown site was hopping!

  9. I had no idea about the drought. I'm living under a rock, apparently. Good luck with the bake sale. I'm certain those bars will sell like hotcakes. Yum!

  10. This is a very good cause. So dreadful about the horrible fires down your way!

    What do you mean Magic Bars, hold the bacon? Do they normally have bacon or is that merely a magical ingredient?

  11. @Stevie- I don't think traditional magic bars have bacon in them. The recipe from Food & Wine included bacon but I left it out. I really like bacon but I think it's a bit played out as a dessert ingredient.