Name upgrade for a cake swap
November 20, 2016 5:47 PM   Subscribe

Instead of a Christmas gift exchange this year, my mom's small church is doing a cake swap. Each household brings a nice cake, pie, or other dessert, and at the end of the evening there will be a drawing to see who takes which dessert home. She wants a better name than "dessert extravaganza!" Any ideas? They're planning to display things nicely on multi-leveled stands, but any other thoughts on making this more special or entertaining are welcome!
posted by bizzyb to Food & Drink (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Secret Santa Cakes
Christmas Cake Swap

To make it more special- have each household include the recipe for how to make the dessert and a brief history of how the recipe came to their family?
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 6:00 PM on November 20, 2016 [2 favorites]

They used to have Cake Walks. The people or the kids would go round and round, and whoever was left standing and couldn't get a seat was timed out, then they would take away another chair. They would play music, then when the music stopped, everyone had to take a seat. The last person got the cake. So if you did it in another way, everyone would win. You have to have as many walkers as you have desserts to start.
posted by Oyéah at 6:00 PM on November 20, 2016

Depending on how small and close the church is (even a medium sized church or one with a turnover wouldn't work), but having them guess who made the dessert they take home would be entertaining, if everyone knew eachother.

You can play off "sweepstakes" and call it "The Great Christmas Sweetstakes", Or something like "Sweets Swap" or "Treat Trade".
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:06 PM on November 20, 2016 [2 favorites]

Maybe a Cake Wheel? "Get Your Just Desserts"?

"Cake Walk" may or may not be problematical--- not sure on the veracity of that, but that there's internet sites out there SAYING it is might be enough to shy away from the term.
posted by The otter lady at 6:18 PM on November 20, 2016

The Great Menominee Falls or whatever Bakeoff?
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:22 PM on November 20, 2016

Sweet Swap.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:38 PM on November 20, 2016 [3 favorites]

'The Desert Extravaganza' is actually an excellent name for this. Unless your mom really hates it.
posted by ovvl at 6:51 PM on November 20, 2016 [2 favorites]

Dessert Bazaar
posted by pintapicasso at 7:09 PM on November 20, 2016

We've called it the "Dessert Dash." Nice cakes and a few pies, on a nice multi-tiered display. Each table elects a "dasher," and when that table's number is called, that person has a limited amount of time to run up and pick a dessert before the next table number is called. Table numbers can be drawn out of a hat, or based on who wins a game, or based on who donates the most money for a cause, etc.
posted by Pearl928 at 7:25 PM on November 20, 2016 [3 favorites]

Those cakes? They're comin' on the Dessert Bus!

Bonus if you dress up the stands to look like buses.

(Sorry, watched Desert Bus all last week, and reliving the good times.)
posted by spinifex23 at 8:11 PM on November 20, 2016

posted by Huffy Puffy at 4:57 AM on November 21, 2016 [5 favorites]

The Take-the-Cake Extravaganza!
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:02 AM on November 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

Seconding "Sweet Swap" - also suggesting that people provide a list of ingredients so people can avoid allergens.
posted by soelo at 7:26 AM on November 21, 2016

posted by Dolley at 7:57 AM on November 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

Give & Take & Bake
posted by sibilatorix at 11:23 AM on November 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

Cake swap! It even makes a good chant.

Cake swap! Cake swap! Cake swap!
posted by heatherlogan at 5:06 PM on November 21, 2016

Ultime échange de gâteau . via google
posted by moonlily at 10:31 PM on November 21, 2016

Thanks all! She loved the "Caketacular," and I'm pretty sure is about to start making a wheel for spinning. Several of the other ideas are going to make it into the weekly announcements leading up to the event. :D
posted by bizzyb at 12:31 PM on November 22, 2016

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