recipe scrapbook

October 11, 2007

The Joy of Baking

Filed under: cake recipes, office cookbook — Ashley @ 12:36 pm

I absolutely love baking, but being a single twenty-something who’s circle of friends aren’t local, I never have anyone to bake for.  However, I’m starting to form relationships with some people at work and as I’m sure most people know, free food goes fast in offices.  So I figured, why not start baking for them?  I used to do it for my old coworkers all the time and they loved every morsel of it.

One cake I’ve become famous for is my Speckled Cookie Cake.  It’s a two-layer chocolate cake with crushed cookies, a cream cheese center, and whipped cream icing. Absolutely delightful!

Chocolate Cookie Cake w/ Whipped Topping

1 box of chocolate cake mix
2 tubs of whipped topping
1 block of cream cheese
1 Tblsp of vanilla extract
1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies

*This is a two layer cake with frosting on top and in the middle.

 1: Prepare the chocolate cake according to box directions (remember you want two layers.)
2: While baking, prepare your cream cheese mixture for the center.  Simply crush half of the package of sandwich cookies; this can be a coarse crush.  Use a mixer to combine the crushed cookies into the cream cheese and vanilla extract.  Fold one tub of whipped topping into the cream cheese/cookie mixture.  Cool until spreadable but firm.
3:  Once the cake layers are baked, allow them to cool completely.  This can’t be a rush job, or your icing mixtures will definitely melt.
4:  Spread the cooled cream cheese mixture between the cake layers.  Allow to chill some more while you prepare the other icing mixture.
5:  For the outside icing mixture, you want the cookies to have a finer crush.  Fold the finely crushed cookies into the remaining tub of whipped topping.  The mix should have a speckled look.
6:  Spread the whipped topping onto the cooled layered cake.  The icing will not be smooth, but it will have a very cool rustic look to it.

I hope you, your co-workers, friends, and family all enjoy it; I know I never get any complaints, except when it’s gone!

That’s it for me, until next time…

August 17, 2007

TV-Show Gangs and Their Hang-Outs

Filed under: cookbook ideas, food TV, office cookbook — Ashley @ 12:16 pm

I’m about to reveal some interesting insight about my love for hit sitcoms that are now in late night syndication.

Most TV-Show gangs have their favorite hang-out spots or watering holes, and something tells me you do too.  Murphy Brown and the FYI news team dined at Phil’s; Roseanne and the ladies from Wellman Plastics drank their sorrows away at The Lobo; and Frasier Crane and the gang from KACL got their daily dose of coffee at Café Nervosa (the scary thing is I didn’t even have to research that stuff).

So where do you and your co-workers go?  If you all are regulars at a regular spot, you may be sitting on a treasure trove of recipes for a Secret Ingredients Cookbook.  Most times if you go to a place often enough, people start to recognize you, and you yourself start to have an affinity for certain dishes.  As a result of your loyalty, restaurant owners may be more than willing to share recipes with you to add to your cookbook.  If you add enough familiar co-workers, and favorite recipes, you may end up with an office-themed cookbook.  How cool would that be to flip through at the next holiday party or company picnic?

That’s it for me, until next time…


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