One of the best features of the picnic is the Bake Off. People make desserts and the office votes on them. The first year we had it, I won with Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling. I haven't won since then. I have made chocolate hazelnut pie (beaten by chocolate toffee bars), chocolate cheesecake bars (beaten by carrot cake cookies - although I had some very interested people ask me for the recipe), and some cheap lemon-coconut bars made with Saltines (these were quickies I threw together that I had no intention of winning with and they were beaten by chocolate-peanut-butter buckeyes).
I had every intention of baking this year. I had a recipe for some bars that had a chocoloate cookie crust topped with a brownie-like layer infused with mini chocolate chips and Milky Way bars. I went to the store Wednesday night to pick up some ingredients, got home, and started to get to work. Then I took a second look at my recipe. It required a 9" square pan. I have an 8" square pan and a 9"x13" rectangular pan, but I don't havea 9" square. Who does? I looked through my book and found that just about every recipe called for a 9" pan. Desperate to make something, I went through all of my cookbooks looking for more things to make. It seemed all of my recipes required me to go back out to the store to get more ingredients. I gave up.
There were plenty of lobsters.
We didn't have many desserts, but there were a few.
This chocolate covered peanut butter cake was sort of disappointing. It had an off taste to it.
This cheesecake was obviously store-bought. I didn't bother.
I know it probably contained all kinds of bad ingredients, but I think this dessert called "Trailer Park Heaven in a Bowl" (Also, "Death by Chocolate" and "Trifle") was the one I voted for.
Coconut almond cake a close second. It was very popular and tasty.
I did my best to try it all.
We played all kinds of silly fun games all day.
There was beer, wine, margaritas, Mike's, and Smirnoff Ice of course. No company picnic is complete without enough booze to make people feel silly enough to participate in all of this!
Can't wait till next year's picnic!