I worked in the university Admissions office during my undergrad, and my boss always complained about what she called “awkward cake parties.” When an employee left, there was a get-together for the office where they served a sheet cake and everyone stood around and pretended like they liked each other and cared about what the person leaving was going on to do. Turnover in Admissions is quite high; there were a lot of awkward cake parties.
Friday was the last day at work for a coworker of mine, a dear friend I have worked closely with for almost 5 years. It was pretty bittersweet, because while I’m happy she’s moving on with her career, I will miss working with her. Also, I don’t deal well with change.
Luckily, we did NOT have an awkward cake party. But I did bring in cupcakes, made using a fun trick this coworker taught me.
Not everyone has as big a sweet tooth as I do; sometimes it’s nice to add a little savory to balance out the sweet. These are just a basic box mix French vanilla flavor, but I added a couple of tablespoons of powdered vanilla chai mix to give it a little kick. Adding chai, or other spices, to chocolate mixes also works really well.
The cut strawberries on top are a quick way to give a little color and make it look more “finished.”