What to Make for Office Birthday Treats

August 5, 2009 | By | Comments (5)

Ms-mud-cake-sl-642287-l We in the MyRecipes office, as you might’ve guessed, love food.  Not just a passing, “Ooh, cookies” kind of way, but in an indulgent “there’s leftover layer cake by the coffee pot” kind of way. So it’s no surprise that when you’re assigned to bring office treats (say, for our monthly birthday celebration), it’s kind of a big deal.

Don’t get me wrong– we aren’t food snobs around here.  We love (and enjoy!) Girl Scout cookies just as much as we love store-bought classics. It’s just that when your month comes around, you’re unlikely to break out the break-n-bake. Oh no, you go for the big guns.

Yesterday was my turn and I brought out the big (ooey gooey) guns: Mississippi Mud Cake. Holy sweet chocolate frosting is this dessert good.  Rich, too.  Almost too rich– you couldn’t really eat it with ice cream without going into a sugar coma.

For our crew, the unofficially Office Birthday Treats rules are as follows:

1) Bite-Sized is Better.  You can pick up more than one without others noticing, and it’s much easier to sneak a few extra on your way (ahem) to the copier.

2) Always Include Ice Cream.  Whether we’re having brownies, cookies, cake, or yummy little bites of chocolate deliciousness, we always pair it with ice cream.  Two kinds, in fact; one a classic vanilla and the other a toss up (Mint for me, please!).

3) Skip the Fancy Decorations.  You can adorn each cookie if you want, or add festive writing to the cake, but we’re just going to eat it, and fast.  We choose function over form– layer on that frosting!

What do you make for your office mates?  Anyone with a rotating lunch crew out there?


  1. Virginia

    I’m kicking myself thinking this could’ve been my birthday treat!!! Miss you guys and gals

    August 5, 2009 at 1:21 pm
  2. Donna

    We just did a recipe book with all our birthday party treats. We go for more than just cake, appetizers etc. too! And I agree, always ice cream!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm
  3. Cate O’Malley

    My co-workers and I used to do a rotating lunch. We were all on Weight Watchers at the time, and each of us took a day of the week, bringing in lunch for everyone else, and Friday was a free day. It was great fun – we only made lunch once during the week, but ended up getting fed 4 days of the week – total win-win. This cake looks like it’s going right to the top of my to-try list.

    August 11, 2009 at 7:38 am
  4. Angela

    Unfortunately, my last office was full of the type who sign up to bring napkins or cups. But, who needs an office potluck for this cake?

    August 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm
  5. Jason

    This was the yummiest b’day treat yet. I had another piece later in the afternoon. I think Zoe caught me stuffing my face in the pantry…

    August 14, 2009 at 7:09 am

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