Office “Holiday Bake Off”…

mini red velevet cupcakes

This past Tuesday was my office’s first annual Holiday Bake Off. What a fun way to gain a couple extra pounds for the winter! It was pretty cool seeing the goods that everyone brought in and the history behind the recipes. There were four categories to compete in: Best Tasting, Most Festive/Holiday Inspired, Most Creative/Original and Best Decorated.

Guess what….to my suprise…I WON for Most Festive/Holiday Inspired. My red velvet mini cupcake bites took the prize. The “cupcake liner” was milk chocolate and the “frosting” was white chocolate topped with sprinkles and a M&M.

Here’s what it looked like on the inside…

mini red velevet cupcakes

I was definitely inspired by Bakerella…I’ve attempted her cake balls recipe for my husband’s birthday this year and while they tasted delicious…my presentation needed some work. I was very happy about my results from round two! This time I tried my hand at her Cupcake Bites instead of the balls. It took a few extra steps but it was worth it! They were just so darn cute!

Here are the other winners:

Best Tasting: Cherry Cheesecake Bars

cherry cheese cake bars

Best Decorated: Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Ribbons

red velvet cake

Most Creative/Original: Sugar Cookies & Biscotti Skewers

biscotti sugar cookies

I do want to give a very honorable mention to the fabulous pie shown below. It may not be displayed with all of the bells and whistles…but the flavor speaks for itself!

egg nog pie

Eggnog Pie…it was light and creamy and gave you a burst of the holidays in every bite!

Thank you everyone for sharing their baked goods…my waist line appreciated every bite!

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