Some of you may know, but I recently got a new “grown-up” job. It’s the most adult-y job I’ve had in ever. I’m getting my own cubicle. And phone line (!!!) and business email. And OMG, it’s the kinda job that asks you to wear “business casual.” In other words, I have made it to the adult world, people.*
And while I really enjoy the job so far, I feel like a complete fish who’s out of water, on Mars and wearing a Richard Simmons face mask, like WHUTTTT THE HELLLL IS GOING ONNNN. Tooooootally out of my element, y’all.
First of all, it’s set in an office building where there is no music playing, no sounds being made except for the low hum of a printer in the distance which basically goes against my religion. No music? No sounds? I mean, people literally type so softly that the sound is undetectable by the human ear. And seriously, you can’t even hear anyone breathe.
So you can imagine my general embarrassment when I walk down the hallways wearing clinking jewelry, combat boots thumping, swishy skirt swishing, and my typical-human breathing patterns clambering along like a bull in a china shop. Or in the Matrix. Whatever’s quieter.
And I get all these stares from the workers like WHY IS SHE BREATHING IN MY SPACE? and I look at them all self-conscious like, I’m sorry I’m breathing, y’all! I’ll try to keep my lungs silent as to not disrupt your delicate workflow!
So basically I’ve become REALLY good at holding my breath.
And second of all, I have been taking the business casual thing as “wear what I usually do except with slightly less sparkle.” That still hasn’t stopped me from wearing a tutu and combat boots, or from dressing up as a cowgirl one day. Oh yes I did. And I’m kinda getting the impression they’re not taking the girl wearing costumes seriously. But honestly, just because I’m working in an office doesn’t mean I need to dress so drab. Plus, slacks and loafers are against my moral codes. Do I look like I own a pair of khakis? No. So let me wear my damn peplums and sky-high booties in peace!!
It’s taking me quite some time to adjust to holding my breath and reign in my craziness. I just can’t wait until cubicle day so I can string up some Christmas lights, hang a beaded curtain as my door, and maybe install a stationary bike in the corner by my bonzai garden.
Until then, I’m trying to win over these folks with my craziness, and a good way to do that is with food. Crazy good food that will make you scream and dance and dress up like a cowgirl to work on Thursdays. Just do it, people.
Awhile ago, a sweetie pie friend of The Domestic Rebel suggested through Facebook that I make a brownie bomb featuring carrot cake. I experimented a little with my Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Bombs, and finally found a recipe for the carrot cake version that’s sweet, spicy, tangy, and totally explosively awesome.
But mainly I just want you to make it so you’ll dress up like a cowgirl, too. Yeehaw!!
- 1 box carrot cake mix
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup oil
- 1 small cheesecake, baked and cooled (about 6" in size)*
- 1 pkg vanilla Candiquik
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Carrot Cake M&M's** (or any other flavor M&M's)
- *For this recipe, I used cheesecake bites I picked up from my local yogurt shop. Most yogurt shops have them in the cold part of their toppings, so pick some up to use if you can't find a prebaked cheesecake in the store!
- **The carrot cake M&M's were a seasonal item this past spring, so if you have some on hand still, use them! If not, these would taste awesome with almond M&M's, pretzel M&M's, white chocolate, or even regular!
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and oil with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 12-14 minutes or until it just barely looks set and is barely golden. Cool completely.
- IF USING ROUND CHEESECAKE, scoop rounded Tablespoons of the cheesecake out with a cookie dough scoop and place them on a foil-rimmed baking sheet. IF USING CHEESECAKE BITES, scoop the bites out of the container and gently compress in the cookie dough scoop; drop by rounded Tablespoonfuls onto the foil-rimmed baking sheet. Freeze the cheesecake balls for about 2 hours or until firm.
- Once the bars have cooled, cut them into about 1" sized squares. Take a square in your hand and gently press it with the heel of your hand to flatten it slightly. Wrap the carrot cake brownie around the cheesecake ball, enclosing the cheesecake ball inside. If it doesn't completely cover the cheesecake, that's okay; just cover as much as you can. Return the coated cheesecake bombs to the sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes to set.
- Prepare the Candiquik according to package directions. Stir in the cinnamon. Dip each bomb into the chocolate, coating completely and allowing excess to drip off. Top with a carrot cake M&M, or regular-flavored M&M. Serve immediately, or store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.
- **I noticed that the carrot cake brownie was not as fudgy as an actual brownie (naturally). If your carrot cake brownies are not as moist as they should be, consider crumbling them slightly into a large bowl and adding a Tablespoon or two of canned frosting or softened cream cheese, then combine the two like you would a cake pop. The frosting will add some added moisture and tackiness to the brownie so it will better adhere.**
My coworkers FLIPPED for these fantastic carrot cake bombs! The creamy cheesecake filling, the spicy carrot cake blanket around it, and the smooth and warm cinnamon white chocolate all made for a delectable little bite of delicious carrot cake. As I mentioned in the recipe notes, I used the cheesecake bites most commonly found at frozen yogurt shops and they worked out great (and were a little cheaper than buying a whole premade cheesecake!) Either way you bite it, anything stuffed with cheesecake, smothered in brownie and coated in chocolate is going to be awesome!!
Have a delicious day!!