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Baking with TakeAlongs

This is a guest post written by Katie who is an Assistant Brand Manager on our food storage team.

In celebration of our TakeAlongs Sweepstakes, I decided to bring a little holiday cheer to the office and bring in some baked goodies.  I wanted to use some recipes that I found on  We partnered with ACH, who makes Fleishman’s yeast, Karo corn syrup, Karo corn syrup, etc. and others to bring you this website full of fun recipe ideas.  All of recipes on the site are made completely from SCRATCH. I know, you are probably thinking, “That sounds way too difficult and time consuming!”  Trust me, I was a little worried since I have never baked from scratch before.  However, in the spirit of the holidays, I decided to give it a shot.

I started with the Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes.  Since it uses canned pumpkin, it was very easy.  All I had to do is add all the dry ingredients together with the wet ingredients and pour them in the cupcake pan.  30 minutes later, I had 24 yummy looking cupcakes!  I sighed in relief that the first attempt was a success.

My second attempt was to bake a Cherry Chocolate Pie.  This one was even easier than the cupcakes.   After melting the chocolate, you mix all of the ingredients in one bowl and pour the mixture in a store-bought graham cracker crust shell.  I poured on the cherry filling right before we were ready to serve at the office.

The final goody was a Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake.  Again, a very easy recipe and all from scratch!  The pecans really made this dish extra yummy.  This could easily be served as an after dinner desert or even a fun breakfast treat.

Not only was baking from scratch easier than I thought, so was transporting all the desserts to the office.  By using TakeAlongs Large Rectangles to hold all the Pumpkin Cupcakes and another to transport the Cherry Chocolate Pie, my mini-masterpieces made it the office safely and stayed fresh until they were served in the afternoon.  Everyone at the office loved the desserts and we decided to have mini launch parties every quarter.  Best of all, I embraced baking from scratch!

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