The usually businesslike lobby of the building on Second Street that houses CBS Interactive (yes, that CBS
) looked like the lawn of a suburban elementary school this afternoon. Folding tables strewn with carefully labeled homemade baked goods were set up on the polished floors, not far from the modernish cube-shaped furniture. Behind the tables, a flat-screen TV showed, bizarrely, a rotating slide show of soothing images: kitties, flowers, etc. But the kitties and cube-couches were easily overpowered by the pervasive smell of bacon.
Every year a group of CBS Interactive employees hold a bake-off to raise funds for a nonprofit and to foster friendly competition between co-workers. This year's beneficiary was Habitat for Humanity. And for the first time ever, the bake sale had a theme. Everything up for grabs today was made with either bacon or faux-bacon.
Chocolate-bacon cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. The pig had no comment.
These maple bacon bites oozed with creamy filling.
Tiny apple-bacon crumble cakes were selling like, uh, hot cakes.
Not all the wares were traditional baked goods. One person brought bacon-caramel apples, while another had whipped up bacon brittle.