To let this employee know how much I care and how much I am going to miss her like crazy I did what I always do. I baked a cake. A colorful and interesting cake to reflect her very unique personality. A checkerboard cake.
Start with 2 rounds of different colors. I went with green and pink.
Then find items you can use to cut the cakes into rings with. I used a juice glass for the smallest ring and my triffle dish just happened to be the right size for cutting the larger ring. Try to gently brush away the crumbs still sticking to the edges of the cuts to allow for a less messy assembly in the next step.
Now comes the fun part. But also the part where you find yourself holding your breath a lot while you carry delicate rings of cake back and forth. To reassemble the cake use your icing as glue. Spread the thinnest layer of icing on the cut edges and snug the contrasting color ring into it. Repeat for the top.
As you can probably tell, my cake layers are not even. My oven seems to cook my cakes unevenly, even if I rotate the pans while cooking. I fixed this issue by leveling things out on the top layer. Just use a long blade knife, like a bread knife, to shave those top layers down to a normal looking cake dome once it is all assembled.
And you are left with a checkerboard pattern when you slice the cake. My now ex-employee was very surprised and really liked the cake. And of course the office was thrilled that there was cake. Because cake is awesome.