As soon as she took the lid off the lot of Oreo cookie crumb cupcakes, the smell of stale beer was overpowered by a certain sweetness of childhood: Betty Crocker boxed cake mixes and frosting from the can, Oreo cookies by the tray …
Aside from the laughter, old and new friends and general merriment — that being a given — nothing says birthday party at a bar (we took over Art Bar‘s back room) like homemade cupcakes and novelty treats — Pop Rocks, bubble gum cigarettes, Pez — from Economy Candy.
Photo of bubble gum cigarettes — [ED NOTE April 6, 2009: And late-breaking simultaneous cupcake-baking news] — after the jump:
[ED NOTE April 6, 2009:
I discovered yesterday that the ladies over at Cupcakes Take the Cake were on a marathon baking session to make 100 cupcakes in celebration of a birthday on the same day my friend was making the Oreo cookie cupcakes for her birthday!
Coverage of the 100 cupcake bake-off spans over several posts. From early updates:
To early photos: Photopost: The 100-Cupcake Baking Challenge of 2009
And, finally, the finished product (120 cupcakes!): Day 2 of the 100+ Cupcake Baking Challenge: Finished