First time at the Upper West Side location
Cupcakes caught him off guard!
Here they come...
Make a wish! George Costanza's watching.
The bday boy
The dust is finally starting to settle after the birthday craziness of October and November. After a bunch of close friends’ birthdays that fall in those 2 months — including myself, my brother, and Jen — it seems that there is finally some birthday-free weekends on the horizon. Friend, if I’m forgetting that your birthday is coming up, I’m sorry. Are you on facebook? I need those birthday reminders!
Last weekend we celebrated my little brother’s 21st birthday! It was a surprisingly low key event. A nice intimate dinner with close friends at one of my pizza faves, Motorino, and some Magnolia cupcakes at home. Sounds mature. I guess that’s the difference between 20 and 21. You start to appreciate the finer things in life as you get older. Meanwhile, I’m advertising jello shots and encouraging booty dancing at my 24th bday party a few weekends ago, so…
I haven’t had Magnolia cupcakes in a while. I remember they were alll the rage when I first moved to New York and went to NYU. They were pretty much the sweets staple at any birthday party/fundraiser/dorm floor event. But then, as I began to expand my sweet tooth and venture off the cupcake beaten path, I started to discover a whole slew of other lesser known (and often better tasting!) cupcake options in the city and in Brooklyn. Since the cupcake market in New York is already so saturated, Jen and I decided in the beginning stages of starting Fanny & Jane, that we would explore other comfort sweets options (our red velvet cake bites being the most popular), offering New Yorkers and friends and family an alternative to the usual cupcake fare. We’ve dabbled in cupcakes before (remember our mini carrot cake cupcakes at the Susan Woo Fashion Week event?) and as the holiday season approaches, we are thinking of trying some special seasonal treats. Peppermint cupcakes, perhaps?
But enjoying those Magnolia cupcakes for my brother’s birthday the other night, it was a nice reminder of the good ol’ days. The Magnolia cupcakes that I bought for my roommates, or the time I took my mom to their bakery when she was visiting, or the delicious pick-me-up after finishing a final. It’s funny how sense memory can do that. How the taste of the Magnolia frosting can take me right back to Freshman year. Look people, I eat sweets to help me remember. And also, because they just taste so good.
p.s. these photos were taken with my NEW birthday gift CAMERA! Sweet, huh?