Saturday, June 7, 2008

Frosting as Fetish

cake-1Ever since Marie Antoinette, the cultural significance of cake has been confirmed. In New York City in 2008, it’s the little buggers with pastel peaks of frosting that really get people’s juices flowing. Of course I’m talking about the famous cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, dispensed to the masses everyday of the week until midnight out of a tiny storefront on Bleecker St. that’s manned by a tougher bouncer than the muscle men running the door at Bungalow 8 or The Box. The line is always long, it’s always a mix of locals and tourists, and it’s one I’m willing to stand in myself, on occasion, because cupcakes aren’t my favorite things to make at home. (I prefer boxed brownies or banana bread).

cake-2The cupcake is a trend with no death in sight.

It’s become such a touchstone of modern, urban life that it was only a matter of time before someone wrote a piece of performance art in which a crew of dancers would don hot pink, flapper dresses, march through the West Village and into a public square, each holding high a pair of the diminutive cakes, singing an original song about the commercialization of historic Greenwich Village to the tune of “God Bless America,” and then process and dance and chomp at their sugary treats in ecstatic unison, as if celebrating an ancient Pagan ritual.

All hail the Goddesses of Butter, Powdered Sugar, and Food Dye, who came together to give us the perfection that is butter cream frosting!!

When I heard about this performance piece I knew I couldn’t help but go see it for myself. I went to support the arts. I went to contemplate the role of the cupcake in the sociopolitical development of my neighborhood. Okay, I went to see if there would be free cupcakes (there weren’t). But it was a fun, one-off, “only in New York” type occurrence and you can check it out for yourself next weekend, or the following:

Celebrate the Cult of the Cupcake with UNISON FETISH Featuring the CUPCAKE CADET CORPS
Saturday June 14 & Sunday June 22 @ 2pm & 4pm Bleecker Playground @ West 11th & Bleecker Streets

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