Cupcakes are a preferable alternative to birthday cakes, whose constant accompaniment by off-key singing has depleted the planet’s finite supply of forced smiles. Garner genuine grins with today's Groupon: for $21, you get one-dozen artisanal cupcakes at Sara Sara Cupcakes in Edmond (a $42.27 value).
Awash in ethereal whites and a sunny glow, Sara Sara Cupcakes’ sweetly scented shop entices customers with more than 20 gourmet cupcake flavors. Patrons can draft an army of one-dozen sweet-tooth warriors crafted from original recipes to descend upon upcoming birthdays, office parties, or raucous cross-stitching conventions. Buttercream frosting encircles miniature summits of fluffy blueberry cakes like honeyed haloes, and thin Snickers-bar slices balance atop the frosted surface of banana cupcakes in a tribute to straight-shooting Judge Joe Cannon. Recalling grade-school lunch bags filled with notes from mom and sandwiches disguised as cupcakes, Cate’s PB&J slathers vanilla cake with alternating layers of grape jelly and peanut-butter frosting generously sprinkled with chopped peanuts. The Cowboy Carrot encompasses an Oklahoma favorite, topping toasted walnut-studded carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting, and the Count Rockula flips dessert-for-breakfast into breakfast-for-dessert with cocoa puffs and lightly charred marshmallows heaped atop chocolate-frosted chocolate cake.
Sara Sara Cupcakes
Sara Brinson loved making cupcakes with her family and friends. When she died unexpectedly in 2007, a cupcake bakery seemed a fitting way to honor her memory. Since then, executive chef Eric Smith has assembled a menu of 21 original, seasonally inspired cupcake recipes. Rather than being slathered with inches of frosting, each treat conveys its unique flavor profile with elegant minimalism. A single blueberry perches on pristine buttercream, a cluster of toasted marshmallows sits like a cloud that drifted too close to the sun atop a cocoa-puff-inspired creation, and a ring of brûléed pineapple perfectly fits an upside-down-style cakelet.
Customers stopping in to pick up special orders for weddings or parties might still be tempted to sit and enjoy the sweet smells for a while inside the bakery’s two cafes, one a dollhouse of a cottage in Edmond, and the other a mod-styled, royal-frosting-white downtown space. Both locations reach out to their communities in a variety of ways, from selecting charities to benefit with their sales to date-night and family events.