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    We Found The Ultimate Hipster Dessert, And It's Obviously In Brooklyn

    At Brooklyn's Hail Mary, everything is made from scratch. Even the sprinkles. Even the CHEESE.

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    Greenpoint is a v. trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn.

    It's also home to a giant homemade funfetti cake with giant homemade sprinkles.

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    Like, GIANT sprinkles.

    The cake is made by the chefs at Hail Mary, a restaurant that also serves things like fried chicken, deep-fried burrata, and a grilled cheese FILLED WITH HOUSE-MADE CHEESE.

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    To make the sprinkles, they start by mixing royal icing with six different kinds of food coloring.

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    Then, they pipe the sprinkles onto parchment-lined baking sheets BY HAND.

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    And OMG it takes forever. But it's so, so worth it.

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    The sprinkles need to sit out at room temperature for a day to dry, and then they're ready to go.

    The cake is made from scratch, but the chefs use a special "birthday cake extract" to make it taste like the boxed mix we all know and love.

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    And ugh, no, you can't buy the birthday cake extract to use at home (for cakes and cookies and oatmeal and smoothies and also probably just to drink straight-up). Hail Mary buys it from a purveyor that only sells to restaurants :(

    (Because cake from scratch is amazing, but cake from a box is amazing too.)

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    Actual art that hangs in the dining room.

    There are also store-bought sprinkles baked into the cake, because when they tried to bake the homemade sprinkles, they just dissolved. And the frosting?

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    SALTED CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM.

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    Once the cake is frosted, it gets covered with sprinkles. Which also takes forever.

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    But, again, so awesome and worth it.

    The cake is so big that each one gets cut into 12 (HUUUUGE) slices.

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    And you guys, it is good. The cake is sweet and the frosting is salty and THE SPRINKLES will make you want to bounce around in your seat like a little kid on a sugar high.

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    Because you will be ~excited~ but also maybe on a little bit of a sugar high.

    The cake is available every day, for $11 a slice.

    Hail Mary is also doing cool stuff with savory food. Like deep-frying very fancy cheese in not-so-fancy breadcrumbs.

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    Ham and Sohla El-Waylly, the chefs and owners of Hail Mary, initially set out to open a fancier restaurant. Ultimately they settled on the kitschy, high-low concept because it was cheaper to open and better suited to the neighborhood. As part of this high-low approach, their take on a mozzarella stick is, according to Sohla El-Waylly, "the fanciest burrata you can buy, flown in from Italy, breaded in Progresso bread crumbs and deep-fried."

    And making fried chicken out of birds so fresh that they have to hang them in the kitchen for a couple of days before they fry them.

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    But what do people think about being served a chicken with the feet still on it? "It's polarizing," El-Waylly says. "Some people walk out when they see it; some people send it back before they try it."

    But no matter what you eat for dinner, it's all about that cake.

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    Check out this video that shows you how they make badass GIANT sprinkles:

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