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Photos: Inside the Cronut birthday party at Dominique Ansel Bakery

The pastry turned three years old this week.

After three years and 36 flavors, theCronutremains as much of a star as the day itwas born.

DominiqueAnsel'sever-changing doughnut-croissant hybridturned three years old this week, and the chef celebrated with a birthday party at hisSoHobakery on Friday night for friends and supporters.

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Yes, guestssang "Happy Birthday" to a giant tiered cake ofCronuts, while feasting on Cronut holes in 12 of the pastry's most successful flavors, which change every month:


Rose Vanilla May 2013
Lemon Maple June 2013
Fig MascarponeSeptember 2013
Salted Dulce de LecheNovember 2013
Valrhona Chocolate ChampagneDecember 2013
Raspberry LycheeFebruary 2014
Milk & Honey with LavenderMarch 2014
Blueberry Lemon VerbenaMay 2014
Matcha Golden PineappleMarch 2015
Key Lime Young Coconut June 2015
Red Bean Strawberry JamFebruary 2016 (Tokyo)
Brown Sugar Rhubarb with Lemon Thyme SugarMay 2016

Wait, doesn't this mean it's technically the Cronut's 36th birthday?

Chef Dominique had just returned from Japan two days ago, where he'd also thrown a celebration at the first outpost ofDominiqueAnselBakeryin Tokyo. He'll soon launch another one in London - if he survives the jetlag. As the parent of any 3-year-old will attest, the time just flies by, butAnselsays he still wakes up inspired by theCronut.

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In addition toCronutphoto ops,temporary tattoos, champagne and roséin the cafe's backyard, and the greatest hits buffet ofCronut holes(the regular holes left over from the pastry are about 1cm wide, so these were more likeCronutpuffs), there was a summer barbecue spread in the backyard.

The bakery's neighbor, AndrewCarmellini'sThe Dutch,hauled over a charcoal pit to cooktortillas and a suckling pig for a porktaco spread. The restaurant's staff took pity on the bakery's crewduring the initialCronutfrenzy, bringing them lunch during their longest days. Carmellini also attended, though not to cook.

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The birthday party will be repeated on Saturday as a gift forCronutsuperfans, some of whom won tickets by writing love poemsto the pastry through an Instagram contest. And it's looking like there will be many more choruses in the Cronut's future.