Cupcake Camper

Hubby and I took a four day weekend to go visit my family in Illinois. It was a rainy chilly weekend in the Midwest so our original plan of going apple picking got foiled. Instead, we decided to head to the Shoppes at Grand Prairie to do a bit of shopping. It was a very successful shopping trip, especially since we saw this when we walked out of our last store.

That’s right! A cupcake camper. I know some of you have seen the cupcake trucks that go around NYC selling cupcakes, but this camper was at an outdoor mall in Peoria, Illinois.

We decided to wait outside in the misting rain to grab two cupcakes to split between the four of us. First the girl wasn’t there, so we waited a few minutes and she returned. During that time we decided on our flavors to try. We wanted to try a chocolate cupcake with pink frosting and a spice cupcake with orange frosting.

All of the cupcakes were in the camper in plastic boxes behind the counter. It appears that the cupcakes are baked somewhere else and then sold from the camper. When the girl came back, she gave us our two cupcakes. I asked the girl who baked the cupcakes (hoping that she would give me the name of a bakery or something), she said “I dunno, bakers?”.

When I looked down at the two cupcakes, I asked if the one with orange was in fact a spice cupcake, and she reassured me that it was a spice cupcake. I didn’t believe it at first since the spice cupcakes I’ve made are always a dark brown color and this one was clearly white. But since she had confirmed the order twice before going to get the cupcakes, AND verified again after she gave us the cupcakes, I dropped the line of questioning.

We paid and took our cupcakes home to enjoy. They were definitely big enough for us to cut them into four so everyone could have some of each. The chocolate cupcake was a bit dry. The cupcake to frosting ratio was about spot on. We all agreed that the frosting was ok. Nothing great, but also not overly sweet or bland.

On to the vanilla cupcake. Again, we had ordered a spice cupcake and were given a vanilla cupcake. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because this was a great vanilla cupcake. Maybe one of the best ones I’ve ever had.

Overall, the Cupcake Camper experience was ok. The employee working the day we went had no clue about what was going on. As a cupcake enthusiast, this was somewhat frustrating. My dad also commented that he was surprised they had so few flavors to choose from.

Cupcake Camper does have a website that is currently under construction, and a Facebook page that you can check out. I still have no idea where the cupcakes come from, so if anyone knows, I’d love to hear about it.

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

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3 Responses to “How to Pack Light for Europe”

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    Elizabeth — February 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    You did a great job! This was a thing very well done . We lived in Europe for a couple of years and took many week long trips all around the continent. We also found that one small bag(we used duffels) were the way to go. Never lost luggage, never missed a connecting flight, never had to lug heavy bags all over the place. We found that we could manage very well with less than was originally thought. In fact, I discovered that i really loved having less alltogether! (We lived in Limburg and Moravia; traveled to Poland, Croatia, Greece, Italy, France, England, and Belgium. Brugge is my favorite! Although I must say, I loved every speck of Italy, too!)

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    Karen — April 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    You did great! I also love Rick Steves’ packing cubes for a long trip. I fit everything I needed for 2 weeks in Europe in February in one cube, freeing up half my suitcase. And I’m a size 14-16 so it wasn’t just x-s size. Great job!

    • beantownbaker — April 4th, 2013 @ 7:17 am

      Thanks! It was definitely worth the effort to not be lugging around a huge suitcase while we were in Europe.

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