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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6 Responses to “Cupcake Camper”

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    Laurel — October 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hey this “lurking” but faithful reader who lives a couple of minutes from the Shoppes at Grand Prairie got really excited when she read your post today!

    And she’s a little confused as to why she’s writing in the third person. =)

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    Jen — October 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Hehe that’s funny Laurel. Thanks for the comment. Definitely let me know if you actually try a spice cupcake!

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    Molly Jean — October 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Oh I’m so disappointed you are rockin’ a new Cupcake Camper tshirt! That seems like the perfect piece to add to your collection ;)

    And although the experience was just “eh, okay” I have to say I love the concept. Very clever!

    Heres hoping you enjoyed your trip to the midwest!!!

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    Nina — October 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Holy Toledo!~ I live in NYC and have never seen anything the size of that camper–how fabulous! This is a great post. I would have been jumping up and down to walk out of a store and see that lovely silver camper selling giant cupcakes! Their cupcakes look amazing. Thanks for posting this!

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    Katie K — October 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    If you love this then you’d also love Hey Cupcake which is stationed in Austin, TX! Their flavors are terrific..you should check out their website, too!

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    Jigginjessica — October 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I would be frustrated with that employee too! She obviously doesn’t get the cupcake passion! What a fun find though.

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