Curious, adventurous, and solemnly swearing that he is up to no good.
Published May 13th 2013
Pretty, pretty please?
During my short time in Adelaide, many things have surprised me, particularly its food truck "culture". It is not just a novelty, but a thriving niche that adds another dimension to the "foodie" experience that I can find in this part of the world.
On that note, I can thank my lucky stars over and over again, especially after three food trucks arrived at my campus as part of the UniSA Bazaar Markets lineup. One of which, a relative novice among more established food truck enterprises, is the cutely named "Cupcakes Please".
Priding itself as Adelaide's very first mobile cupcake truck, it will easily stand out among a crowd with bright yellow and polka dots splashed all over the truck's bodywork.
Vicki and Andrew Dunn are the pioneers of this family-run business. They strive to maintain a family heritage: Grandma's recipe, the inspiration for their array of hand-baked cupcakes, complete with decorations.
With a nod to quality and to various demographics, the cupcakes are made from local, high quality fresh ingredients. Free range eggs come from an unspecified farm near their base of operations in Salisbury Heights. Cupcakes Please are also willing to cater for personal and professional occasions. For the vegetarians and the health conscious, fear not, they bake vegan and gluten free cupcakes too.
As well as being a thriving new business, Cupcakes Please also play their part in the community by supporting charities such as the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation's silent auction. This year, you can also find them at the Carly Ryan Foundation, when they hold a "Cupcakes for Carly" day for charity.
Jumping on the food truck bandwagon, Cupcakes Please participates in events such as the Fringe Festival, the Good Food & Wine Show and the Adelaide Shores Caravan & Camping Show, as well as the monthly Fork on the Road food truck festivals.
The really cool thing about Cupcakes Please is that even if you are unable to get to the truck, you can get the truck to come to you. Just place an order, and they will deliver their freshly baked cupcakes to your doorstep. In addition, they cater to custom cupcake designs for the initiated and the creative.
Their individual cupcakes range from $3-$3.50 each, which includes banana, cherry, cookies and cream, and fondant. I went for the choc mint cupcake, partly because I was impressed by the level of detail and design of the mint cream, slightly drizzled with chocolate cream and topped with a chocolate candy. I almost didn't want to eat it, but in time, it was gone. The mint cream was sweet and smooth, and complements the cake below it pretty well. I am now officially a fan of cupcakes.
Choc mint cupcake at $3
They also have a range of cupcake themes, such as Corporate, Baby Shower, and Lover's Dozen, priced at $40. To really get your sweet cravings going, they can also take orders for cupcake towers and giant cupcakes at $60 and upwards.
Making their presence known among the food truck festivals, state-level events, and charity work, my guess is that the yellow polka-dotted truck is here to stay for a while. Catering for all kinds of whims and fancies, it seems that all we have to do is say please...