Concession Obsession: Cupcakes
If you’re a regular reader of drivingandining, you know that I’ve decided to feature some of the tasty (and sometimes surprising) foods you can buy from concession trailers, carts, food trucks, or counters. If this is your first visit, welcome! Check out some of my other concession obsessions: the hot dog cart, the corn dog, funnel cakes, and others.
My obsession with cupcakes started in last week’s Cupcake Collection, when I started thinking about all of the different kinds of cupcakes out there. I mentioned that it seemed like there are cupcake trucks driving around most major cities and cupcake concessions at many outdoor events – it’s a case of cupcake craziness!
Patty Patty Cake
In Australia cupcakes are called cup cakes or patty cakes, in England they are called fairy cakes. Amelia Simms’ American Cookery (1796) contains the first documented recipe that instructs the baker to bake the cake in small cups. The earliest use of the term cupcake found is in a recipe book from the early 1800′s. (You can buy a print of the ad below at vintagevenus.com.)
Originally cupcakes were baked in individual cups made out of heavy pottery similar to today’s ramekins. The image below is from sweetnapa.com – visit the site for other tasty recipes.
Now that cupcake or muffin pans are used, the little cakes have become the perfect single serving dessert.
Cupcakes baked inside liners come out of the oven already packaged and ready to hit the road- convenient for commuters or attendees at outdoor events – cupcakes don’t mess up their hands and allow them to get them “to go.”
via Jim Carlucci on Flickr
This is my favorite cupcake truck so far (above), thanks to thecupcakeblog.com.
If you find the idea of a lasagna cupcake or meatloaf cupcake interesting, you will definitely want to check out their dinner cupcakes category.This is my favorite cupcake truck spotted so far, thanks to thecupcakeblog.com. If you find the idea of a lasagna cupcake or meatloaf cupcake interesting, you will definitely want to check out their dinner cupcakes category.
The Cupcake Stop, New York City’s first mobile cupcake shop, was started by a young entrepreneur who cooked up a sweet solution to a sour job market when he couldn’t find work after he graduated from law school. Also in New York, Cake and Shake concession stands park outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Washington Square.
This Denver Cupcake Truck looks like a retro ice cream truck. They’ve been having some problems with the city due to zoning issues but it looks like they will be back on the road by February thanks to some new coverage and a petition.