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wazowskiLOVER:)
04-29-2009, 12:39 AM
Hi guys!

I'm doing some research and I was hoping you could be a good source since all of you are fun loving and fantastic people :)

I've been talking with some people about selling cupcakes and want to make them easy and delicious. I also want them to be attainable to many people. We are thinking about having a mobile cupcake business and are thinking about having four different types of cake: red velvet, yellow, chocolate, and one specialty flavor of the week. We want to have three different frostings: vanilla butter cream, chocolate butter cream, cream cheese (and possibly one specialty flavor to go with the specialty of the week).

We would possibly be having standard cupcakes and mini ones (which I call babycakes ;) ).

Do you think you'd want to buy a cupcake if you saw a mobile truck selling cupcakes ?

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
04-29-2009, 09:18 AM
You are talking to a fat girl here, so cupcakes that come to ME can't be a bad thing.....:lmao:

Where are you thinking of basing your truck? Like, just driving up and down residential streets or are you thinking maybe more upscale? I think location would be your key. Near a college campus, nicer stores, or Jenny Craig locations might work! ;)

This seems like a really unique idea. Good luck to you!!

NStramler
04-29-2009, 09:36 AM
Not me. You might want to look at the Health Department codes about a business like this. I know that California has many rules and regs. In many school districts now you can not even take home made goodies for parties.

wazowskiLOVER:)
04-29-2009, 12:12 PM
You are talking to a fat girl here, so cupcakes that come to ME can't be a bad thing.....:lmao:

Where are you thinking of basing your truck? Like, just driving up and down residential streets or are you thinking maybe more upscale? I think location would be your key. Near a college campus, nicer stores, or Jenny Craig locations might work! ;)

This seems like a really unique idea. Good luck to you!!

I was definitely thinking of starting out by a local university ;)

Cupcakes are my life and we're just trying things out! Thanks for the feedback. What is your favorite cupcake?

Not me. You might want to look at the Health Department codes about a business like this. I know that California has many rules and regs. In many school districts now you can not even take home made goodies for parties.

Do you not like cupcakes? I understand the Health Codes and will be completely prepared for them, that is not an issue.

fairykin
04-29-2009, 12:33 PM
What a great idea, GirL! Selling at a university. That is reaLLy SmArT!

Maybe print up a bunch of flyers/cards.
with perhaps a discount on them.
Then take them to the sororites.

CupCaKeS are Kisses from Sweet BaBeY JeSuS!:cloud9:

lntsmom
04-29-2009, 12:34 PM
Sign me up for some amaretto flavored cupcakes with almond frosting...maybe some slivered almond on the top as garnish!

I'm not a buttercream type of person (I do cake decorating...just the smell of powdered sugar makes me shudder!) so usually I'd go with devil's food with ganache, but given the choice of that or amaretto, I'd go for the amaretto every time!

Just an idea...you might consider online marketing if you can figure out how to target where most of the students come from. I know parents would pay if you could figure out a way to deliver say, half a dozen cupcakes, to their students in the dorms on birthdays and special occasions.

LavenderPeach
04-29-2009, 01:59 PM
I love the babycakes idea! How cute!

How about some sort of pumpkin cupcake for halloween/Thanksgiving time? I have this awesome pumpkin cake recipe but I've never tried it as cupcakes. Adding the pureed pumpkin makes the cake really moist and yummy.

Also, have you thought about selling at farmer's markets or market nights? Our local market night has a couple of stands that sell breads and other baked goods.

pixiewings71
04-29-2009, 02:09 PM
So you're going to be like the ice cream truck, but instead you'll be the cupcake truck? lol I love it!!!! You are so creative!!! Seriously, I think you'll rock!

wazowskiLOVER:)
04-29-2009, 02:25 PM
What a great idea, GirL! Selling at a university. That is reaLLy SmArT!

Maybe print up a bunch of flyers/cards.
with perhaps a discount on them.
Then take them to the sororites.

CupCaKeS are Kisses from Sweet BaBeY JeSuS!:cloud9:

I was thinking about having the opportunity of having our services for sororities! Lord knows most girls LOVE cupcakes :) Thanks for the advice!

Sign me up for some amaretto flavored cupcakes with almond frosting...maybe some slivered almond on the top as garnish!

I'm not a buttercream type of person (I do cake decorating...just the smell of powdered sugar makes me shudder!) so usually I'd go with devil's food with ganache, but given the choice of that or amaretto, I'd go for the amaretto every time!

Just an idea...you might consider online marketing if you can figure out how to target where most of the students come from. I know parents would pay if you could figure out a way to deliver say, half a dozen cupcakes, to their students in the dorms on birthdays and special occasions.

Amaretto ? MMM. Sounds good to me! I love almond frosting as well!

That is a good idea for finding where most of the students come from. I know there was a business featured on the food network about some girls who started a cookie business in a dorm and sold them to students around campus and they made so much that they got profiled!

I love the babycakes idea! How cute!

How about some sort of pumpkin cupcake for halloween/Thanksgiving time? I have this awesome pumpkin cake recipe but I've never tried it as cupcakes. Adding the pureed pumpkin makes the cake really moist and yummy.

Also, have you thought about selling at farmer's markets or market nights? Our local market night has a couple of stands that sell breads and other baked goods.


MMM. Pumpkin! I was thinking of doing that for the autumn holidays with cream cheese frosting!

Local markets ? Thats a great idea!! I'm seriously jotting all these good ideas down!

So you're going to be like the ice cream truck, but instead you'll be the cupcake truck? lol I love it!!!! You are so creative!!! Seriously, I think you'll rock!

YESS. Exactly! Thanks Kerri! You rock too :)

bumbershoot
04-29-2009, 02:43 PM
I would recommend going for the "not hideously bad for you" marketing bit, by using REAL food.

So all natural vanilla without (bet you can guess what I'm goign to say) corn syrup or HFCS, real chocolate, real sugar. Nothing with weird chemicals, etc. And have your ingredient lists beautifully typed up and easy for people to access.

There's a cupcake place here in town that SAID they are all natural. We loved them. Then one day they had some caramel frosting. Well, I know caramel. So I asked them if they made it, what the ingredients are...and the counterperson brought out some 99 cent tub-of-"caramel flavored"-goo. First ingredient? High Fructose Corn Syrup.

We bought NOTHING that day, and haven't been back. They lost my trust.

So if you go the "all real" way, be trustworthy.

You would not believe how good the cupcakes were at this place, by the way. Real food is awesome.

fairykin
04-29-2009, 03:12 PM
I Love Caramel.

:yay:

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
04-29-2009, 03:25 PM
I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite, I don't think I've ever met a cupcake I haven't loved....:lovestruc But I am TOTALLY enthralled with the idea of your doing seasonal/holiday themes and flavors. I am a HUGE sucker for anything themed. Gee, I wonder if that is why I love Disneyland....??? :lmao:

blabbermouth
04-29-2009, 03:59 PM
Ahem, if you haven't guessed, I'm a cupcakeaholic. I'm not sure how I feel about the roving cupcake van... how do I know where to find your delcious cupcakes when I really want one? I really like the above person's idea of selling them at weekly markets etc. Cheaper than renting a store for sure, but somewhat more permanent. But a delivery component would be great too! I'm kinda far away, but if you need a taste-tester I'll pick some up on my way by in June, heehee!

pixiewings71
04-29-2009, 04:40 PM
Brainstorming names.....

Jas's Sweet Babycakes
Jas's Babycakes
Jas's Sweet Spot
Babycakes Galore

LOL :) I just wanted to say that pumpkin cupcakes, cakes, muffins, bread are always a hit!!! Especially with a cream cheese frosting. YUM, those Amaretto things w/Almond icing that lntsmom suggested...OMG, YUM!!!!!! I also wanted to echo Molly and say "use all natural ingredients" and try to develop some that are gluten free!!!! Because my BFF love love loves cupcakes but she has Celiac's so no gluten for her. Her wedding cake was soooooooooooooooooo $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ because she has to have a gluten free layer......

pixiewings71
04-29-2009, 04:41 PM
oh AND, if you need someone to help you with flavor ideas let me know. I'd love to help! :)

Kittyskyfish
04-29-2009, 04:59 PM
Sounds like a great idea! There is a local baker that supplies strictly for an independent, family-owned coffee shop. Sweets and coffee always go hand in hand! And I agree with making natural cupcakes with only real ingredients, no shortening or corn syrup. Fake ingredients are for chain grocery stores and WalMart. Not insulting, but you know the mass-produced taste - fine for the office but hardly a decadent treat.

Cream-filled cupcakes would be cool! Also, a coffee-based deep chocolate cake with a mocha-flavored buttercream frosting...mmmm!:love:

Stacerita
04-29-2009, 07:22 PM
CupCaKeS are Kisses from Sweet BaBeY JeSuS!:cloud9:

:rotfl2:


Im not sure I would buy them from a van though. If the van had a logo on it, the cupcakes were wrapped and sealed. If they are just sitting in a van that looks like its a regular van, that might ick me out. If its clean and professional looking, then I would probably buy.

Sherry E
04-29-2009, 07:35 PM
Mmmmm....lemon cupcakes!:goodvibes That would be good. Peppermint cupcakes at holiday time.... Yum. Places like Sprinkles (over here in Beverly Hills) are HUGELY popular, and the lines are crazy. They even deliver to your home, but the prices are lofty. Crumbs is also another (East Coast-based) cupcake company that has begun to ship nationwide. So there is a big demand for that type of thing. I live in an area of town where there are a lot of office buildings all lumped together up and down this main street, and lots of entertainment companies are here, with young, hip people and bored, tired business people. Some of them are totally into eating healthy and skipping things (like cupcakes) unless they are totally made of the purest ingredients, and the other half are junk food junkies - the thicker and richer the frosting, the better. I can tell you that at many of these buildings, there are often either trucks/carts outside on the sidewalk selling snacks to people on their lunch breaks OR there are lone women setting up shop (after business hours) in the lobbies with just a couple of simple baskets of baked goods like cookies, muffins and pieces of cakes and selling them. People buy it! They love that stuff. So it wouldn't take much to find a market for cupcakes. You just have to - as previously stated - package them and present them in such a way where it looks legitimate. Nothing fancy or overly official. I mean, really, this lady I have seen in the lobbies of some of the buildings here just sits there with her baskets and all her products are wrapped in cellophane or Saran wrap or whatever, and it doesn't look all that 'official,' but people still buy them anyway.

LavenderPeach
04-29-2009, 09:19 PM
Yeah, I was going to add something else along the lines of the last couple of posts. Please, please, please get a nicely designed logo and a nice way of displaying it on the truck and on whatever else you need it on. I'm a graphic designer (well, a non-practicing one at the moment) so maybe I'm more sensitive to these things but I know I totally judge a book by it's cover (or should I say judge a cupcake van by it's decor?). I think if you get a nice, simple, classy logo and a nice clean van and a cute way of packaging them that you will do well! I was trying to remember if you were a graphic designer too? I thought there was someone on here that said awhile back that they were a graphic desinger but I couldn't remember who. (sorry, bad memory i guess).

I also agree with playing up the "real ingredients" if you do that. I'll eat "fake" food too but if I saw food being sold that was advertised as being made with real ingredients I know it would get my attention because it just sounds like it would taste good.

Oh and Hi Sherry! Just wanted to say hello since we haven't crossed paths in awhile. :goodvibes

Sherry E
04-29-2009, 09:26 PM
Oh and Hi Sherry! Just wanted to say hello since we haven't crossed paths in awhile. :goodvibes


Hi, LavenderPeach!!!:goodvibes I know, I guess I either haven't been on as much this week or when I have been on recently, you didn't join in the thread. I have been in a few threads with Budgie lately, however - like the Earthquake topic was a fun one!!

pixiewings71
04-29-2009, 09:50 PM
As artsy as Jassy is you guys know she's going to have a killer logo made up!!!

Sherry, mmmmmmmm lemon cupcakes.....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lemon with a nice light white frosting on them....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Peppermint is cool too, with chocolate frosting...OMG, that would be soooooooo good!!!!!!

Sherry E
04-29-2009, 10:34 PM
As artsy as Jassy is you guys know she's going to have a killer logo made up!!!

Sherry, mmmmmmmm lemon cupcakes.....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lemon with a nice light white frosting on them....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Peppermint is cool too, with chocolate frosting...OMG, that would be soooooooo good!!!!!!

OR.....chocolate cupcakes with pink peppermint frosting!:goodvibes Yes, I think lemon with some nice white frosting would be good (or even lemon on lemon - lemon cake and lemon frosting)! Maybe a nice pink cupcake with fluffy strawberry frosting.... I don't like coconut, but many people do, so perhaps something tropical in theme with a little coconut flavor during the summer. Peach cake with peach frosting.... Jasmine, don't mind me while I plan your whole cupcake menu!!:lmao:

Jasmine will definitely come up with a creative design or logo, as well as a cool name. She is talented in that way where she can do all of that stuff that other folks pay people to do for them - which saves a lot of money!!

LavenderPeach
04-29-2009, 11:20 PM
Hi, LavenderPeach!!!:goodvibes I know, I guess I either haven't been on as much this week or when I have been on recently, you didn't join in the thread. I have been in a few threads with Budgie lately, however - like the Earthquake topic was a fun one!!

Yeah, I haven't had as much time to be on the boards lately. Sometimes I have time to read a few posts but I don't always have time to reply so I've been a bit of a lurker lately I guess. I did read some of the Earthquake thread which seems to have turned into the black hole thread. :rotfl:

OR.....chocolate cupcakes with pink peppermint frosting!:goodvibes

I like the idea of chocolate with pink frosting. Not only does it sound yummy but pink and brown seem to be a popular color combo these days so I think it would look really cool.

YellowMickeyPonchos
04-30-2009, 01:01 AM
If you do the Truck - get it painted a fun pink or aqua or color it something that has "retro kitchen" personality.

Then, put a display case in the truck. That way, you won't have to saran wrap the cupcakes - which ruins the cute frosting.

I think it's a fabulous idea and you guys would be awesome at this!

BecBennett
04-30-2009, 01:24 AM
I think it's a neat idea, but to be honest I wouldn't buy cupcakes from a truck... :confused3

However, I would whole heartedly support a cup cake delivery service :lovestruc

lntsmom
04-30-2009, 12:34 PM
I'm surprised by the number of folks who wouldn't buy cupcakes from a van! One of the best things about summer is the local farmer's markets. There is a baker who hauls his stuff up here...nothing is wrapped so, yes, you're taking the chance it's been touched or even had a fly on it...who sells out every Saturday! There are two ladies who make tamales. I'm sure neither has a legal kitchen...but those are the best tamales you're ever going to eat!

Once I bought a box of crackers from Kmart, and half way through the box found a cracker that had a rat hair baked through it! (And, yes, I do have personal experience with rats...thanks to having the fun of cleaning their cages daily one year at summer school, I'm very rat-savvy :rotfl:."

Since then I've come to realize that all the plastic in the world doesn't guarantee food safety. Give me a gal with a passion for cupcakes and her van and I'll be there. When you see the face behind the name there is a trust that exists.

Sherry E
04-30-2009, 12:46 PM
Yes, I honestly think people would buy the cupcakes from you, Jasmine, even if they had very little in the way of packaging. As I said, the lone ladies I have seen sitting in the lobbies of business buildings sell their baked goods with very informal packaging and people buy them. Now if you had a bunch of surly looking men selling them, it may be a different story, but I think people tend to trust women more so I think you would have business wherever you go.

Still brainstorming...So if you sold mini versions of all the regular-sized cupcakes, or made totally different flavors of the mini ones, you could do an all pink mini-cupcake (like cherry or strawberry or whatever) and call them 'Rosebud Babycakes.' A mini-lemon cupcake could be 'Lemon Drop Babycakes.' All white mini-cupcakes could be 'Babycake Pearls.'.... 'Babycake Gems.' 'Ruby Babycakes' or 'Babycake Rubies.' 'Cherry Blossom Babycakes.' 'Peach Blossom Babycakes.' 'Ginger Snap Babycakes'..... Endless possibilities!!

And then, of course, er....uh....you will probably want to 'test out the cupcakes' on random people to see what feedback you get, so I am sure some of us on the DIS would be willing Guinea pigs!!

pixiewings71
04-30-2009, 01:50 PM
OR.....chocolate cupcakes with pink peppermint frosting!:goodvibes Yes, I think lemon with some nice white frosting would be good (or even lemon on lemon - lemon cake and lemon frosting)! Maybe a nice pink cupcake with fluffy strawberry frosting.... I don't like coconut, but many people do, so perhaps something tropical in theme with a little coconut flavor during the summer. Peach cake with peach frosting.... Jasmine, don't mind me while I plan your whole cupcake menu!!:lmao:

Jasmine will definitely come up with a creative design or logo, as well as a cool name. She is talented in that way where she can do all of that stuff that other folks pay people to do for them - which saves a lot of money!!

Yes, I honestly think people would buy the cupcakes from you, Jasmine, even if they had very little in the way of packaging. As I said, the lone ladies I have seen sitting in the lobbies of business buildings sell their baked goods with very informal packaging and people buy them. Now if you had a bunch of surly looking men selling them, it may be a different story, but I think people tend to trust women more so I think you would have business wherever you go.

Still brainstorming...So if you sold mini versions of all the regular-sized cupcakes, or made totaly different flavors of the mini ones, you could do an all pink mini-cupcake (like cherry or strawberry or whatever) and call them 'Rosebud Babycakes.' A mini-lemon cupcake could be 'Lemon Drop Babycakes.' All white mini-cupcakes could be 'Babycake Pearls.' Endless possibilities!!

And then, of course, er....uh....you will probably want to 'test out the cupcakes' on random people to see what feedback you get, so I am sure some of us on the DIS would be willing Guinea pigs!!


mmmm pink peppermint icing....yummmmmmmmmm Man, I don't think Jasmine will have ANY problems making this work, not with all our idea! lol I'll be a guinea pig..... hehe

Teki
04-30-2009, 01:53 PM
Location would be key, if it was going up and down my neighborhood, probably not, if I saw it while shopping at an our door shopping center (in vegas we have several) yeah maybe or even on the strip here I would. Sounds like a unique idea best of luck to you!

Stacerita
04-30-2009, 02:35 PM
I'm surprised by the number of folks who wouldn't buy cupcakes from a van! One of the best things about summer is the local farmer's markets. There is a baker who hauls his stuff up here...nothing is wrapped so, yes, you're taking the chance it's been touched or even had a fly on it...who sells out every Saturday! There are two ladies who make tamales. I'm sure neither has a legal kitchen...but those are the best tamales you're ever going to eat!

Thats not normal for around this area. Not many farmer's markets to speak of.

LavenderPeach
04-30-2009, 05:28 PM
Thats not normal for around this area. Not many farmer's markets to speak of.

You don't have any kind of market night around there? It seems like every town tries to have a market night of some kind these days where they not only have produce but also baked goods, kettle corn, food (often various ethnic foods), and entertainment.

wazowskiLOVER:)
04-30-2009, 07:31 PM
Oh my goodness!

I've been swamped with design work for school and I come back to all these wonderful responses!!! Thats so awesome. Sooo it looks like the proposed idea is kind of iffy to my aunt who was going to get a bank loan for the idea. We'll see what happens though! I really want to do it because I've already designed a logo and everything (LavenderPeach ;))

I actually received a state-wide award for the whole concept so hopefully it pulls through because EVERYONE'S seemed to love it. I've even made t-shirts for some of my cousins and my sister in-laws with the logo on it ;)

here it is (ignore the little crosshair, its from the illustrator program):

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/jazzilla/Picture3.png

pixiewings71
04-30-2009, 09:12 PM
That is so cute!!! I hope you can make it happen!!! and I want a shirt! :)

LavenderPeach
04-30-2009, 09:44 PM
I love it! That is SO cute! Okay, now I can rest easy knowing there is some good design going on here. ;)

:cool1:

wazowskiLOVER:)
04-30-2009, 10:07 PM
That is so cute!!! I hope you can make it happen!!! and I want a shirt! :)

Thank you !! If it happens, you'll be on my list of people to give shirts to!

I love it! That is SO cute! Okay, now I can rest easy knowing there is some good design going on here. ;)

:cool1:

HAHA :) Thats good! Thank you !! I told them (my aunt and mom) that if we were to start the business I'd totally love to design the merch for the place ;) Hopefully its a go because I'd totally love to do it!

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
04-30-2009, 10:13 PM
You know, in this economy a cupcake is the perfect small, decadent indulgence that doesn't break the bank! I think you are a genius!! :yay:

Stacerita
04-30-2009, 11:06 PM
You don't have any kind of market night around there? It seems like every town tries to have a market night of some kind these days where they not only have produce but also baked goods, kettle corn, food (often various ethnic foods), and entertainment.

Nope. Don't have any of those. A few cities over they do a weekday afternoon thing.....mostly fresh fruit and veggies.

AmericanItGirl
04-30-2009, 11:35 PM
Last summer at the Alameda County Fair in NorCal, there was a truck selling cupcakes and mini-cupcakes. You got to pick what frosting and what toppings you wanted. It was such a cute idea that I'm surprised that no one had thought of it before (I am a closet cupcake fiend and therefore biased).

An idea for the cupcakes is to invest in some food coloring, gum paste, and small cookie cutters so that you can have gum paste decorations (like initials or cherries [for cherry-flavored cupcakes]) for topping the cupcakes. I know that from reading food blogs baked goods trucks do very well in NYC, so it's plausible that they'd do well in California.

pixiewings71
05-01-2009, 12:46 PM
Thank you !! If it happens, you'll be on my list of people to give shirts to!



HAHA :) Thats good! Thank you !! I told them (my aunt and mom) that if we were to start the business I'd totally love to design the merch for the place ;) Hopefully its a go because I'd totally love to do it!

Woo Hoooooo!!!!! I'm on the shirt list! I feel so special!!!! :)

zeitzeuge
05-01-2009, 02:03 PM
If a woman in Beverly Hills can open up a gourmet cupcake place called Sprinkles (http://www.sprinkles.com), selling cupcakes for $36 a dozen, I'm sure you can make a go from selling cupcakes. :) There's 6-7 stores now with another 10 on the way. We finally got a store here in Dallas now and going to check it out tomorrow.

There's money in cupcakes it seems.

Stacerita
05-01-2009, 03:51 PM
If a woman in Beverly Hills can open up a gourmet cupcake place called Sprinkles (http://www.sprinkles.com), selling cupcakes for $36 a dozen, I'm sure you can make a go from selling cupcakes. :) There's 6-7 stores now with another 10 on the way. We finally got a store here in Dallas now and going to check it out tomorrow.

There's money in cupcakes it seems.

There are many stores selling cupcakes now. A few of the ones we go to are "The Frosted Cupcakery" and "Charmed Cupcakes".

prettyprincessbelle
05-02-2009, 12:18 AM
So you're going to be like the ice cream truck, but instead you'll be the cupcake truck? lol I love it!!!! You are so creative!!! Seriously, I think you'll rock!

So then Jasmine will be the "cupcake lady" instead of the "ice cream man"! Wooo!! :banana:

You rock, Jasmine. I'd buy your mobile cupcakes!!!!!!! :thumbsup2 :hug:

LittleBlackRaincloud
05-02-2009, 12:34 AM
I love the logo. I love the 'babycakes' idea, so much so, that I think that's all you should do. Sort of like krystals. Sell your babycakes in groups. You could even do mini babycake 'cakes'. (You know those 'cakes' where they arrange the cupcakes to look like a bigger design.)

I like the idea, but am also one of the ones not sure about buying a cupcake out of a van. I've always been weirded out by ice cream trucks. They rank up there with clowns for me.

fairykin
05-03-2009, 08:33 AM
I just wanted to stop by to leave some more words of encouragement for You.
I am so *proud* of You for making your dream a reality. You have displayed immense courage in carrying it from a dream, to a concrete thought to a logo and soon to a marketable product. You have done what so very many people ponder, what if.

Remember your key demographic and why they are marketable for your product.

I love the design, it is so adorable. You might want to think of investing a little bit of money in marketing on college and university campuses. Oriental Trading Company has inexpensive totes that You could iron on your logo. I could see it easy on some of those inexpensive white panters caps! Just remember to reverse the image before printing it on your iron on paper.

Have you looked into copywriting your name and logo?

Keep up the good work and know that I'm sending you such positive energy, that just the right people will come across your path and provide encouragement and help in you achieving this.:wizard:

Dawn:goodvibes

wazowskiLOVER:)
05-03-2009, 11:29 AM
Last summer at the Alameda County Fair in NorCal, there was a truck selling cupcakes and mini-cupcakes. You got to pick what frosting and what toppings you wanted. It was such a cute idea that I'm surprised that no one had thought of it before (I am a closet cupcake fiend and therefore biased).

An idea for the cupcakes is to invest in some food coloring, gum paste, and small cookie cutters so that you can have gum paste decorations (like initials or cherries [for cherry-flavored cupcakes]) for topping the cupcakes. I know that from reading food blogs baked goods trucks do very well in NYC, so it's plausible that they'd do well in California.

I know what you mean about the gum paste decorations! I'm really big on making a cupcake dressier than just the average looking one ;) I think a cupcake truck will do well in CA. Lets hope my aunt is on board !!

You know, in this economy a cupcake is the perfect small, decadent indulgence that doesn't break the bank! I think you are a genius!! :yay:

Thats what I've been saying to everyone. Its less expensive to just buy a cupcake and people won't have to second guess buying one because its only a little bit of money ;)

If a woman in Beverly Hills can open up a gourmet cupcake place called Sprinkles (http://www.sprinkles.com), selling cupcakes for $36 a dozen, I'm sure you can make a go from selling cupcakes. :) There's 6-7 stores now with another 10 on the way. We finally got a store here in Dallas now and going to check it out tomorrow.

There's money in cupcakes it seems.

I've heard of Sprinkles. There's one by Stanford University and I'm about 30 minutes away from there and have wanted to try it out. Let me know what you think about the place !

So then Jasmine will be the "cupcake lady" instead of the "ice cream man"! Wooo!! :banana:

You rock, Jasmine. I'd buy your mobile cupcakes!!!!!!! :thumbsup2 :hug:

I'd loooove to be called the cupcake lady !!! HAHA thanks Courtney ;)

I love the logo. I love the 'babycakes' idea, so much so, that I think that's all you should do. Sort of like krystals. Sell your babycakes in groups. You could even do mini babycake 'cakes'. (You know those 'cakes' where they arrange the cupcakes to look like a bigger design.)

I like the idea, but am also one of the ones not sure about buying a cupcake out of a van. I've always been weirded out by ice cream trucks. They rank up there with clowns for me.

I've been baking mini babycakes for years and everyone loves them. I was going to definitely offer those and sell in dozens and half dozens as well. My co-workers have always called them cupcake shots because you can eat 'em in one bite!

I just wanted to stop by to leave some more words of encouragement for You.
I am so *proud* of You for making your dream a reality. You have displayed immense courage in carrying it from a dream, to a concrete thought to a logo and soon to a marketable product. You have done what so very many people ponder, what if.

Remember your key demographic and why they are marketable for your product.

I love the design, it is so adorable. You might want to think of investing a little bit of money in marketing on college and university campuses. Oriental Trading Company has inexpensive totes that You could iron on your logo. I could see it easy on some of those inexpensive white panters caps! Just remember to reverse the image before printing it on your iron on paper.

Have you looked into copywriting your name and logo?

Keep up the good work and know that I'm sending you such positive energy, that just the right people will come across your path and provide encouragement and help in you achieving this.:wizard:

Dawn:goodvibes


Thank you soo much for all the positive energy and great advice. I would soo love to bake and sell merchandise. My dream is to eventually have enough money to have the truck & sell merch online like johnny cupcakes (http://www.johnnycupcakes.com/browse/all). That would make my day!