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post #16 of 38
Here's the one we have here in Toronto. It is very cutesy.

http://cupcakediner.ca/
post #17 of 38
Oh, pretty!! She doesn't bake there, of course. I see that she has a separate location, too.

I think the good thing about having the kitchen in the truck is that you don't have to rent a commercial kitchen (in the case of the OP). But I really wouldn't know how that works in CA...or around here, anyway.

I know about Holy Cacao in Austin, TX, for cake pops. I saw them on the Food Network.

http://www.theholycacao.com/photo-gallery/

It's an epidemic. lol
post #18 of 38
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this is all great icon_smile.gif it really inspires me! i would love to have the truck with the oven inside..thinking maybe more of a dessert/breakfast type. sweets and breakfast foods in the morning...have coffe juice and water..then maybe a desserts in the later afternoons? not too sure yet. it would definately been in the future as i do not have the money to get things started :'(
but i am very serious about doing it
post #19 of 38
Check your local craigslist. There are always trucks listed in my area for sale - some of them have been ridiculously cheap. In the Business for Sale section, search for the words concession, taco, lunch & catering (separately) and see what comes up.
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post #20 of 38
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thank you! i will do that soon for sure icon_smile.gif
post #21 of 38
another thing to think about is that even if you bake in the truck, you usually will still have to have a commercial commissary kitchen where you prep and store. Because mobile trucks turn off at some point, there is a need for proper refrigeration when the truck isn't in use.
post #22 of 38
I work for a cupcake truck here in CA. We bake and frost all of our cupcakes in a commercial kitchen. Then we just load up the cupcakes and take them to sell on the truck. Food trucks are so hot right now in this area, that they all do really great business. And I've heard cheaper to have a food truck then to have an actual storefront.
post #23 of 38
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jenbug_8806

how would i start the process of havinig a cupcake truck?
post #24 of 38
Cupcake trucks are cute! We have several here in Austin.
Keep in mind the fuel costs when you're creating your business plan. I did the books for a food truck and the fuel cost for them was equivalent to 20% of what they spent on product!
post #25 of 38
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Originally Posted by betty88

jenbug_8806

how would i start the process of havinig a cupcake truck?



Write a business plan, set up your business to comply with all rules and regs, find a commercial kitchen, purchase and outfit a truck, refine your recipes for quantity production, hire employees, cross your fingers and hope it all works... For details, read several of the business books currently available.

Good luck and keep us updated!

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post #26 of 38
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thank you all icon_biggrin.gif
post #27 of 38
betty88 - When we look at the entire process, it can seem daunting. But if you have enough capital and the will to persevere, just take it step-by-step. Do one small part and then another. Eventually you'll have that truck.... In the meantime, have you thought about working for one of these businesses? That experience would help you not only learn some of the steps but also help you decide if it's what you really want.

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post #28 of 38
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

There is a ton of overhead involved in this (buy the truck, staff it, get a permit for the truck, get a permit for the commercial kitchen, pay for commercial kitchen rent, etc.) so make sure you have an airtight business plan.



I was thinking about the food trucks but when I did some research I also found you need all if those things so it is cost prohibited for me at the moment. icon_sad.gif
post #29 of 38
I have been researching this over the past year ... There is no way you can mix, bake, cool, decorated and store enough cupcakes on a food truck to make any money. You need to have a separate location to do all that, load your truck and go sell them ... besides a nice hot cookie out of the oven is not that same as a hot cupcake, hot cookies don't need to cool that much, don't need to be decorated and the dough can be stored in a cooler and baked on location, you just can't do that with cupcake batter.

As for the truck itself, you can get something as small as a Dodge Sprinter and have it customized for around $30K, you really don't need to invest in a huge truck unless you are going to offer other types of dessert and do some baking in the truck.

I agree with Jason, unless you have a business plan, know your area you plan to market in and have a partner to help with everything, don't waste your time or money. The best place to test your product & market is at a local farmer's market or holiday markets. Good Luck and we hope to see you on the street some day icon_biggrin.gif
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post #30 of 38
On a recent visit to Chicago - I came across a very long line around one downtown block - when I got closer I discovered a van parked on the side of the road with a "window" open - selling cupcakes - I couldn't resist. I waited and discovered the van was filled with racks and racks of cupcakes. She had already sold out of several flavors. She was even set up to take credit cards. Cupcakes were not baked in this van. Check out: Flirtycupcakes.com

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