2 cupcake trucks for Bay Area: Cupkates Bakery and Kara's Cupcakes

Updated In our inbox two press releases landed right next to each other, both touting brand-new, about-to-launch cupcake trucks in the San Francisco Bay Area - love it!

Busy busy busy here so we're just posting the basic details from the press releases for now but hope that all you San Franciscans and Berkeley residents (ah, Berkeley, my alma mater!) can check them out. One is brand-new, Cupkates Bakery, and the other is an old standby with five other Bay Area locations, Kara's Cupcakes.

Since Cupkates Bakery has already launched and been selling in Berkeley, I think they have a valid claim to being the first. And I also think Berkeley and San Francisco are far enough away from each other (written by someone who was always afraid of getting stuck in SF and not being able to get home on BART) that there is more than enough room for two cupcake trucks in the Bay Area.

Cupkates Bakery (truck pictured above via their site, their logo says their name and "butter, sugar, eggs, flour") is fully in with the Web 2.0 shtick that it seems is now de rigeur for cupcake trucks (I love that there are so many now that things can be "de rigeur" for a cupcake truck). From their bio they emailed:

Cupkates is the very first mobile cupcake truck in the Bay Area. We roam around Berkeley and Oakland vending delicious cupcakes straight from the truck. (Yes, like a taco truck with cupcakes.) Our cupcakes are baked fresh daily using only the highest quality ingredients, including Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, Guittard chocolate, and Clover sweet cream butter and milk.

They are on Flickr and Twitter (@CupKatesTruck)), Tweeting things like this:

Here is their usual route, via their site, but make sure to follow them on Twitter for the latest:

And guess what kind of cupcakes they have? S'mores, my favorite! Sadly their photo I'd originally posted got removed from Flickr, but here's the description:

A gooey chocolate cake, sandwiched between a crunchy graham cracker crust bottom and hand-toasted marshmallow frosting.

And here's a photo of Kate (get it, CupKATE?) in the truck via Flickr:

And people lining up at the Caltopia launch:

Here's all their other flavors, and they also do custom orders - email kate at cupkatesbakrey.com for those:

Red Velvet $2.75/ea
Our signature cupcake. Buttermilk chocolate cake with a bright red hue, topped with whipped cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Cheesecake $2.75/ea
A delicate white cake filled with fresh strawberry preserves and topped with whipped cream cheese frosting. Served with fresh sliced strawberries and toasted almonds.

Twinkie cupcake photo via Flickr

The Twinkie $2.75/ea
Well, our version of a Twinkie. A vanilla cupcake filled with cream and topped with hand-toasted marshmallow frosting and coconut flakes.

Vanilla Vanilla $2.50/ea
A double dose of vanilla. Our moist, subtly sweet madagascar vanilla cake, topped with a vanilla bean buttercream frosting.

Double Chocolate $2.50/ea
For chocolate lovers. A rich chocolate cake, topped with chocolate buttercream frosting.

From Kara's Cupcakes, who you can also follow on Twitter (@Karascupcakes))

Kara’s Cupcakes, the Bay Area’s premier cupcake bakery, has announced immediate on-the-go indulgence with the rollout of Kara’s mobile cupcake van. The custom van holds up to 1,000 fresh cupcakes in Kara’s favorite flavors, including Sweet Vanilla, Chocolate Velvet, Fleur de Sel and Kara’s Karrot. On board beverages include Blue Bottle Iced Coffee.

The brand new aerodynamic Sprinter van continues to deliver upon Kara’s green promise, utilizing a next generation diesel engine and stocked with our compostable packaging and local organic products. Kara’s chocolate brown, signature stripes and cupcake logo adorn the van, with a serving window offering cupcakes for $3.00/each. The van is available for rental and the perfect choice for weddings, parties, corporate events, school functions and other on-site events in San Francisco and around the Bay Area.

To unveil its mobile offering, Kara’s Cupcakes will be participating in Oakland’s Real Food Festival August 29 and 30 beginning at 11 a.m. at Oakland’s Jack London Square. For more information on the Eat Real Festival, please visit http://www.eatrealfest.com. Customers will now be able to enjoy Kara’s Cupcakes anywhere in the Bay Area. Keep an eye out for the van around town.


Anonymous said…
Thought my fellow cupcake lovers would also like to know that SF has a 3rd cupcake truck - SweetRoll from Sweetface Bakery. I found them at the Eat Real Fest and apparently that was the truck's debut too. It's totally cute, and the strawberry chocolate cupcake was delish!