I have a general rule that if I see a Food Truck I have to cross the road to try it out and even if totally stuffed from eating elsewhere I just cannot resist one. On Tuesday I was heading across to pick up the Brown Line in the loop when I saw the Cupcakes for Courage Food Truck at the foot of the steps leading up to the Quincy CTA Station platform. I didn’t really look for traffic, maybe there should be a warning sign “Beware of drooling cake eater’s crossing”
This was my first encounter with this particular truck, apparantly it is here every Tuesday, When I got there just before rush hour home time they had three flavours left. The Salted Caramel, a Spicy Sriracha one, and a Vanilla on Vanilla Bean. Although I was tempted to try the Sriracha one, I was more tempted by the Salted caramel. Now having checked out their website http://cupcakesforcourage.com/flavors.html I kind of wished I had tried the Spicy Sriracha turtle. It is described there as “A spicy & savory take on our Turtle cupcake that got us to the final round of Food Network Cupcake Wars! Mesquite chocolate cake filled and topped with smoked caramel, dunked in pecans candied with a spicy syrup, and topped with our homemade fudge frosting.”
That sounds really intriguing, perhaps next week if I am lucky enough to catch them. But as I said I got the Salted Caramel one this time.
So anyways, I grabbed my cake, took a few photo’s and ran up the steps to jump onto the Brown Line towards Kimble. Once unwrapped, it pretty much saw about as much home life as it took to photograph it, it never even saw a plate, and I think it might have just about touched the sides of my throat I as I munched it down waiting for the kettle to boil for my tea.
As you can see this cupcake got slightly squashed on the way back as I was jostled in the rush hour El train crowds, but it was still delicious. This was a salted caramel cupcake, a Vanilla bean cake, very moist and soft to eat, filled with homemade salted caramel sauce and topped with sweet caramel buttercream. Then drizzled with a touch more salted caramel sauce and sprinkled with smoked sea salt. It was really really good, I loved the contrast of the saltiness with the sweet caramel.
I also totally love their website, it gives you their background, their story and you can click on each cake to see a picture and a mouth watering description (which you can pinch to make your memorised description more accurate 🙂 ), to top that as well they have a blog which gives a little insight into the history of getting their truck on the road. It makes interesting reading. You can also folllow them on Twitter and Facebook.