When it comes to food trucks, I do my best not to compare them to other trucks; each has its own style, even when serving the same types of food. This is especially true with the cupcake trucks, of which there are six across DFW (Trailercakes, Cup-cakin, Red Jett Sweets, Auntie Am's, Humingbird Bakery, and My Cupcake Garden).
Six different recipes, six different styles of frosting and six different ways of making themselves unique. I was looking forward to seeing how Dallas' newest cupcake truck, My Cupcake Garden set itself apart.
On the day of my first visit to the truck, I had an afternoon meeting at the office, so I decided to order a dozen to share with co-workers, on the condition that they help me with feedback. I placed my order and was given the total of $48 plus tax! Wow! It was then that I realized that each cupcake was $4, a higher price than any other cupcake truck, and there was no discount for purchasing by the dozen. This was going to be a hard one to not compare, when I was used to paying about $1 less per cupcake.
I got back to the office, went to my meeting and we broke out the cupcakes. The first thing you notice is they are larger than cupcakes from other trucks. With an assortment of five flavors, we split things up and started our meeting. Here's a sampling of feedback I got after the meeting:
Peanut Butter Cocoa Chips with Peanut Frosting: Liked the chopped nuts inside, the chocolate chips were a nice surprise. Had more of a muffin texture than cake texture, meaning that it was dry.
Strawberry with Strawberry Frosting: The frosting made the cupcake, it was light and flavorful. Not a lot of flavor in the cake.
Cookies and cream: All the flavor was in the frosting, but it was too sweet. Cake was dry and bland.
Orange with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. Flavorful icing, cake was light but on the dry side. Texture was more like a muffin; this would be good for breakfast.
Key lime: Icing had a greasy taste. Cake only had faint lime taste.
Overall, not the response I had hoped for. So, as is my practice before telling you about new trucks that may be having an off-day, I visited the truck again about three weeks later. As I was studying the menu, the truck owner recommended her favorite, the red velvet, which I ordered, along with a carrot cake.
The red velvet had the best frosting of any of My Cupcake Garden's cakes. Again, I found the cake to be drier than what I prefer. I do love the individual cupcake holders that My Cupcake Garden provides. Very easy to transport your cupcakes in!
The carrot cake was the most flavorful cake of their cakes. It was moister and had large raisins and thin slices of carrots baked in. Unfortunately, I found this frosting to have an oily taste.
All in all, I did not feel like I got my $4 worth from any of the cupcakes. Most were much drier and lighter in flavor than I prefer. The icing was inconsistent in taste; on some cakes it was great, on some it was greasy and not very good. I am hoping that as the truck evolves and refines its technique, things become more consistent and the owners find a way to drop their price point. If you are going to have the highest price point, you have to prove your worth by having the best product.