“Why go to the cupcake, when the cupcake can come to you?”
I first discovered 3 Girls Cupcakes through a blog I tumbled across. Instantly, I became intrigued. So, I ventured to their website, where I learned that they are Kansas City’s first mobile cupcakery.
A mobile cupcakery? I didn’t know there was such a thing. I like what I’m reading, so I continue on. Next, I see that 3 Girls Cupcakes is a van that roams Kansas City’s central corridor during the lunchtime hours. They come out with daily “cruise” schedule to inform customers of their whereabouts. Then, at the designated times, the van shows up and the people walk up to order their afternoon treat. By this point, I couldn’t sit still, I had to try their cupcakes!
The very next day, I wrote down their entire cruise schedule, watched the clock like a hawk, and headed out to find the van during lunch. I first drove by a stop location at Grand and Pershing. As I was pulling up, looking for parking spots while keeping my eyes peeled for the van, I finally see the van as it was closing up shop.
I slow my car to a steady pace, position my rearview mirror on the van, and creep towards the next stop on the list, 17th and Main. By now, I’m giggling like a little school girl. This was the point I realized that I just crossed the line from being a “curious bystander” to “stalker”! After circling the block, I park a few cars behind the van. Once I see the awning open, I casually get out of my car and make my way to the window.
I get to chatting with the owner, hearing all about her cupcakes and how she got started. I review her menu and immediately pick out a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream.
The cake was very light, tasty, and fit perfectly with the flavors of the frosting. It was the right consistency, not dense but still full of flavor. I could immediately tell that this is a “made-from-scratch” cake unlike any other that I have tasted.
The frosting was so light, so creamy with a perfect balance of vanilla. I could taste butter that made it a buttercream frosting, but didn’t feel that I was eating a stick of vanilla flavored butter. Again, the frosting and cake were perfect compliments to each other.
The vanilla frosting was neatly decorated on top of the cake, with a dollop of chocolate frosting on top. And this was no small cake either! It was definitely a jumbo size cupcake. All of the individual cupcakes came in white paper lunch bags. This is where it got tricky… I had to be very careful transporting the cupcake back. One false move, and bam—it’s gone. One cute thing was the note stamped on the bag… “So, guess what’s inside… 1 cupcake!” That made me smile.
This cupcake was the epitome of what I believe cupcakes should taste like. One bite, and I fell in love. Also, the concept of the mobile cupcakery is just too much fun! I do believe that half of my fun and intrigue was the fact you can only get them at certain locations, certain times, and certain days. I felt that I had to work for my cupcake!
However, their concept and livelihood is in part a downfall. Unless you work or live right next to the locations it stops at, or have a flexible lunch schedule, the van is easy to miss.
All in all, these cupcakes are worth a midday trip to downtown Kansas City. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!