Welcome to Cupcake Monday! Last week we reviewed the one and only Pamcakes located in Rittenhouse Square. This week we’re taking a look at the Sweetbox Truck. The Sweetbox Truck is a mobile gourmet cupcake truck in Philadelphia specializing in premium ingredient cupcakes. They are in Love Park every Tuesday from 11am to 3pm and in University City and Drexel Thursdays or Fridays (it’s usually TBA). You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see where they will be next!
I don’t work very far from Love Park so I figured I’d take a walk down there to try out some cupcakes. There is a menu on their facebook page that is quite impressive, but I was sad to find out that they only carry about 5 or 6 any given day. Their prices are very reasonable ~ $2.50 per for the “Everyday” cupcakes (Red Velvet, Vanilla 2 and Chocolate Vanilla) and then some specials are $2.50 and some are $2.75.
The flavors that were available the day that I went were Red Velvet, Chocolate Natural Peanut Butter, Vanilla2, Chocolate Raspberry, classic Chocolate Vanilla and Cookies n Cream. I picked out three flavors to try.
First up – Vanilla 2 – Classic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Cupcake with a Sweet Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
This Vanilla Cupcake was pretty moist and had a lot of flavor. The buttercream was sweet and it was definitely plentiful, which is always good in my book. I felt like it had a bit of a cream cheese tang to it, but I’m not sure if that was just my taste buds playing tricks on me or not.
Overall, it was a good cupcake that tasted good. It’s one of those safe cupcakes, if you know what I mean. It definitely gets extra points because of the amount of icing!
I wanted to try a cupcake that was different than my normal list of flavors that I try. So I figured I’d go for the Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Buttercream. It’s kind of funny because growing up my Aunt would occasionally make a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting for someone’s birthday. I would always get upset because to me that is not real birthday cake. Real birthday cake is vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream icing on it – not that whippy fake icing that you can find on some grocery store cakes! So I had to chuckle when I saw this cupcake flavor and I knew that I had to try it for my Aunt (R.I.P.).
The chocolate cake was soft and moist, and it had a nice flavor to it. The icing was light and fluffy. I felt that the icing could have had a stronger peanut butter flavor, but maybe she didn’t want to go overboard. I thought that the chocolate chips gave it a very nice touch.
Last – Cookies n Cream – Ghirardelli Chocolate Cupcake with a Cookies and Cream Vanilla Buttercream topped with a Mini Oreo
As you already know, I’m a huge Cookies n Cream fan so that cupcake will make my list whenever it’s available. I don’t know what it is, but I absolutely love the flavor. Whenever I get a milkshake anywhere, it’s got to be cookies n cream. Have you ever had cookies n cream fudge?! It’s to die for. (look at the picture here) So when I saw it on the menu at Love Park, I knew I had to get it. The cupcake was the same as the other chocolate one that I had – it was soft and moist and it had a great flavor to it. The buttercream was very good and it worked very well together with the chocolate cupcake. Out of the three buttercreams, the cookies n cream buttercream was my favorite. It had the perfect sweetness and it just worked.
So the verdict is the cupcakes were good. Not the best that I’ve had, but they were a close second! There is definitely a lot of potential - I think the biggest drawback is the small number of cupcakes available on a daily basis. But I understand that they are a mobile truck and they don’t have as much storage, etc. I would say they come 2nd runner up in the Cupcake Monday competition so far. Pamcakes is on top, with Sweetbox Truck being second, Brown Betty being third, and Tartes is in last place.