Craving cupcakes? Seek a tiny trailer in Falmouth

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 4:31 p.m.
Anna Turcotte welcomes customers to Love Cupcakes, a business she operates out of a tiny trailer on Route 1 in Falmouth.
Anna Turcotte welcomes customers to Love Cupcakes, a business she operates out of a tiny trailer on Route 1 in Falmouth. Buy Photo
A customer photographs her cupcake before indulging in the sweet dessert.
A customer photographs her cupcake before indulging in the sweet dessert. Buy Photo
Rainbow sprinkles top off a chocolate cupcake.
Rainbow sprinkles top off a chocolate cupcake. Buy Photo
The menu on Love Cupcakes' chalkboard changes daily. In addition to the staples, vanilla and chocolate, the food truck sometimes offers cakes that range from carrot to strawberry, and frostings that include peanut butter and watermelon.
The menu on Love Cupcakes' chalkboard changes daily. In addition to the staples, vanilla and chocolate, the food truck sometimes offers cakes that range from carrot to strawberry, and frostings that include peanut butter and watermelon. Buy Photo
A bird sculpture, part of the colorful and whimsical theme of Love Cupcakes,  welcomes customers to the food truck.
A bird sculpture, part of the colorful and whimsical theme of Love Cupcakes, welcomes customers to the food truck. Buy Photo
Cupcake curtains made by the owner's grandmother add to the ambience inside the Love Cupcakes trailer.
Cupcake curtains made by the owner's grandmother add to the ambience inside the Love Cupcakes trailer. Buy Photo
An assortment of cupcakes is available, always custom-frosted with each order.  Whipped cream filling is added at no extra charge.
An assortment of cupcakes is available, always custom-frosted with each order. Whipped cream filling is added at no extra charge. Buy Photo
Madeline Fuller, 11, of Brandon, Vt., takes her first bite of a strawberry-frosted cupcake.
Madeline Fuller, 11, of Brandon, Vt., takes her first bite of a strawberry-frosted cupcake. Buy Photo

FALMOUTH, Maine — First the colorful little trailer catches your eye. Then you spot the chalkboard with a big cupcake drawn on it. The next thing you know you’re making a U-turn.

It seems most of Love Cupcakes’ customers pass by the first time before returning to the parking lot where Anna Turcotte and her husband, Joey, have set up shop. The cute trailer and its whimsical decorations attract the customers. The first bite of the gourmet dessert brings them back for more.

The couple bought the 1960s-era trailer a year ago and spent two months renovating it. Anna’s grandmother contributed a set of cupcake-theme curtains.

Their plans for the business were nearly abandoned because of ordinances that had forbid food trucks in Portland, where they live — those laws were recently changed; food trucks are now allowed, albeit with strict regulations. So the Turcottes and a business partner bake the cakes in Portland and sell them about a mile north of the city, next to Foreside Antiques on Route 1.

Most weeks they operate Wednesday through Saturday in the afternoon, until they sell out of their supply.

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