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Wichita’s latest food truck serves cupcakes

08/27/2014 1:42 PM

08/27/2014 2:03 PM

When she was a young girl, Anna Hastings’ father had a brain tumor that changed his whole personality.

But Hastings learned that if he had dessert, he always seemed happier.

“I was 10 when I started baking, and I did it so that when my dad got home, he’d be happy,” she said. “Then, I honed the skill.”

Hastings’ father, a farmer in Iowa, survived the tumor. And Hastings is still baking.

On Sunday, she’ll debut her new cupcake food truck called Brown Box Bakery at the monthly Food Trucks at the Fountain event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the fountain at the WaterWalk, 515 S. Main.

Hastings and her husband, Caleb, who moved to Wichita two years ago so he could take a job as a pastor, bough an old FedEx van, which they have converted into a food truck. Hastings will start off at events, including Zoobilee at the Sedgwick County Zoo on Sept. 6 the Red Barn Outdoor Market on Sept. 27.

Her goal after that is to start hitting the street, food truck style, parking at various places around town to serve her baked goods. Because she’s the only food truck in town that serves exclusively dessert, she said, she may partner up with other trucks. She also takes orders for baked goods.

Hastings specializes in filled cupcakes, and on Sunday, she’ll be serving cream cheese stuffed red velvet cupcakes, raspberry filled chocolate cupcakes and chocolate-filled vanilla cupcakes. They’re $3 apiece or four for $10 and six for $15.

To keep up with the trucks whereabouts or to order cupcakes, visit the Brown Box Bakery Facebook page.

About Denise Neil

Denise has been an Eagle reporter since 1997. She writes about pop culture on Sundays, reviews restaurants on Fridays and blogs at Dining with Denise. Previously, she worked for the Chattanooga Times and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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