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Longtime Wichita bakery going mobile with sweet treat truck

Cameo Cakes owners Rick and Vickie Prather just finished their food truck, called Street Sweets by Cameo Cakes. It operates out of an old airport shuttle bus.
Cameo Cakes owners Rick and Vickie Prather just finished their food truck, called Street Sweets by Cameo Cakes. It operates out of an old airport shuttle bus.

A longtime Wichita bakery is going mobile and has turned an old airport shuttle bus into a sweet new food truck.

Cameo Cakes owner Rick Prather recently completed the conversion of the bus and will call his mobile business Street Sweets by Cameo Cakes. He plans to take it to community events and food truck rallies around the city.

It’ll make its Wichita debut at a food truck rally scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet Middle School, 207 S. Sheridan. Several trucks will be serving as part of an event designed to raise money to send the school’s choir to Carnegie Hall.

Prather said he plans to serve cupcakes, cake balls, fudge and cookies out of the truck, which is fitted with ovens and refrigerators so he can bake on site. He’s also planning to serve 8x8 cakes to-go plus items like brownie sundaes.

Prather’s mother, Elaine Wallace, started Cameo Cakes 50 years ago out of a converted garage in the back of her house. It grew into a business with several locations around town but now operates out of the Indian Hills shopping Center at 2403 W. 13th St.

She’s passed operation of the business over to her son, Rick, and his wife, Vicki, but she still keeps an eye on the place, Rick said with a laugh.

“She bee bops in on occasion and will come through and say, ‘If it were me, I’d do that,’” he said.

She loves the idea of the truck,

Fans of mobile sweets can find out where the Street Sweets truck will be parked next by following the Cameo Cakes Facebook page.

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