"I guess this is like having the biggest bakesale of my life," says Lisa Moyer, the owner of Scout's Treat Truck. There's a fine mist falling, but that hasn't kept folks from lining up in the Nora Plaza parking lot to get the cupcakes, brownies and other assorted sweets the Scout's truck has to offer. In fact, Moyer has already had to make two trips back to the kitchen space she uses at Smee's at 86th and Ditch to replenish her supplies.
Inspired by her great-great-great Aunt Pippa Scout and some of her recipes, Moyer launched her treat truck just two months ago, after taking a year and a half to develop her business plan. Now, she says, "It's going gangbusters."
It's easy to see why. We ordered a jumbo Red Velvet Cupcake with a generous dollop of cream cheese icing ($5), a standard-size Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcake ($3), a Dark Chocolate Brownie sprinkled with sea salt ($3) and a Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Ball ($2). Everything was scrumptious.
Moyer says her aim is to provide the best red velvet cupcake in town — she may have pulled it off. This one is moist and rich and loaded with dark chocolate chips. Incredibly, it also manages to restrain the sweetness, so what you get is, as the name implies, pure velvety flavor.
The same held true for the chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing. The peanut butter topping was salty but not cloying, and the chocolate cake was dark and sophisticated.
As for the brownie, it was a dark chocolate lover's pleasure punch, devilishly dark and besotted with semi-sweet chips. The sea salt kept the sweetness quotient from going over the top.
As for the ice cream ball, which came tucked in its own little thermal pouch, well, it was vanilla, all right. Not much more to say about that.
The Scout's truck has had a nice tag-team going with the New York Slice pizza truck, often parking nearby so that diners can follow their lunchtime pizza with an upscale dessert. Scout's also provides late afternoon sugar buzzes at office blocks around town as well as late night visits to college campuses to polish student sweet tooths.
Scout's offerings are subject to change on a daily basis; Moyer tries to include at least one vegan item in every lineup and is also developing some gluten-free treats. Things are going so well, she's begun making plans for a sister truck, one that she says will have "a box of something inside. Stay tuned."
"I've never worked harder in my whole life," says Moyer. "But I've never had more fun. Never."