Truck Stop: Wonderland Cakes

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What to eat: Cupcakes? Pshaw! Wonderland Cakes offers "cake shots," an unusual, delicious alternative. These perfect parfaits come in a plastic tumbler with a spoon - layers of cake, mousse, syrup, frosting, fruit, preserves, liqueurs and even surprises like breakfast cereal and candy.

Their best shots: When we visited, the cake shots on the menu were Apple Spice Seductress, Peanut Butter Bombshell and Pumpkin Pinup. All tasted and looked as lovely as they sound.

Makin' whoopie: Yes, Wonderland bakers also make jumbo whoopie pies. We had a "pumpkin chocolate cutie" that would make the best Amish bakers swoon. Also in rotation: homemade fudge, tarts, pies, mini cheesecakes and dessert bars.

Art-school buddies: Business partners Klaudia Rodzen, 28, a Trenton native who now lives in South Jersey, and Nicole Mazzoni, 22, of Mayfair, met on their first day at the Art Institute of Philadelphia's pastry arts program. At school, both won excellence awards for design and creativity. They created Wonderland Cakes about two years ago, focusing on unique, "always hand-painted and stencil-free" special-occasion cakes. They launched their food truck last May.

Punk edge: Neither loved the soft, frilly style seen in so many bakery cases today. They appeal more to nontraditional customers and celebrations. "Our artistic style is retro pinup with a little bit of a punky edge, because that's who Nicole and I are as people," Rodzen said. "For someone who is a horror fan, say, we'd like to make them the scariest cake possible." Their dream is to be on the Food Network and produce a recipe book.

Best-sellers: The Peanut Butter Bombshell (chocolate cake, fudge, peanut butter buttercream), Va Va Voom Velvet (red-velvet cake with cream cheese frosting) and seasonal flavors like Apple Spice Seductress (with apples sauteed in bourbon).

Boozy Balls: Rodzen describes these as "a marriage between a cake ball and a truffle." One popular BB flavor is Irish Car Bomb Babe (chocolate cake soaked in Jameson, Baileys and Kahlua and dipped in chocolate).

Prices: $4 for cake shots and whoopie pies; $3 for a generous slab of fudge; $1 per Boozy Ball.

Where to find them: We visited Wonderland Cakes at the Navy Yard, but the truck also frequents festivals and popular food-truck hangouts like 33rd and Arch and LOVE Park. Check their website for locations daily.

Social stuff: wonderlandcakesphilly.com; @w0nderlandcakes on Twitter and Instagram.

 


The Daily News explores the area's mobile deliciousness every other Thursday. This week's report is by staff writers Dana DiFilippo and David Gambacorta.