Please help us get the equipment and make the repairs we need to make Hungry Heart Desserts come alive! Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 22, 2013.
About this project
How it all started:
Ever since I was little, I was intrigued by baking. I would stand on a step stool and struggle to see onto the counter while my grandmother baked wedding cakes for her friends and neighbors. My mother baked cookies from scratch and it was always exciting to help her weigh out the ingredients and watch the dough come together. From there, my intrigue turned to a desire to learn, which became a great passion for baking. I started baking for friends and family and before I knew it, they were referring their friends to me. The drive to bake for as many people as I could was born.
I saved my pennies for 4 years to buy "Chomps"--my love-able, purple cupcake truck which was built entirely by my father and I from a bare shell. From electrical to plumbing to mechanical...the build out of the truck was a crazy adventure that consisted of a lot of all-nighters, as well as countless trips to the hardware/auto parts store. After the completion of "Chomps" I packed him up with what little kitchen equipment I owned, along with my personal belongings and hauled it to Portland.
For the last 3 years in my new home, I have been using quality, local ingredients to create unique and interesting cupcakes for Portlanders. In this time I've made amazing friends, gained the support of loyal and encouraging fans, and continued to learn from all of the amazing talent that exists here in the Pacific Northwest.
So, why did I build out this truck and relocate my life to do this? It's an easy question that can be answered with one simple quote:
"The love for food is the sincerest form of love"
The opportunity to share that love with those around me fills my heart with such an incredible amount of joy. There is nothing more wonderful and satisfying in this world for me than watching someone take a bite of something I've made with my own hands, from the heart and truly enjoy it.
I strive to use only the best quality, local, and seasonal ingredients in all of my baking. I love to support my local farmers and dairy purveyors and feel that it is so important to know where your food comes from.
With your support, I will have the ability to:
* Purchase a new mixer! My current mixer is (kind of) a dinosaur and has been making awful noises for quite a while. I am so terrified of the day that it just stops working...or catches fire! (No worries, we have a fire extinguisher! I think...)
* Buy more sheet pans and containers. Although these seem like small things, These are vital for me. When you need quite a few of them, it can really add up.
* Re-attach the trailer hitch. It is not currently attached to the cart and needs to be welded back on by a professional (expensive!) This is important because in order to keep the mobile license, we have to have the ability to be mobile! And right now, it would take a lot of people pushing to even move the cart about 5 feet.
* Put a new and expanded name and brand on the cart...literally! Changing our logo to include desserts will be vital in letting our current and new customers know that I am offering more than just cupcakes, even though cupcakes are pretty awesome!
* Put a new floor in the cart. The current flooring in the cart is the original one from 1966! Needless to say, it has a few holes and uneven spots in it. I'd like to get it all evened out and looking happy.
* Miscellaneous. There are always a TON of small expenses that tend to pop up at the worst possible times, and this can really strain my non-existent budget. Even something as small as buying more spatulas can sometimes be difficult.
With the ability to purchase the equipment that I need and get the cart back into tip top shape, I will then be able to create even more delicious desserts and continue to spread "food love"!
Risks and challenges
As with any business, there are always risks. My biggest challenge to date has been helping customers find their way back for their favorite treats again and again. I often did now know what the next day, week, or month would bring. I think my new stationary location is a huge step in the right direction for the business and my customers.
After I am able to get the tools I need, I will continue to learn and grow as a baker and as a business. With a little bit more financial stability, I will be able to provide my customers with the best experience possible. I can do this by taking classes, continually experimenting, and taking in all feedback to fuel my creativity. I will also be able to continue building relationships with my food purveyors, and work towards giving back to my community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $10 or more
Awww, you're so sweet! You'll receive a handwritten thank you card from me and a limited edition Hungry Heart Desserts sticker designed specifically for our kickstarter supporters.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $15 or more
You love sweets and I love you! You'll receive a handwritten thank you card, a limited edition sweets support sticker, and a voucher for a dessert to be enjoyed at our new cart!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $25 or more
You're the bees knees! You will receive a handwritten thank you card, limited edition sweets support sticker, and a voucher for a baker's dozen of mini cupcakes to be picked up at the cart. (These vouchers never expire and are fully transferable, so if you don't live here you can save it for when you visit or gift it to a friend. If you really dig altruism, then you can have us give away cupcakes to some random people who seem like they need a pick me up. It's all about spreading the cupcake love!)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $35 or more
You've got a Hungry Heart! You will receive a handwritten thank you note and a very stylish Hungry Heart Cupcakes T-shirt, the first of their kind! We will be using high quality, super comfy shirts from Alternative Apparel.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $50 or more
We LOVE you! You will receive a handwritten thank you card, a limited edition cupcake support sticker, a Super Comfy Hungry Heart Cupcakes T-shirt AND a voucher for a dessert to be enjoyed at the new cart. It's the complete sweets care package!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
We bow down to your cupcake generosity! You'll receive everything in the $50 package, but instead of a one dessert, you'll get two! PLUS! When you come to get your cupcakes, we will also give you a jar of our delicious housemade salted caramel that we use for our signature "Sweet n' Salty" cupcake! This stuff is seriously addictive and amazing on ice cream, cookies, pizza, your loved one...anything!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
Are you for realz?! You're AMAZING! Not only will you receive everything in the $35 package but you will also receive a personalized "I have a Hungry Heart" sweets card which entitles you to one dessert OR 4-pack of mini cupcakes each month for an entire year! (If you do not live in Portland, this item may be transferable to a friend.)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $150 or more
PARTY TIME! We are so excited by your generosity, that we want to throw you a party! Our cupcake truck Chomps wants to visit you and up to 15 of your very best friends! With this package, you will be entitled to a cupcake party at the venue of your choosing (Contact us to book) We will bring up to 50 mini cupcakes of various flavors for you and your friends and we will go anywhere you'd like in the Portland metro area. We will come to your house, your favorite bar, your work, or maybe you'd like to have Chomps surprise a friend or loved one! It's all up to you!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
Ding Ding Ding! Tell them what they've won! For your unmatched generosity, you will receive everything in the $100 package, plus a party hosted by Chomps for you and up to 15 friends, plus I will create a custom cupcake with the flavors of your choosing (within reason of course, I'm a baker, not a magician.) and you will get to name it! You'll go down in cupcake history!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
Whoa...I mean whoa. Obviously, you will receive my undying gratitude...like forever...and ever. You will receive a card tat entitles you to desserts for a WHOLE YEAR! (Up to $300, but that's a LOT of sweets) We've gotta draw the line somewhere...but we LOVE you!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
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Will you marry me? Seriously. I'm told I'm a good cook and I like to clean! Ok...well if that doesn't appeal to you than you can have everything included in the $500 package. Plus, we will host a thank you brunch in your honor in the seating area at the cart and we will provide all food and beverages for you and up to 10 friends. At the end, everyone will go home with a box of mini cupcakes and the knowledge that they have the most AMAZING and GENEROUS friend EVER! If this pledge comes from a business, we will cater cupcakes for a meeting or employee party for up to 100 employees!Estimated delivery:
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