Portland cupcake bakers hitch their wagon to Falmouth drive-up clientele
FALMOUTH — Summer is a little bit sweeter now that Portland-based Love Cupcakes has found a home at 48 U.S. Route 1.
Owned and operated by Anna and Joey Turcotte, with the help of Jenny Spear, the business promises to take “everyone's favorite, old-school dessert" and "serve it with a distinct twist."
The Turcottes started just over a year ago by doing private parties, weddings and catered events. They now operate in a renovated, 1960s travel-trailer parked a short distance north of Martin's Point, at Foreside Antiques.
“We bought the trailer about a year ago and it took about a year to figure out where and how all the permits were going to work,” Anna Turcotte said.
Love Cupcakes came to Falmouth because of Portland's strict restrictions on food trucks. So far the town has received the business with open arms – and mouths.
“We've had a lot of people from this neighborhood stopping by,” Spear said last Friday.
Turcotte agreed, and said they couldn't be happier with the response the cupcakes and the business has had from Falmouth residents.
The stars of Love Cupcakes are baked using locally sourced and organic ingredients, a method that poses a challenge because of cost and availability.
“(The most challenging thing is) trying to come up with spring flavors, when there's not a lot coming in season (in Maine),” Spear said.
Turcotte and Spear said they keep their flavors simple, always offering classic chocolate and vanilla, but whipping up a weekly twist, such as Love Lobster or Coco Buzz.
While the travel-trailer is equipped with an oven, they bake the cupcakes at their kitchen in Portland.
“We could bake in here,” Turcotte said.
“But it would take a really long time,” Spear added.
Turcotte and Spear, who opened in Falmouth on Memorial Day weekend, said they hope they will be able to remain in Falmouth as long as possible, even through the fall.
“We're hoping to do as much as we can,” Turcotte said. “As long as we have customers, we'll stay open.”
Love Cupcakes still caters events (they vacated their post at Foreside Antiques last Sunday to sell cupcakes at the Old Port Festival), but Turcotte said, ultimately, they have always wanted to run the business in a stationary location.
“This was our goal all along, to run it like a store,” she said.
Customers can find Love Cupcakes at Forside Antiques Friday-Sunday from noon until they sell out.