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Even in heavy Lancaster city traffic, this mobile business stands out.

"It's like a big box on wheels, you know, just delivering cupcakes," said Jeff Mitchell, Co-owner of Lancaster Cupcake's big pink truck.

It's where downtown office personnel and nearby Franklin and Marshall College students can find gourmet cupcakes in ten flavors.

Owner Emily Mitchell hits the kitchen by 5 o'clock in the morning to get ready for her customers. "We bake about 500 cupcakes for the day for the truck. And we have them on the truck and we sell out at night."

Ken Keane picked up a dozen for his co-workers. "The quality and taste of the cupcakes are the reason I'm here. They're excellent."

The business began as a temporary income maker for newlyweds Emily and Jeff Mitchell, while waiting for her nursing license to transfer from Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C.

"My grandmother used to bake and my mom taught me the icing recipe that everyone has always asked for ever since I was little," said Emily. "They would ask her for this recipe."

"Everyone loved them and word of mouth spread and we were getting phone calls and bookings for weddings," added Jeff. "And, before we knew it, it became a full-time job for both of us."

And while driving around looking at possible store front locations for their new business, the Messiah College grads spotted a 40-year-old construction truck for sale.

"We could make that a cupcake truck," thought Jeff. "Yes, 'Let's make that a cupcake truck' "

But it was national television exposure that really put them in the pink.

We were on Cupcake Wars on the Food network in November and that kind of exploded everything," recalled Jeff.

"Ever since then it's just been, it's been nuts."

F&M Student Mac Aleman couldn't wait to get his cupcakes back to the dorm. "Oh, that is so good," he said while biting into one. "Great! Now I'm going to be here all the time."

"It's kind of hard in the morning," said Emily, noting the work that goes into getting everything ready to hit the road. "It almost feels like Cupcake Wars every morning because we have to bake 500 cupcakes, get them all frosted, toppings, all that."

The young couple have only just begun, though. They are working to open a brick and mortar store, and a second pink truck should be on the road within months.

"We like putting smiles on people's faces," said Jeff with a big grin of his own. "That's why we're here. That's why we do what we do."

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