Oak Park: Home of Wright, Hemingway...and Cupcake Car

Man makes street-worthy battery-powered confection

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By David Hammond

What’s shaped like a dessert and travels up to 20 miles per hour? The Cupcake Car!

Oak Parker Don Rutledge says he got the brainstorm for a mobile unit shaped like a little cake while at the Burning Man festival (hmmm). 

Rutledge built the tasty-looking transport in his garage, using a big battery, a modified kid’s bike, and a weird blend of engineering know-how and artistry.

Around Halloween, he took it for a maiden voyage.

The Oak Park Police, who stopped Rutledge as he was cruising contentedly in his big pink cupcake, have decided that it’s okay to let him pilot his pastry down the streets of our village.

It’s a great day in vehicular history.

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Posted: November 18th, 2010 9:22 AM

Sweet!!!! I'll be in touch.

David Hammond from Oak Park  

Posted: November 18th, 2010 8:09 AM

Melissa, I can probably put your friend in touch with Mr. Rutledge. I can be contacted directly at David@DCHammond.com.To the best of my knowledge the Cupcake Car is still operational.

Melissa from Oak Park  

Posted: November 18th, 2010 7:36 AM

Is the Cupcake Car still traveling the streets of Oak Park? I have a friend who just wrote a book called Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys and would love to see this pastry up close! Thanks for sharing.

CJ from Oak Park  

Posted: November 17th, 2010 6:31 PM

Oh my! This was so much fun to read about. Can't wait to tell family and friends all about the cupcake-mobile. Just plain fun!

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