Sweet Endings

By truck, cart, bike or trailer, these mobile dessert purveyors provide the perfect finale for your wedding reception.
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Sweet Tooth Vintage Ice Cream Cart
Sweet Tooth Vintage Ice Cream Cart. Photo by Paige Brittany

Sweet Tooth Vintage Ice Cream Cart

Hoping to serve ice cream at her own wedding three years ago, Leslie Martin ran into logistical issues. So she bought an old-fashioned ice cream cart and started her own business catering to brides and grooms. Her cart holds six 3-gallon tubs of Gunther’s ice cream, with couples choosing from more than three dozen flavors available. Bowls, sugar cones, napkins and spoons are provided, along with two hours of scooping by a uniformed server. Martin can supply toppings such as fruit, sprinkles, nuts, whipped cream and cookie crumbles, as well as nondairy ice cream, sorbet, ice cream sandwiches and popsicles—“pretty much anything frozen,” she says. The pretty little push cart comes with a jaunty white umbrella and can be decorated with flowers or a spray of balloons. Its appearance is always a hit. “Ice cream is the fun dessert that comes out when the dancing starts,” Martin says. Pricing: $6–$9 per person. sweettoothicecreamcart.com; IG @sweettoothicecreamcart

VolksWaffle

VolksWaffle truck

There’s perhaps nothing cuter than VolksWaffle, a cherry-red 1969 Volkswagen bus with a red-and-white striped awning and a gleaming copper kitchen. Owner Terry Jeske serves authentic Liège waffles, made with dough imported from Belgium. The key ingredient is Belgian pearl sugar, which caramelizes during baking to produce a crisp, cakey texture and a soft, warm center. Made to order, the waffles come dusted with powdered sugar; optional add-ons include whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries, ice cream, chocolate sauce and Nutella. Also available: chocolate-dipped waffles imported from Belgium. To make your guests feel like they’ve arrived, Jeske can supply a red carpet and brass stanchions with velvet ropes leading the way to the truck. Pricing: Quote on request. volkswaffle.net; IG @volkswaffleca

Sweet Dozen

Sweet Dozen
Photo by Alyssa Zach Photography.

Operating from a sweet-looking black trailer with a pop-up service window, this family-run business serves delicious doughnuts in numerous flavors and with a multitude of toppings, from Pop Rocks to strawberry shortcake crumble. Bring in a swatch of your wedding fabric and Sweet Dozen can make a glaze to match. Guests will go nuts for Sweet Dozen’s famous doughnut melt: a halved doughnut stuffed with Gunther’s ice cream and heated in a sandwich press to seal the edges and warm the pastry while leaving the ice cream frosty cold. The truck also serves hot coffee and cold milk. The trailer is available in Sacramento County only; rental is for two hours. Pricing: $500 minimum. sweetdozen.com; IG @sweetdozen916

Churro Kings

Churro Kings

There’s nothing like a fresh, hot churro—Mexico’s version of the doughnut—straight out of the fryer. Churro Kings provides a stainless steel street cart with a built-in dough extruder and deep fryer, along with an attendant who makes the pastries, lickety-split, in less than two minutes. After frying, the churros are tossed in sugar and cinnamon, then filled with cajeta (Mexican caramel) or flavored cream (Bavarian, chocolate or strawberry). Guests can help themselves from a self-serve toppings bar with whipped cream, sauces and cereals such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Krispies. Churro Kings can also supply tinted sugars to match your wedding colors. Pricing: Starts at $350. (916) 616-3792; IG @churrokings916

Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan

Creamy's by Cayla Jordan

Cayla Jordan bakes mini cheesecakes in a myriad of flavors, from basics like chocolate chip to wilder options like Circus Animal Cookie. Your guests will love these tiny treats. “A bite-sized cheesecake is better than a whole slice,” says Jordan. “Cheesecake is so heavy—you really only need a little taste.” Jordan serves her creations from a cute little white trailer that she transformed from a tiki hut bought off Craigslist. But she recently acquired a vintage ice cream truck, so she’ll be able to serve frozen cheesecake sandwiches in addition to her two-bite cheesecakes. For a takeaway remembrance, you can order mini cheesecakes, each packaged in its own small, see-through box. Pricing: Starts at $900. caylajordan.com; IG @creamysbycaylajordan

Dutchman’s Stroopwafels

Dutchman’s Stroopwafels

What’s a stroopwafel, you say? It’s the national cookie of the Netherlands: two very thin cookie wafers separated by a layer of caramel. In 2018, Johan and Koreen van Ravenhorst were newlyweds themselves when they started Dutchman’s Stroopwafel. Johan (a native of the Netherlands) customized a Dutch cargo bike to create a stroopwafel kitchen on wheels. Dressed in traditional garb, the couple makes the cookies to order on a Dutch waffle iron, then slices them in half and fills them with warm caramel. The stroopwafels are served, steaming hot, tucked inside traditional red-and-white-checkered paper. You can also order heart-shaped stroopwafels packaged in cellophane for wedding favors. Pricing: $2.50 per cookie, $200 minimum purchase. dutchmansstroopwafels.com; IG @dutchmansstroopwafels