Our weekend visits to Austin used to be incomplete without a stop at the air stream cupcakery on South Congress Ave. But we recently noticed a bit of competition nearby. Cutie Pie Wagon is a pink wooden building, barely bigger than an outhouse, that holds the one-woman fireball Jaynie Buckingham, aka the Pie Queen.
The Pie Queen bakes up mini pies filled with goodness - there's white chocolate coconut, bumbleberry, and her award-winning buttermilk, which she sells to Austin's chi-chi Driskill Hotel. Growing up, Buckingham watched her mother to learn how to be an amazing home baker, and found she too had a talent.
A former nurse, Buckingham gave it up to do what she loves best - bake pies based on her mother's recipes. Though it's been a long journey, the Pie Queen is now sitting pretty in her fuchsia box, wearing a tiara, and decked out in all things sparkly. Numerous newspaper write-ups and awards surround her, but she most values the framed photo of her mother that hangs proudly on the wall.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
On a sunny Sunday afternoon we sampled the famous buttermilk confection and were delighted by the levels of flavor complexity, including the freshly grated smattering of nutmeg on top, and a creamy filling with a hint of warm spiciness inside a tender crust. Check out the goodness for yourself at cutiepiewagon.com.