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Walt Disney World Epic Cupcake Quest: 2014

Walt Disney World Epic Cupcake Quest: 2014

By Cassie

Cupcakes have been replacing traditional cakes at a growing rate in Weddings, Birthday Parties, even Dinner Parties.  This is a hot business aim for bakeries all over the globe and Disney is right in the forefront of this creative and tasty business.  My guess is you will find cupcakes here for any occasion, any theme, and the ingredients add up to some very tasty finds.

Disney Chefs have been focused on creating delicious cupcakes that will stay in our minds longer than in our mouths.  They have zeroed in on appearance, flavor, unique style, and theme and scattered the fruit of their labors throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.  Not to worry, Disney Dining has tracked them down for you!  Be aware that cupcakes change frequently here. Please let us know if you see any cupcakes that should be added to this list.

There are some cupcake selections that are only for a limited time, such as seasonal Holiday, Star Wars Weekends, etc. that also cost about $1.00 more than the regular cupcakes.  Regular cupcakes are mostly sold for $4.19 and seasonal are $5.19.  That is a lot to spend on a cupcake so let’s find the best ones.

MAGIC KINGDOM:

We will begin with Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom that offers three specialty cupcakes at both lunch and dinner.  These cupcakes sell for $4.19 each.

  1. Triple Chocolate Cupcake is a chocolate sponge cake that was moist but not all that flavorful which happens often with chocolate cake. Inside there is a very small amount of a light chocolate mousse filling and on top a rich chocolate ganache and chocolate shavings. The chocolate ganache has a deep chocolate flavor and sweetness which brings the chocolate taste to the more subtle cake. There is a small, edible chocolate, square on top with “Be Our Guest” inscribed on it. For me, this is one of those over-the-top chocolate desserts that I don’t expect to order again.  There are other options I would choose.

NOTE: The cupcakes are delivered to the table with a plastic wrapper which was impossible to remove without ruining the cupcake and getting chocolate ganache all over your fingers, which I did and was still unable to get it off. When I asked our server for a knife he told me all I needed was a fork. I told him I wanted to take a photograph of the cupcake cut in half and he did retrieve a knife for me but it was not sharp enough to cut the plastic. I brought the cupcake in a container back home where I could get something to cut the plastic off. I would prefer to eat the cupcake out of the plastic anyway so I have to say I am not a fan of this delivery. The good news is that you will find a nice plastic container at most of these locations that is built to carry a cupcake.

  1. Lemon Meringue Cupcake is a vanilla sponge cake and thick lemon custard in the center with dollops of meringue with flamed tips for the topping.  This was light and delicious. I enjoyed the balance of the lemon custard with the sweetness of the cake and the meringue topping was just like a lemon meringue pie topping. I will order this again. This is one of the top most enjoyable cupcakes at Walt Disney World.
  2. Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake is a vanilla cupcake with cream cheese icing and a very large strawberry on top with pink candy balls.  In the center is a strawberry mousse filling. Wow, this is a great cupcake! The moistness of the cake, the flavor, and the cream cheese frosting is so good and then you match that with a piece of the fresh strawberry and the strawberry mousse and it is soooooo gooood! This is also one of the top most enjoyable cupcakes at the World.
  3. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Holiday Cupcake for Valentine’s Day is a moist red velvet cake with cream cheese topping.  Both the cake and the topping are delicious.  This is better than the red velvet cupcakes offered in the parks during Valentine’s Day. I had just had one from Big Top Treats that was not nearly as good as this one.

Confectionary

  1. Colorful cupcakes-these come with your choice of brightly colored sugar toppings in vanilla or chocolate cake. These are your very base cupcakes you can get anywhere.  This is such a great location I would like to see them step up their cupcake selection.

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Cheshire Café-Cheshire Cat cupcake in a Cup- I am not going to sit and watch the Mad Tea Cups nearby or I will lose my cupcake.  Let’s walk over to check out the 7 Dwarfs Mine Ride. The price for these layered delights is $4.19 which makes it one of the best values when searching for cake and icing snacks.

  1. This Cheshire Cat Cupcake in a Cup is topped with a sugar picture of the Cheshire Cat and below that it is literally layers of cake in a cup, with lots of layers of buttercream icing.  It is very sweet. If you have been craving birthday cake icing, this is for you.  It was honestly too much icing and I could not finish it. I totally LOVE this idea for enjoying a cupcake in the Parks while walking to my next FastPass+ attraction, waiting in line, just some sugar on the go that could easily be shared with someone else because it is a lot of cake and icing. The flavor of the cake was very good.
  2. Mad Hatter Mocha Cupcake in a Cup.

Starbucks on Main Street replaced the Main Street Bakery that was a beloved location for Cinnamon Rolls and several cupcakes. The coffee chain dropped the signature Cinnamon Rolls but kept these cupcakes:

  1. Peanut butter chocolate,
  2. Red velvet,
  3. Seasonal

Big Top Treats

  1. Specialty-Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Cupcake was not impressive. I am someone who makes red velvet cake from scratch, so I admit I am a hard sell on mediocre imitations. As a cupcake it had all the essentials, a cake, some overly sweet icing, and the heart made from white chocolate was a nice addition. At $4.99 I would like more than what I got with this one.
  2. Dumbo cupcake

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Sweet Spells inside Beverly Sunset shop offers a variety of baked goods, candy, slushies, cookies and cupcakes:

  1. Mickey Vanilla or Chocolate Cupcake
  2. Princess Vanilla Cupcake
  3. Holiday Cupcake

Starring Rolls Bakery is a good place to head for cupcakes.  Keep in mind this location is only open until 3PM each day so go early. There is a large and impressive selection of cupcakes here. They sell for $4.19 each.

  1. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake- has a mountain of cream cheese icing sprinkled with pieces of a toffee bar. It is really big and I wish I had a buddy with me today to share it with.  The cake was moist and fresh and the cream cheese icing was thick and full of flavor.  I liked the cake, icing, and pieces of a chocolate covered toffee bar, the flavors and the textures made for a great tasting cupcake.  I love sitting here under the umbrellas at the Starring Rolls patio tables.  This is a great place for people watching, and this is a very good cupcake.
  2. Sorcerer’s Hat Cupcake, a blueberry cupcake with lemon cream cheese icing topped with a sugar Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat
  3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake
  4. Butterfinger Cupcake
  5. Marble Cupcake
  6. Strawberry and Cream Cupcake
  7.  Lemon Meringue Cupcake
  8. Jack Sparrow(treasure chest) is a cupcake inside of a chocolate Treasure Chest
  9.  Darth Vader, Holiday Cupcakes

Toy Story Pizza Planet is not where you would normally think to go to for a cupcake, but hey, everyone enjoys dessert.

  • Cappuccino Cupcake for $4.19

Mama Melrose has a unique cupcake on their children’s menu, but children of any age can order this one.  This is a table-service restaurant and reservations are suggested.

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcake for $2.00 is a chocolate cupcake with spaghetti shaped frosting, chocolate “meatball”, strawberry “marinara” sauce, and shredded white chocolate ”cheese”.

Writer’s stop is famous for a cult favorite cookie: Carrot Cake Cookie which tastes very much like a Carrot Cake Cupcake but it is in a whoopie pie form. They are not as much of a favorite among cupcake lovers as they have that standard overly sweet colorful cupcake. They cost $4.19.

  • Colorful Cupcakes

EPCOT

Coral Reef is the table-service restaurant inside the Living Seas pavilion of Future World. They have an impressive cupcake on their kids menu.

  • Seaside Cupcake

Garden Grill, inside The Land has one cupcake on their children’s menu:

  • Cupcake Cone with Crisp Pearls

Karamell Kuche, in Germany Pavilion in the World Showcase section of Epcot has some very yummy cupcakes:

  1. Caramel Corn Cupcake
  2. Chocolate Caramel Cupcake
  3. Vanilla Caramel Cupcake

Sunshine Seasons  is inside The Land pavilion in Future World,  is perhaps the best food court in all of Walt Disney World so expect great cupcakes here:

  1. Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake
  2. Guava Cream Cheese Cupcake, $4.39
  3. Carrot Cake Cupcake for $4.39

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  • Bacon Cupcake with Maple icing- I can’t wait to try this!

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Kusafiri Bakery in Harambe, Africa section had been a place to go for breakfast sandwiches, baked goods and coffee on those early morning treks prior to riding Kilimanjaro Safari.  Well now you can also get some nice cupcake choices.

  1. Zebra Cupcake for $4.19
  2. White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake for $5.19
  3. Cotton top Tamarin Cupcake for $5.19

Gardens Kiosk brings some great gluten-free cupcakes for $5.99

 

RESORTS

Art of Animation resort, Landscape of Flavors

  1. Macaroon Cupcake
  2. Oreo Mickey Cupcake
  3. Gourmet Cupcake
  4. Miniature Cupcakes, gluten-free mini Babycakes

My family has a favorite location for cupcakes that have consistently delivered fresh and flavorful cupcakes: BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Cupcakes are $4.19 each.

  1. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake
  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake
  3. Oreo Bonbon Cupcake
  4. Coffee Mocha Cupcake
  5. S’mores Cupcake
  6. Peanut Butter
  7. Orange Cream
  8. Cappuccino

Animal Kingdom Lodge at Mara the quick service location you can pick up these cupcakes: Cost $4.19

  1. Vanilla or Chocolate Cupcakes
  2. Chocolate Butterfinger Cupcake
  3. Orange Marmalade Cupcake
  4. Gluten-free Mini Babycakes
  5. Zebra Cupcake
  6. Giraffe Cupcake

Beach Club Marketplace is a convenient spot to grab a sweet cupcake, cost $4.19.

  1. Red Velvet Cupcake
  2. German Chocolate Cupcake
  3. Vanilla Cupcake with Sprinkles

Caribbean Beach Resort try these at the food court for this resort

  1. Peanut Butter Monkey Cupcake
  2. Vanilla or Chocolate Cupcake

Contemporary Resort , Contempo Café has an impressively long list of cupcakes! All except the Seasonal is $4.19.

  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter
  2. Black Forest Cherry Cupcake
  3. Dos Leches Cupcake
  4. Red Velvet Mickey
  5. Mickey/Minnie Birthday Cupcake
  6. Dulce de Leche Cupcake
  7. Worms and Dirt Cupcake
  8. Spice Apple Cupcake
  9. Chocolate Coconut Cupcake
  10. Seasonal Cupcake

ESPN Club at BoardWalk has a single selection on the children’s menu

Worms and Dirt Cupcake

Grand Floridian Resort Narcoosee’s, a table-service so reservation suggested, one cupcake on the children’s menu:

  • Nemo Cupcake $5.00

Grand Floridian Gasparilla Grille, the quick service location for this resort has some unique cupcakes:

  1. German Chocolate Cupcake
  2. Cherry-Berry Cupcake
  3. S’mores Cupcake
  4. Florida Orange Cupcake
  5. Pina Colada Cupcake

Grand Floridian Beach Pool Bar, well of course their pool bar would have this cupcake, it IS the Grand Floridian after all.

  • Pina Colada Cupcake

Kouzzina on the BoardWalk has a fun children’s menu selection:

  • Kids Build-Your-Own Cupcake

Polynesian Resort Captain Cook, the resort’s quick service location offers unique and tasty cupcakes, but they do not have every one of these every day. You will find a few of these there at any given time:

  1. Chocolate Macadamia Cupcake
  2. Mango Passion Fruit Cupcake
  3. Lemon Ginger Cupcake
  4. Pina Colada Cupcake
  5. Chocolate Beer Cupcake
  6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake
  7. Chocolate Mousse Cupcake-choose between a Minnie Mousse or Mickey Mousse cupcake. Rich chocolate cake with a mound of chocolate mousse on top, covered with chocolate icing, 2 Oreo cookies for ears, and sprinkles.  This is very good!
  8. Holiday/Gourmet Cupcakes-Peppermint Cupcake is a white cake with pink and white swirl frosting with Ghirardelli white chocolate peppermint candy on top. This was disappointing as the only peppermint was in the piece of candy stuck on the top. The cake was also very dry.

Pop Century Resort, Everything Pop, the quick service location for the resort offers a very unique cupcake:

  • The King Cupcake-seriously, this cupcake should be available everywhere, it is that good. You will only find it here at Pop Century. This moist chocolate cupcake has a banana filling, peanut butter frosting piled high then, get ready, candy bacon and chocolate sauce on top.  Fabulous! I would pick this cupcake as the top must-have cupcake at Walt Disney World.

Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter both have unique food courts but their cupcake selection is the same.

  • Vanilla or Chocolate Cupcake

Wilderness Lodge Roaring Forks, the quick service location for this resort offers these cupcakes:

  1. Carrot Cake Cupcake
  2. Chocolate Caramel Cupcake
  3. S’mores Cupcake

DOWNTOWN DISNEY

Cooke’s of Dublin is a quick service location next to Raglan Road that creates daily selections of cupcakes for $3.50 each.

Cupcakes by BabyCakes Marketplace area, this famous bakery chain makes all of the gluten-free cupcakes on Walt Disney World property.  Selection varies. (I will get current flavors, costs, and photos)

Earl of Sandwich, this extremely popular sandwich location in the Marketplace section of Downtown Disney produces a unique version of the cupcake:

  • Cupcake Coronet

Goofy’s Candy Company, Marketplace section, has the standard super sugary icing and a cake

  • Colorful Cupcakes

Disney Quest, at West Side Downtown Disney, Foodquest, (separate admission required to get into Disney Quest)

  • Assorted Cupcakes

The Seasonal Cupcakes can often be found at other quick service restaurants throughout the Parks.

WATER PARKS do not have any cupcakes.

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.