Top Disney World Cupcakes


Walt Disney World bakeries and restaurants offer a lot of decadent snacks, including cupcakes. Here’s our list of the top Walt Disney World cupcakes, along with photos of our favorites. Not all Disney cupcakes and snacks are created equally–some are utterly amazing, and some taste like a grocery store “day old” manager’s special–the only real thing in common among these snacks is that they’re all expensive. Whether you’re paying for snacks out of pocket or using your precious Disney Dining Plan snack credits, you’ll want to make sure the snack you’re ordering is delicious. Since the sheer number of snacks can be overwhelming, and you can’t sample them all (okay, you probably could, but it would take a lot of time and be a lot of work…fun, delicious work!), we’re here to help by offering you our list of our top cupcakes at Walt Disney World!

S’mores Cupcake: We were a bit skeptical of this one when we saw it, but it was so unique that we just had to try it. Although we love cupcakes, and we love s’mores, the two combined just didn’t seem right. Sort of like combining ice cream and french fries (although we hear some people do that, too; what will they think of next?!). Both great on their own…but together?! Well, we are happy to report that not only does the S’mores Cupcake combine two things we love, but it combines them masterfully! The S’mores Cupcake is made of graham cracker-flavored cake with chocolate inside. The cake is perfectly moist, and not too dry. The cupcake is topped with melted browned marshmallow on top with a consistency that’s more on par with regular frosting than it is marshmallow. It tastes like marshmallow, though, so all is well. On top of it all is a piece of Hershey’s chocolate, which is the finishing touch on a really unique, and really delicious, cupcake! To our knowledge, this cupcake is only available at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Chocolate Cappuccino Cupcake: This one is an interesting creature and may not appeal to everyone (Sarah found it to be so-so, I loved it). The cupcake has a chocolate cake based which is moist and great-tasting on its own. Haven’t lost anyone yet, have I? There are bits of toffee and chocolate on the outside, which are also great. Now, the divisive parts: the rich frosting and fill have a distinctive coffee flavor. Not just a subtle undertone or hint of coffee, but an actual coffee taste. I’m not normally a fan of coffee, but I found this cupcake to be exceptional, as the coffee flavor wasn’t too much for me. Sarah thought it was a bit over the top, so your mileage may vary. We’ve only seen this cupcake at BoardWalk Bakery.

Oreo Bon Bon Cupcake: The Oreo Bon Bon Cupcake is composed of yellow vanilla cake and topped with a rich vanilla frosting. Oreo crumbles coat the frosting, and two Oreo Mickey Mouse ears top the cupcake. Up until this point, it’s not all that special (I wish the vanilla frosting were a bit more complex), but once you get inside, you reach the real treat, as the cupcake is filled with delicious Oreo-laden buttercream fill that is absolutely out of this world. I wish I could have ordered a bowl of just that! Although, my waistline is thankful that such a dessert does not exist. This is available a few locations on property; we purchased ours at BoardWalk Bakery.

The Butterfinger Cupcake: Popularized by WDW Today podcast and its 2010 Butterfinger Cupcake-challenge, the reputation of this cupcake now precedes it. This fine specimen has proven unconquerable for many a Disney’s Hollywood Studios guest, due to its massive size. We normally split this cupcake for that very reason (and because it’s relatively rich). The Butterfinger Cupcake masterfully combines Chocolate cake, vanilla frosting, chocolate coating, and real Butterfinger crumbles. We’ve only seen this cupcake at Starring Rolls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (are you noticing a trend yet?), but there are rumors that it’s available elsewhere. It’s probably the most well-known of any Walt Disney World cupcake, but it doesn’t quite make the #1 spot…

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake with Candy Cane Sprinkles: This is the real, un-disputed #1 Walt Disney World cupcake. Unfortunately, it’s only available seasonally. This cupcake is truly a work of art. We discovered it in December 2011 at Contempo Cafe, and made a special trip back in January 2012 hoping it would still be there. It was! The base is chocolate cake that is perfectly moist (thanks to, well, we’ll get to that in a minute…) and it’s covered in perfectly-flavored peppermint buttercream (the peppermint flavor isn’t so strong that it’ll clear your sinus, but it isn’t wimpy, either–it’s perfect) that tastes like a candy cane in frosting form. There are candy canes around the outside that taste like real candy cane, and it’s all topped with two zebra sticks to garnish this masterpiece! Oh, I forgot about the best part, inside the cupcake is a fair amount of rich chocolate syrup. This is easily the best cupcake we’ve ever had anywhere, not just at Walt Disney World. Our tip: don’t share.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake: Quite frequently, cupcakes lack balance. Too much thought and effort are spent on the savory frosting on top and the cake is an afterthought…a dry, sad afterthought. While the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake is certainly top-heavy with its exquisite layering of thick cream cheese frosting with a center of actual cheesecake (center of the frosting, not the cupcake), it’s surprisingly not lacking in balance. The red velvet cake holds its own, offering the perfect compliment to the cheesecake and cream cheese frosting that attempts to collapse this light cake under its heavy weight. This cupcake is a real masterpiece! We’ve always purchased ours at Starring Rolls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but we’ve seen it elsewhere (can’t remember where, though!).

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Monkey Cupcake: I have no idea if this is the actual name of the cupcake (pretty sure it’s not), but this cupcake at Animal Kingdom is huge and quite the value. It consists of white and dark chocolate for the monkey’s face, which sits on a mound of butter cream. Since all of that is so heavy, the cupcake itself is in an actual cup. The chocolate base is a moist !

Best of the Rest – Some other great cupcakes we’ve tried include: Marble Cupcake (Starring Rolls–solid cupcake, but not amazing), Carrot Cake Cupcake (Roaring Fork–this would’ve made Sarah’s list; I thought it was too dry), Peanut Butter Cupcake (BoardWalk Bakery–this would be very high on my list, but Sarah wasn’t much of a fan), and “Plain” Cupcakes (Main Street Bakery–they have an actual name, but I don’t know what it is). It’s also worth noting that we, sadly, have not consumed every single cupcake sold on Walt Disney World property. We’ve heard a lot of good things about the cupcakes at Babycakes NYC, but we haven’t tried any of these; so don’t avoid them simply because they haven’t made our list!

Here are some other photos of Disney cupcakes we’ve tried in 2013 and 2014 since we originally wrote this post …try not to drool on your keyboard:

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Trying to plan what else you might order to eat on your Walt Disney World vacation? Make sure to check out the rest of our “Best Of” Walt Disney World Dining posts:

Do you agree with our list of the Top Walt Disney World Cupcakes? What are your favorite Disney cupcakes? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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37 Responses to “Top Disney World Cupcakes”

  1. Erica says:

    So my comment has nothing to do with cupcakes but I thought I would share it here…

    So last night my fiance and I watch “Tin Tin” and I don’t know why, especially since I have never met you in person, but “Tin Tin” reminded me so much of you, which is good thing by the way. I really loved the character. I felt your fun remarks and quirkiness fit well into the movie character. Perhaps for fun you can get a dog called “snowy” and work him into some of your posts, he could be your service dog :)

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I’m not familiar with Tin Tin, but isn’t he a Scotty or some other type of dog? So you’re saying I remind you of a dog, and that’s a compliment?! I don’t know about that one! ;)

      • Erica says:

        No no no… “Tin Tin” is a new movie just released to DVD. The Character “Tin TIn” is a journalist/detective and he HAS a dog named “Snowy” hence why I thought you should recruit a service dog. If you rent the movie I suspect you might have a better idea

  2. Gwen says:

    How about BabyCakes NYC vegan and gluten free cupcakes? We’re looking forward to trying them on our visit!

    • Susan says:

      OMG! They were great esp. for gluten free. Red velvet was good, carrot also but the strawberry shortcake was by far my fave I had it twice rather than try a new one.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      We have actually *never* tried the Babycakes NYC cupcakes. Heard only great things about them, but Downtown Disney is pretty much dead to us. Too bad, because we used to love Earl of Sandwich, and now we’re missing out on Babycakes, too!

      • Laura B. says:

        Soon enough you can enjoy Earl of Sandwich at DLR!

      • Tom Bricker says:

        YES! And we are VERY excited about this! Downtown Disney is SO much easier to access at Disneyland than it is at Walt Disney World!

    • Jason says:

      We tried the gluten free cupcakes from BabyCakes last year. We tried four different flavors and they were all awful. It was the first time I’ve ever thrown cupcakes away!

  3. Amy says:

    I have obviously been remiss in my cupcake consumption at the World. Goal for next trip: eat more cupcakes! Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. Ellen says:

    Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! I love that you put the chocolate peppermint cupcake as #1 – I am in total agreement!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      That cupcake haunts my dreams. Actually, I’m not sure if “haunts” is the right word. I mean, I really miss it and wish I could eat it for every meal, but I cannot associate something so great with “haunting.” ;)

  5. jlaalja says:

    You are killing me with these! I must have them right now!
    Guess I will have to wait 18 more days!! The agony!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      In case it’s not clear from the post, Starring Rolls and BoardWalk Bakery are GREAT places to stop for cupcakes. There are a lot of other places around property, too!

  6. Susan says:

    Sadly I never got the peppermint one it looks great but I’d say Oreo was #1 & Peanut Butter second. Babycakes Had great gluten free ones also.

  7. Mel says:

    Planning my first trip to WDW for the fall and I’m super excited about it. Your blog has been instrumental in figuring out what I need to do, pack, and plan as well as fueling my ever growing excitement to visit the happiest place on earth.

    That said, I have a few food allergies and wondered if you knew of some tips on perusing the parks with food issues? I have read up on where is safe for me to eat, etc, but I was curious if you’ve seen the cast members work in person in regards to dealing with people with allergies.

    • Jodi says:

      Yes, the CMs/servers take this very seriously & will meet your every need (& then some)! One of the things I love about Disney!

  8. Dave L says:

    Great list. My all time favorite is the chocolate peanut butter cupcake at Starring Rolls. But let’s be honest. It hard to make a bad cupcake IMO.

  9. David says:

    If you ever decide to visit Babycakes NYC, make sure you visit Ghirardelli’s while you’re in the area! Best ice cream/chocolate in Walt Disney World. Bold claim, but I really think you should check it out!

  10. Shawn says:

    I have only tried the butterfinger cupcake. I regrettably ate it as a dessert after a lunch of chicken fingers and fries at Backlot Express. I didnt realize it was a meal in itself. I very much look forward to trying the rest on this list!!! Just not after a meal!!!

  11. Ben says:

    I had one of the Butterfinger ones recently… they now have caramel inside the cake!

  12. Jami says:

    Oh the butterfinger cupcake! It is my FAVORITE! Although that chocolate peppermint one needs to be found ASAP. Come on Winter! We found the butterfinger cupcake at Disney Quest in downtown Disney last August. Thanks for your amazing blog!

  13. Jen says:

    My vote goes to any of the ones from Karamell Kuche in Germany. Perfect snack when you’re waiting for Illuminations to start :)

  14. Lauren says:

    You can also get the chocolate cappuccino cupcake at Pizza Planet in DHS. I am not a coffee fan, but like you, I love that cupcake. Delicious!

  15. Tim H says:

    I Love your list, but I have one that I simply have to recommended. The Cotton-Top Tamarin cupcakes from “Island Java” on Discovery Island inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park are to die for. They are inspired by the Cotton-Top Tamarin Monkey that are right in front of the Tree of Life. The cupcake has the a candy face of the monkey and tons of vanilla frosting over a chocolate cupcake. The name of the coffee kiosk changes all the time, but it is in between Island Mercantile and Outfitters, right next to the Tipboard. Love your blog!
    Click the link for a photo:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1440&bih=771&tbm=isch&tbnid=9E3V3dzTwlE-EM:&imgrefurl=http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/08/its-cotton-top-tamarin-month-at-disneys-animal-kingdom-and-were-celebrating-with-sweets/&docid=94PYYgaY-vHSiM&imgurl=http://parksandresorts.wdpromedia.com/media/disneyparks/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/tcc031399LARGE.jpg&w=900&h=1350&ei=-m0AUfPMMorMqAHe-YHoBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=4&vpy=87&dur=708&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=59&ty=143&sig=118025894112719137698&page=1&tbnh=141&tbnw=94&start=0&ndsp=35&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:84

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I *think* they serve that (sometimes) at The Mara, too. I’ve heard some great things about it. We just need to remember to try it next time (remembering once we get there is more than half the battle!).

  16. Jackie says:

    Although I haven’t read through all the responses here, I wanted to share that my favorite cupcake is the seasonal Darth Vader chocolate cupcake at Hollywood Studios. It seriously takes 2 people to eat it and is only available during Star Wars Weekends (this year it was available, although limited, on “May the Fourth”). You have to like chocolate, but it is amazing.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I’m thinking you might need a full-time dessert-tasting assistant during your WDW travels… me!

  18. Andrea says:

    I tried the butter finger cupcake from all my friends recommendations and I really was not impressed maybe it was just me.I thought the best cupcake was from Animal Kingdom the white chocolate elephant cupcake was so tasty that my husband who does not have a sweet tooth tried to take it from me it was so delicious!

  19. CINDY BROWN says:

    My favorite is the gingerbread cupcakes that I had in December 2012. Can’t remember where they were though! I think it was at Hollywood Studios.

    • Audra says:

      I was just going to say the gingerbread one we got at planet pizza (i think?) at Hollywood studios was amazing!!

  20. Kara says:

    Totally drooling over the pictures in this post! I had a fantastic red velvet cupcake at Captain Cook’s last month while staying at the Poly. It wasn’t particularly creative or imaginative but boy, was it good. :)

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