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 some of Walt Disney World’s best bakeries!
The cupcake craze swept Walt Disney World a few years ago when we originally compiled this post, and is still going strong. We have updated this post when we’ve tried new cupcakes (most recently in January 2015), so check back for our new favorites periodically!
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!).
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 good, albeit a bit dense without any filling.
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 tried in 2013 and 2014 since we originally wrote this post …try not to drool on your keyboard:
If you have questions about any of these cupcakes, please let us know!
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