We’ve featured rockin’ cupcakes from Animal Kingdom’s Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery before, and we’ve sung the praises of their brownies too, but on my recent trip, I had to sample the white chocolate elephant cupcake for myself!
While I’ve heard recently that sometimes the treats are scarce, I had no trouble finding what I came for the day of my visit. As it turns out, you sometimes just have to wait until 11:30 for the ‘cakes to be available. No worries!
And as you can see, the cupcake is still the towering showstopper that it’s always been!
I mean, this thing is HUGE. You WILL get stares as you walk around with this cupcake, so be ready to answer a lot of the “Where did you get THAT?” questions. (Then you can be all smart and in-the-know, which, of course, you already are.)
While there’s very little seating near Kusafiri — and almost none that’s shaded — I took my cupcake to the little covered area and stood at the high-boy table there.
Let’s begin with the fact that this cupcake is deeeeelicious. I don’t know how they do it, but I always absolutely love the ‘cakes at Animal Kingdom. It’s as though everything they create is made of gold (unlike many of the cupcakes at Main Street Bakery, which tend to turn out gritty and too-sugary much of the time).
The treat features moist chocolate cake topped with a tall layer of thick buttercream. The buttercream is out of this world. You know when you’re making frosting or cookies and there’s that stage where you just have a bunch of straight sugar and butter in the bowl…and it tastes really good? Yeah; that’s what this is like, except thicker and fluffier.
And in the middle of the buttercream is a huge plop of German chocolate cake frosting — that caramel-y goodness mixed with toasted coconut.
This is one fabulous — and fabulously rich — little cake. And really — it’s topped with a white chocolate elephant! Love it.
The elephant is a giant white chocolate lollipop that actually tastes pretty good! But, if I’m being honest, it’s definitely second fiddle to that frosting.
Now, here’s the weirdness of the cupcake. I do take a little issue with the menu board, which says that the cupcake is “filled with chocolate cream” and actually says nothing about the german chocolate cake frosting (mentioning just “coconut”). As you can see from the cross section, there is definitely no chocolate cream inside the cake, so I’m betting that I got a bum batch or something.
Regardless, it was still delicious. And who has room for the cake anyway?
Do you have a Kusafiri Bakery favorite? Share a comment below about your #1 indulgence at this Animal Kingdom must-do spot!