When I started thinking about what to get you for the holidays, it came to me in a flash: what could be more perfect than a brand new food challenge?
And we’re not talking about just any challenge. Introducing the…
2012 DFB Holiday Cupcake Crawl!
Remember, many of these cupcakes can be purchased with a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, so be sure to stock up and save them for this important undertaking!
Here we go!
Epcot: Cupcakes Required = 4 Mini
Let’s begin in Epcot, where I’m so excited to share with you a really super fun find from Epcot’s America Pavilion.
American Adventure Gingerbread House
Within Liberty Inn, you’ll find another life-size gingerbread house, similar in scope to the Grand Floridian’s display. And much like that house, you can purchase goodies here as well!
American Adventure Gingerbread House Mini Cupcake Assortment: NEW THIS YEAR is a really fun treat that I couldn’t wait to try!
Rather than having one ginormous cake with just one flavor, the pastry chefs at Epcot are offering four different mini-cupcakes served together.
The Apple Pie Cupcake features a lovely surprise inside — apple pie filling! Crowned with fluffy vanilla icing and garnished with a sprinkle of streusel and nuts, this one is a winner.
The rich, moist cake of the Egg Nog Cupcake is topped with a lovely vanilla frosting as well, and a heavy garnish of fresh nutmeg. And there really is EGG NOG IN THERE! How do they do it? I have no idea.
The Red Velvet Mini Cupcake is topped with a generous swirl of cream cheese icing. Favorite.
The Mini-Gingerbread Cupcake isn’t as dark or rich in color as its Disney Hollywood Studios counterpart (more about that one in a minute), but the spicy cake and fluffy icing were still a nice treat. There’s plenty of spice throughout the cake as well!
Magic Kingdom: Cupcakes Required = 2
Magic Kingdom has some awesome holiday options at the Bakery this year!! Let’s take a peek…
Main Street Bakery
Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom is home to a huge assortment of delightful baked goods. The holidays are marked with beautiful and whimsical seasonal treats.
Main Street Bakery DAILY Cupcakes: The seasonal cupcakes here come in several versions: chocolate cake with vanilla frosting; red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting or vanilla frosting, vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, and more! These are available all day, every day!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
There are some awesome ‘cakes available just during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year, too! Since this is a hard-ticket (extra cost) event, we understand if you need to ditch these when doing your challenge.
Once again, the real star of these cupcakes are the cute designs that top them. Who could possibly resist peppermint swirl buttercream?
And I loved these! Santa on his way down the chimney (those little legs are peppermint sticks wrapped in fondant!), a candle made from a marshmallow, and even a cup of “hot cocoa!”
The Santa cupcake is a rich dark chocolate, while the cocoa cupcake is more of a milk chocolate cake! The candle is vanilla on vanilla. Yum!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Cupcakes Required = 1
When you’re ready for some more park action, take the bus over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and sample the most-talked-about holiday cupcake in Disney World!
Gingerbread Cupcake: This one caught my eye as soon I heard about it, and I knew that I’d be sharing it with you on my very next visit to Disney World.
Dark, moist, spicy (but not TOO spicy!) gingerbread cake is topped with cream cheese frosting mounded high on top. Add a cute Mickey hat, red and green sprinkles, and a dusting of sugar snow for a festive display.
Find this one at Studio Catering Co. and several other counter service locations throughout Hollywood Studios!
And just when you didn’t think it could get any better — it SO does! Add a glow cube for some extra pizzazz and a great souvenir. The glow cube version is more expensive (obviously), and can only be found at a pop-up kiosk DURING the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
Boardwalk Inn: Cupcakes Required = 1
When you’re ready for a little exercise — and another entry into the challenge — head over to another popular sweet treat destination: Boardwalk Bakery.
This tiny spot, located along the picturesque promenade of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, is the home to many of my very favorite cupcakes — like the Peanut Butter Cupcake.
Boardwalk Inn Peppermint Cupcake: Last year’s Peppermint Cupcake featured yellow cake and a completely different look. This year’s option is a new twist, with its peppermint bark garnish and chocolate shavings.
Contemporary Resort: Cupcakes Required = 2
Finally, it’s time to head over to the fourth floor atrium of Disney’s Contemporary Resort to visit Contempo Cafe!
This modern and convenient quick service location serves up some of the best cupcakes that we’ve tasted to date, like the spiced apple cupcake.
Cool Mint Cupcake: Celebrate the holidays with a classic flavor pairing. Icy mint frosting meets rich, dark chocolate cake for a cool and rich flavor sensation.
Red Velvet Cupcake: A Disney Food Blog Favorite! Fortunately, we’re seeing this quite often throughout the year at Contempo Cafe. That makes me incredibly happy, because it’s one of their best!
Moist red velvet cake covered with a lighter cream cheese frosting (read more about my thoughts on whether it’s too light in my review.) But the best part is the hidden real cheesecake center!
Whew! Are you as worn out as I am? Or maybe you’re just getting started due to the sugar rush!
Are You Ready for the Challenge?
We definitely think this crawl has the makings of an incredibly fun tradition — add in several friends to share the calories and sugar rush, and it’s a party! And you won’t even have to wash dishes!
Congrats on attempting our DFB Holiday Cupcake Crawl! Let me know how it went!
And for more awesome eats during the Holidays at Walt Disney World, check out our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book — now on sale for an epic $4 off with code Gingerbread!! This is a great way to start planning for next year’s Disney Holiday trip adventure!
Which holiday cupcake are you most excited to try during the 2012 Holiday Cupcake Crawl? We can’t wait to hear about your favorites!