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Review: New Treats at Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Today, we are sharing with you some brand new treats that we’ve discovered at one of our favorite spots in Animal Kingdom, Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery!

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery Sign

This tiny spot has a huge cult following (and I’m right at the front of the line) for their amazing baked goods, like the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake and the Paw Print Brownie.

But they’ve just debuted a couple more snacks that have me counting the days until my next Disney trip!

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery

The fantastic new treats go beautifully with the already stellar (though limited) list that you could find there previously. Some of the items are available all day, while others are only available in the afternoon.

Kusafiri Bakery Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Let’s take a look at a couple of the new items!

Elephant Ears

First up — a pastry that is perfectly named for noshing at Animal Kingdom. That’s right, folks, we have Elephant Ears for you today.

Elephant Ears

The enormous pastries, made from puff pastry layered with a sugar filling, gets all beautifully caramelized and crunchy when they’re baked. And if that’s not enough, then the tips of the “ears” are dipped in chocolate. The crunch plus chocolate makes for a surprising, delicious texture.

Chocolate lovers clearly love this one!

Elephant Ear Enjoyment -- Up Close

By the way, they’re also served at Harambe Fruit Market until 11am if you happen to be back that way. At Kusafiri, they’re available all day.

African Spice Cake

After 11am, you can try the African Spice Cake, Kusafiri’s version of a coffee cake — but with some delightful twists on texture.

African Spice Cake

The cake is built on a crust of short dough. To that, they add a spiced coffee cake, and a layer of cream cheese filling, before topping it with more spice cake.

The top is encrusted with a thick layer of crunchy, spiced oatmeal streusel. It pairs wonderfully with the selection of Joffrey’s coffees available here.

What’s New — and What’s Missing

We have a few other things to tell you about!

To begin, there are no more single cinnamon buns or basic bagels at the walk up Kusafiri window. Instead, there’s a Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll that’s family-sized. The mammoth pastry has a pull-apart consistency, and is served warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce, before it’s finished with white icing.

They’re also serving Chocolate Croissant Sticks — or Zebra Sticks — drizzled with white and dark chocolate stripes, like a zebra! It’s filled with tiny chocolate chips, too. We predict this will be a favorite addition to the lineup here in short order. :-)

Guests Enjoying Elephant Ears and Zebra Sticks from Kusafiri Bakery

The extra menu items are most likely to make up for the fact that Tamu Tamu Refreshments is no longer open for breakfast at this time. You’ll find the popular counter service open from lunch until the park closes now.

Their breakfast sandwich can now be purchased at Kusafiri, but the yogurt parfait and french toast sticks seem to be gone for now.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments offers good eats and cold drinks.

French toast lovers can still find their favorite dish at Pizzafari, however.

We’ll have more updates from Animal Kingdom coming soon! In the meantime, what do you think of the new treats at Kusafiri? Let us know in comments which one you’ll be trying first!


  1. carly says:

    8.99 for a cinnamon roll? I gotta see this…

  2. Tracey says:

    Oooooh……that African spice cake looks delicious!!!! One week from today, I will be at AK and I will be on the look out for this!!

  3. Rune says:

    Agree with Tracey, that Spice Cake looks really fantastic! Never stopped at this place before but I’m seriously tempted now with this addition and that yummy-looking paw print brownie … I feel the need to a glass of cold milk / strong coffee to accompany either of these … I mean ice cream would be too much, right? Right? =D

  4. Lynne says:

    Two things….can you get the recipe for the spice cake? And two, is Bradley Falls open?

  5. Mark D. says:

    No picture of the Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll?

    I need to try that African Spice Cake. Should be offered before 11am. Sounds like my kind of breakfast.

  6. !!! Adding my voice to the chorus: African Spice Cake looks AMAZING. Of course, I’ve been known to spread cheesecake in the middle of a layer cake instead of frosting, so…

  7. Katie says:

    Too bad the elephant ear is not like the yummy one you can get at the fair, with all the powdered sugary goodness.

  8. Angelina says:

    I know its been said but that Spice Cake looks decadent and amazing. Any chance on getting the recipe for that one up on the blog?

  9. Christina H. says:

    Would love to see a pic of the colossal cinnamon bun!

  10. Morgan says:

    I’m with Katie, elephant ears are supposed to be deep fried rounds of dough with powdered sugar! What AK calls elephant ears I’ve always called palmiers. Must be a regional thing. :)

  11. Amy says:

    How am I going to decide what to have here? I was already in a quandary over the brownie paw, white chocolate elephant cupcake and cotton top tamarin cupcake. Now I have to add Spica Cake and elephant ears to the mix! Oh the delicious dilemma!!

  12. Carole says:

    I have got to try that Spice Cake. It looks, and sounds, delicious :)

  13. Laura says:

    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who was expecting something else when reading about the elephant ears. These look good, anywho. I’ll have to give them a try next month.

  14. Deb Ragno says:

    Are the elephant ears new to AK? I’m sure I remember them being there before (and no, I am not confusing them with what is available in MK). Also would love to see a pic of the colossal cinnamon roll.

  15. Shawn says:

    Do you know if they still will have the apple, cherry and cheese danish rolls?

  16. Essie says:

    Wow, I’d like to see the cinnamon roll, also. Yeah, I wouldn’t mind having the recipe for that spice cake; I think we’d love that. The elephant ears are enormous! ‘Course I know they’re from an elephant… We always called them ‘pig’s ears’, but they were smaller and had no chocolate. It sounds like I could get one cinn. roll to last for my breakfast for all week and an elephant ear as a snack for all week, too!

  17. Melissa says:

    I think I may have moaned out loud a little when I saw the photo of that spice cake. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  18. AJ says:

    Katie, Morgan, and Laura — A quick search shows both fried dough AND a palmier-type cookie with the moniker “elephant ears” — so it may be a regional thing for sure.

    Lynne — It’s closed right now. We’ll try and find out more information asap.

    Deb — They’re new to us! But it’s possible they’ve popped up before, especially since they’re being served at both Kusafiri and Harambe Fruit Market.

    Shawn — They weren’t on the menu at the time of our visit, but they could always pop back up!

    I’m with you guys — I’d love to have that Spice Cake Recipe. Yum! And stay tuned for photos of the colossal cinnamon roll! ;-)

  19. Daniell says:

    Yeah! I was looking for a place to get a snack in Animal Kingdom! I found it!! Everything sounds delicious! 24 days and counting!

  20. Venessa Hinojosa-Wright says:

    Back in South Texas, Elephant ears are called “Orejas” (ears in spanish,) and are a type of “Pan Dulce,” (Sweet Bread.)

    Def not covered in chocolate. =) But those look good. I like mine extra crunchy!

  21. Jessica says:

    Is the cinimon roll a snack credit on the DDP?

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