Editor’s Note: The Cheshire Cake Cups have been discontinued as of late Summer 2015. We’ll update you if/when they’ll return (because there will be shouts of rejoicing.)
Today we’re heading to the Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Café. Let’s stop by this whimsical spot in Fantasyland and see what’s new… this one’s for you, Alice in Wonderland fans!
Even die-hard Alice fans may have overlooked this spot previously. Offerings have always been pleasant with light snacks, refreshing drinks and slushes, but no standout signature items.
But that’s changing with the arrival of Gourmet Cake Cups!
Guests have their choice between the Mad Hatter Mocha Cake Cup or the Cheshire Cupcake Cake Cup (yes, that’s the full name, inspired by all things topsy-turvy in Wonderland, I assume)!
What’s a “cake cup,” exactly? Well, it’s like a parfait made of cake and frosting. So, it’s like a cupcake, but it’s… not ;). I’m happy to say that this is one of those occurrences when the true-life appearance far exceeds the picture on the sign. Here is the sign…
But THIS is the real deal.
Pretty cool, huh? I don’t know about you, but I’m always happy to see more of the Alice in Wonderland characters represented in Disney World. And they’re adding cake to this?! NOW we’re talkin’!
Cheshire Cupcake Cake Cup
We’ll start with the Cheshire Cupcake. Close-ups of that awesome topper to come, but first, let’s talk abouttaste! You can get a better idea about this treat by looking at the back:
There is no getting around it. This is ONE. SERIOUS. PILE. OF. VANILLA.
It’s a mountain of light vanilla frosting on top of (and interspersed between) vanilla cake… Funfetti, actually — the perfect choice for fans of this quirky cat!
Bring your sweet tooth along for this one… you’re gonna need it!
You may have noticed the Halloween sprinkles on top, but I checked with the Cast Member and she assured that this is not a Halloween-specific treat (they’re just using these particular sprinkles throughout the autumn season).
Topping this cake cup is this wonderful image of the Cheshire Cat, raising his eyebrows (quite literally!).
Sure, it’s awesome. But is it edible?
Mad Hatter Mocha Gourmet Cake Cup
Chocolate lovers will be more intrigued by the Mad Hatter Mocha.
This cake cup has a strong coffee taste delivered by the frosting layers -— much stronger than the hint of mocha that I’d anticipated. The flavor of the frosting was sweetened by the presence of dark chocolate chips and white chocolate “straws.”
What I enjoyed most about the mocha frosting was the consistency. Unlike the vanilla cake frosting, this was almost mousse-like, which lent a terrific lightness to such a rich treat with the layers of chocolate cake.
Again, the real gem here is the topper featuring everyone’s favorite Hatter.
Sure, maybe he’s a little crazy! But remember… “We’re all mad here.”
So you may as well join in the fun!
Which Gourmet Cake Cup would you try first? Tell us in the comments below!