So, there’s this trend that keeps popping up over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and we couldn’t be happier about it: seasonal cupcakes can be found pretty much all-year ‘round!
The Fall brought us the Pumpkin Cupcake with Maple Icing, and the holiday season brought us the return of the Gingerbread Cupcake. And they’re starting this year off with a bang… introducing the Blueberry Cupcake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing!
First things first: before you can dig in, you’ve gotta know where to find it. Fortunately (as with most Hollywood Studios specialty cupcakes), you can find them in several Counter Service locations all around the park, including: Toy Story Pizza Planet, Fairfax Fare, ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, and the Studios resident cupcake haven, Starring Rolls Cafe.
Just look for this sign:
The exception to this rule, however, is Starring Rolls. In this case, just look for the cupcakes .
The best thing about seeing it in person, is that — much like the Gourmet Cake Cups found at Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Café — I feel that the “live” appearance of the cupcake exceeds the picture on the sign.
In fact, I looked at it from several angles, just to enjoy all the colors .
Let’s take it from the top… because, in this case, the top is especially cool! The Sorcerer Mickey’s hat (which is obviously an homage to the Park’s icon and, of course, Sorcerer Mickey himself) is made of milk chocolate. This piece is seriously thick and generous in size.
Next up in the eye-catcher department are the colorful and ample chocolate shavings sprinkled all over the icing. (If you look closely, you’ll spy some Mickey sprinkles, too.) They just look like spring, and make the thing so pretty you almost don’t want to cut into it.
I say “almost,” of course, because you totally want to cut into it, because you just have to taste the wonder that is Lemon Cream Cheese Icing.
I’m going to wait a moment to show you the center of the cupcake because the icing alone deserves its own moment in the spotlight. Nicely dense and creamy, and super citrus-y… it’s almost like this cupcake was topped with a slice of lemon cheesecake! And the chocolate sprinkles give each bite a yummy little bit of unexpected texture.
The cake base is where things take an unexpected turn. My best guess before cutting the cupcake in half was a cake sprinkled with bits of blueberry – something akin to a blueberry muffin. The cake, however, is a simple, moist vanilla.
I’m sure you’re as surprised as I was about the blueberry component. There was just a small bit of blueberry filling at the bottom – not in the center as with most cupcake fillings at Disney. I’m guessing here, but I think something may have gone wrong with the making of my particular cupcake.
I’m assuming that the filling was meant to be in the center, and that there should be more of it — akin to the Lemon Blueberry cupcake over at the Boardwalk Bakery. That’s just what the name “Blueberry Cupcake” implies… right? I’d really like to hear from others who try this cupcake to find out if mine was an anomaly.
As for the blueberry filling I did have, it was good – nicely sweet and tart at the same time, and the mixture was smooth. There just wasn’t much of it to speak of.
The final verdict? For me, this one is still very much a GO. Here’s why: the stellar icing on top of the vanilla base was an absolutely fantastic combo. My experience with this one reminds me of how I feel about the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake , also found at Starring Rolls. I can take or leave Red Velvet (“WHAT?!?” I know, I know… I’m in the minority on this), but I am in love with that cupcake because the topping is SO out-of-this-world.
And it’s the same thing here… I would order this again in a heartbeat. If anything, this is simply a case of a misnomer: if my job title was “Namer of Cupcakes”, this one would be called Lemon Cream Cheese Heaven and Also There’s Cake.
Which, come to think of it, might be the reason no one’s offered me the job.
Again, it would be great to hear from any others who have tried it regarding the center… or anything else about it! We’d love to know what you think!
Would you like to try this latest Hollywood Studios cupcake creation? Please let us know with a comment!