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.)
Oooooh, we’re talkin’ CAKE TODAY!!!!!
Okay, okay — so technically, National Cake Day was yesterday, apparently. But since we had so much fun with National Pie Day last week, I thought it would be awesome to start sharing some of my favorite Disney cakes. (I’m pretty shocked I haven’t done a cake post before — so much goodness to talk about!)
So here’s the deal with cake at Disney. It can take many forms… . And we’re going to include a bunch of ‘em! In honor of National Cake Day, let’s take a look at some of our favorite entries into the category of cake!
Gourmet Cake Cups at Cheshire Cafe
I recently discovered Cake Nirvana at Disney. Because, in my universe, eating cake is usually a thinly-disguised, socially acceptable way to consume as much frosting as possible.
If you’re giving me a piece of cake, I’m getting a corner piece, with as many frosting roses as possible. That’s just how I roll.
So it’s always pretty great when a bakery can get on board with the “Frosting is the Whole Point!!” perspective. And Cheshire Cafe at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has done just exactly that.
With their beautifully themed Gourmet Cake Cups, you can choose from a Vanilla Cheshire Cake Cup or a Mad Hatter Mocha Cake Cup. Characters from Alice in Wonderland are silk-screened onto a sweet round of white fondant and top each of the cake cups. (Sometimes. Sometimes you don’t get the characters. But who cares.)
THIS is what you get when you order. Confetti cake. FROSTING. Confetti cake. FROSTING. Confetti cake. F R O S T I N G!!!!!!
Yep. That’s all frosting on top. There’s no cake there my friends. And it’s glorious. Thick, bakery buttercream that’s so sugary it’ll make you sick. LOVE!
I know a lot of you don’t have the love affair with frosting that I do, but for those who feel the same — you’re welcome!
Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Rolls
And how could we pay homage to cake without mentioning the original single serving cake? We are talking Disney Cupcakes, of course!
This is one monster chocolate cupcake that you must experience to believe. Well, the cake is chocolate. And so is that incredible fudgy middle. But the pile of frosting on top is pure heavenly vanilla, topped with a crown of Butterfinger candy bar crumbs!
It’s a classic for good reason.
Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at Liberty Tree Tavern
I’ve been a little freaked out by reports that one of my absolute favorite cake creations, the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern, has been on and off the lunch menu lately.
And if you are like me and spent some time not ordering this dessert because you thought it was just plain ol’ cake, then think again the next time you’re at Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch.
It’s actually a cross between something kinda gooey and something kind of chocolate chip cookie-like. And crowned with a big scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of toffee bits, I’ll be honest. It’s a little blissful.
Now we won’t panic if it takes a bit of a hiatus — after all, we have a handy recipe at our fingertips if it does disappear for a while — but please, for the love of chocolate and the very definition of ooey-gooey — don’t do it, Disney!
Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney
How can you possibly improve on Cheesecake? Well, if this question has kept you up at night, then you’ll be excited to hear my solution: put a stick in the end and freeze it! Brilliant, yes?
Because then, your Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick becomes a multi-tasking, eat-and-stroll snack! I was delighted to find this novel frozen treat on a recent trip to Disneyland at the Gelato Bars Kiosk in Downtown Disney. It’s creamy and refreshing. And I was so surprised at just how perfect the texture was!
If cheesecake is one of your favorite desserts, you totally owe it to yourself to give this version a try!
Seasonal Funnel Cakes
And on a hot, sunny day, funnel cake topped with ice cream is delicious!
One of our favorite versions that we see during the summer season is Strawberry Funnel Cake.
And of course, when the weather turns a little cooler, it’s awesome to nosh on a Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake. It’s one of our favorite Fall treats in Epcot.
I love that Disney is always offering different flavors for this classic theme park treat. In this way, even though it’s something familiar, it’s something new at the same time!
Carrot Cake Cookie at Writer’s Stop
If you’re looking for me in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, your chances of finding me in Writer’s Stop are better than good!
This unassuming little coffee shop is a great place to take a breather from all of the exciting rides in the park. Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee and look at a book or two. And while you’re there, you’ve gotta try the another of our favorite entries into the cake genre — the Carrot Cake Cookie.
Two soft and spicy cakey cookies are held together with a goodly amount of delicious cream cheese frosting.
And given that I’m a big fan of carrot cake in general, this is one of my all time favorites, and a great (and portable!) way to enjoy these classic flavors! I always get one to keep in the fridge at my hotel and nosh on for a few days!
But we couldn’t wrap up a post about cake without at least one entry that features a classic — both in form and flavor.
And the Grapefruit Cake at Hollywood Brown Derby is that classic, perfect, layer cake vision. This one really is historical! Yellow cake, delicately flavored with grapefruit and layered together with cream cheese icing, it was originally created as a “healthy treat!” Haha!! Can you imagine?
Well, it must have done the trick, because people are still flocking to the Derby to enjoy it all these years later. (If this all looks and sounds amazing to you, check out our recipe and make it at home.)
That’s our take on celebrating cake when it comes to delicious Disney versions. It’s so fun to think that you can have so many different types of desserts, and yet they can all be cake in some form or another.
We think we’ve just tipped the iceberg with this post, so I’m pretty sure that we’ll be putting together a cake gallery of all of our favorites in the very near future! You can see our other Disney Food Galleries here!
In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite Disney cake? Leave a comment and let us know which ones we should include!