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.)
This small snack stop next to the Mad Tea Party (the teacups ride!) is adorably themed with whimsical swirls of color, but previously it was known primarily as a spot to grab a piece of fruit for breakfast, or a cold soda or Raspberry Lemonade Slush on a hot afternoon.
Not so, anymore! The Cheshire Café has become a must-stop for many ever since Gourmet Cake Cups hit the scene. In fact, there have been days when these eye-catching goodies have sold out entirely.
And that’s bound to happen a bit more often… especially now that Cheshire Café has introduced TWO MORE CAKE CUPS to the line up! Say hello to the White Chocolate Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Strawberry Shortcake Cake Cups!
For those unfamiliar with these gems, a Gourmet Cake Cup is like a cupcake in its ingredients (cake and frosting), but presented parfait-style. In addition to the frosting on top, there are multiple layers of frosting between the layers of cake, all served in a cup. And yes, they are very, VERY sweet.
Gourmet Cake Cups are known and loved for two things: absolutely terrific – and even artistic – presentation… and oodles upon oodles of frosting! Let’s take a closer look at the new arrivals…
And here is another view of the duo!
The White Chocolate Rabbit Cake Cup (inspired, obviously by the always-late White Rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland”) is a yellow cake base that is “sprinkled” throughout with small bits of chocolate cake.
The frosting is a delicious buttercream, and the “White Chocolate” in the name stems from those cute bunny ears made of white chocolate (with small ribbons of milk chocolate) peeking out of the frosting.
The detailing in the sugared flower is a gorgeous touch, and the sprinkling of the garnish adds a nice crunch (and, if I detected correctly, lent a small bit to more of the white chocolate taste).
And we couldn’t resist giving you a glimpse of the layers through DFB Cake Cup Funnel Vision !
The frosting on this one, as with its new counterpart, is not mile-high a’ la the Mad Hatter Mocha and Cheshire Cupcake Cake Cups. However, the frosting is more dense on each of the new Cups, and VERY tasty. I clearly enjoyed the frosting on the original Cake Cups, but it strikes me as even higher quality on the new ones… and there is still PLENTY of it!
The Queen of Hearts Strawberry Shortcake Cake Cup also has a yellow cake base. However, in this case the layers have the addition of a flavorful strawberry purée.
The frosting is also strawberry, and the artistic toppers are again fantastic: from the Queen of Hearts fondant playing card to the “We’re Painting the Roses Red” soft sugar rose, down to the heart sprinkles.
What really stood out to me here was the outstanding strawberry flavor in both the cake layers and the frosting. WOW! It’s just a burst of genuine strawberry with every bite. I tried to get a close up picture of the frosting so you could see some of the small red bits of strawberry in it.
I was really impressed that this wasn’t simply a strawberry-flavored pink frosting, and it’s obvious when you taste it.
And here’s one more in Cake Cup Funnel Vision .
In case you’re wondering what’s happened to the previous Cake Cups… I noticed a little something on my visit. The Cake Cups on the sign are magnetic, and get switched out with the Cake Cups that are available that day. I spotted the Cheshire Cupcake Cake Cup magnet on the back of the sign, so it’s not gone for good we hope.
It’s just that the Cake Cups are expanding… and I’m ALL FOR IT!! I, for one, am now keeping my fingers crossed for Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Cake Cups. And why not? Almost anything is possible in Wonderland!
Which Cake Cup tops your “Must-Try” list? Please let us know with a comment!