Review: “Lady and the Tramp” and “Cinderella” Cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and love is in the air… and in the current seasonal cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

If you’re stopping by Starring Rolls Cafe or the brand new Trolley Car Cafe (not to mention other Quick Service locations around the park such as Backlot Express and ABC Commissary), you’ll be able to spot the latest cupcake creation celebrating Valentine’s Day with a tribute to a much-loved Disney couple: Lady and the Tramp.

Lady and the Tramp Cupcakes

Lady and the Tramp Cupcakes

Cinderella has received her own tribute of baked goodness as well. And while she’s certainly no stranger to romance herself, this cupcake has as much to do with the upcoming March 13th release of the live-action Cinderella film as it does Valentine’s Day. (And don’t forget, if you visit Hollywood Studios from now through April 11th, you can see the Golden Coach used in the film on display in the Streets of America!)

Cinderella Cupcakes

Cinderella Cupcakes

It’s a classic chocolate versus vanilla showdown between the two: the Lady and the Tramp Cupcake features red velvet cake with dark chocolate ganache, while the Cinderella Cupcake is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting.

Cupcake sign and descriptions

Cupcake sign and descriptions

The fun factor is obvious upon spotting each cupcake. Starting with the Lady and the Tramp Cupcake, the

fondant art on the white chocolate heart topper celebrates a Disney film moment we all know and love. It just doesn’t get much more iconic than the “Bella Notte” spaghetti scene!

Lady and the Tramp Cupcake

Lady and the Tramp Cupcake

White Chocolate Heart with fondant art

White Chocolate Heart with fondant art

The chocolate ganache is more of a detail than a main feature of the icing on top, but the richness of it makes for plenty to go around (it’s tucked underneath the icing as well as drizzled on top).

I thought the chocolate icing was the most unique component here, since it was like a heavy mousse of sorts. I know that sounds contradictory, but I mean that it was somehow airy in texture, yet dense and rich in flavor at the same time, with a hearty helping of candy sprinkles (see what I did there? ;) ).

Icing and sprinkles with ganache drizzle

Icing and sprinkles with ganache drizzle

No filling in the base — just a basic red velvet, which unfortunately I found to be rather dry. The more subtle cocoa flavor of the red velvet, though, was helped along by the rich topping.

Red Velvet Cake base

Red Velvet Cake base

Like many treats that pop up across the country around Valentine’s Day, this one’s made with chocolate lovers in mind.

Vanilla fans will be drawn more to the Cinderella Cupcake. Cinderella’s white chocolate slipper sits on a small cushion of pink icing topping a huge, thick blue frosting base.

Cinderella cupcake

Cinderella cupcake

White Chocolate Slipper

White Chocolate Slipper

Despite the blue color, the flavor of the frosting is entirely true to its vanilla description on the sign, and it comes heavily sprinkled with sugar and edible glitter, which bring to mind the shine and sparkle of Cinderella’s slipper.

Frosting closeup

Frosting closeup

Sugar rim and vanilla cake base

Sugar rim and vanilla cake base

Again, no surprise filling inside — simply a vanilla cake, though this time the cake was nicely moist.

Vanilla cake base

Vanilla cake base

I must say, for all of the fun flavor combos to be found in Disney cupcakes across property, there are few things I like more than a good ol’ basic vanilla cupcake, and this one fit that bill exactly. The only exception to that statement was the heavy sprinkling of sparkly sugar that added a fun, unexpected crunch to the whole thing. I really liked this one, and for me, it was the winner of the two.

If over-the-top flavors are what you’re looking for, remember that you can always find those in the likes of the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake at Starring Rolls, and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake and Butterfinger Cupcake found at Starring Rolls AND The Trolley Car Cafe. But if you’re in the mood for simple and classic cupcake flavors, either of these two seasonal cupcakes should do the trick just fine — each with the added bonus of Disney character heart.

Would you like to try the Lady and the Tramp or Cinderella Cupcake? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Jenny says

    I’m more of a chocolate person so Lady and the Tramp will be my choice.

    Both do look good though.
    :)

  2. says

    Lady and the Tramp sounds good, though hopefully I will get a more moist cake! Does anyone know if this means they no longer have the Baymax cupcakes? I will be down there next week and I was really hoping to try that one!

  3. Essie says

    I’m a chocolate lover, but I’d be happy with either of these; if I could only have one it would probably be the Lady ad the Tramp. Choices can be tough….

  4. Debbied says

    Thanks for featuring the cupcakes. Was able to find the Lady and the Tramp red velvet one at Pizza Planet in HS. It was delicious and a nice treat for our family to help celebrate Valentine’s Day! I am a big Lady and the Tramp fan so I was thrilled!

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