Review: Hot Chocolate Cupcake from the Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

So, today we’ve got a SUPER cute cupcake from Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

The restaurant, located on the Concourse in the Resort, is one of my favorite stops for delicious counter service eats. It’s just a monorail ride (or quick walk) away from Magic Kingdom, making it a great option if you need a break during a busy Park day.

But they’ve also featured some truly decadent and beautiful Cupcakes throughout the years. I’m always anxious to pop in every time I’m in town to see what Chef Jeff Barnes and his creative team have come up with!

And on a recent visit, I didn’t come up empty handed when I stopped by for an afternoon snack.

The Hot Chocolate Cupcake

Well, the very last thing that you want in Florida 11 1/2 months out of the year is a steaming cup of anything. So this is a fun nod to hot chocolate without getting any of the “hot!”

It’s pretty great that you get so much description here on the sign…and it’s pretty irresistible, eh?

Hot Chocolate Cupcake -- In the Case, with Description

Hot Chocolate Cupcake — In the Case, with Description

I quickly opted to try this new-to-me cupcake, passing by the ever popular Frozen Cupcake and the classic Red Velvet Cupcake.

It’s definitely super cute, with Toasted Marshmallows on top, a Striped Chocolate Straw, Red Sprinkles, and a mound of light Chocolate Buttercream.

Hot Chocolate Cupcake -- Up Close

Hot Chocolate Cupcake — Up Close

When I cut into it, I found what I’ve come to expect in a Contempo Cupcake: filling, with a cutaway piece of cake inverted so that it forms a base for piping the buttercream. The chocolate cake was also fairly standard — not dry, but nothing spectacular. Perfectly fine, in fact.

The Filling, according to the description card, was Chocolate Marshmallow.

Hot Chocolate Cupcake -- Cross Section

Hot Chocolate Cupcake — Cross Section

It definitely seemed to be different than the light and airy buttercream, but I didn’t get an overwhelming flavor of marshmallow. Still, I loved the looks of this one. I may not have it again and again, but I’m glad I tried it once.

What do you think of the Hot Chocolate Cupcake? Will you be making a trip to the Contempo Cafe to seek it out? Weigh in below with your comments!


  1. JeffC says

    I do believe that will find it’s way into my belly in 37 days! Thanks for the head’s up! The Contempo Cafe has become a staple in our routine for location and some pretty darn good food!

  2. Essie says

    It looks sinfully good. The kind of thing you know you shouldn’t have, but hey, you’re in WDW, right?

  3. Elizabeth says

    This looks DELICIOUS!

    AJ, I’m desperately missing the podcast. Any chance of it returning any time soon?

  4. says

    Elizabeth — Thanks SO much for that feedback! We’re working to get one together soon, and we’ll post it as soon as it’s available! :-D

  5. Allie BC says

    Sounds pretty good but you’d think the topping would be whipped, not chocolate buttercream. I mean, you put whipped cream on top of hot chocolate, and maybe whipped would have been better aesthetically; buttercream, as you can see, sweats in humid environments.

    I do love the marshmallows, though, and the cupcake does look cute.

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