Review: Watermelon Cupcake at Disney’s Contempo Cafe

Lovers of Disney Cupcakes — this one’s for you!

I just returned home from a family trip to Walt Disney World, and you better believe I had to check out all the new eats in the pastry case at the Contempo Cafe.

This counter service location, conveniently located on the Magic Kingdom Resort Monrail loop at the Contemporary Resort, takes extra care to keep things fresh and new. And that’s especially true when it comes to cupcakes. We loved the recent Star Wars Cupcake we enjoyed there.

During my most recent visit, I came away with two fun new cupcakes to share with you — the first one is up today!

Watermelon Cupcake

What says, “Hellooooo, Summer!” better than watermelon? And so, the pastry team at the Contemporary kicks off the busy season with this beautiful Watermelon Cupcake.

It’s super cute, right? Piped Pink Buttercream swirls around the cake’s crown, and the Green Sprinkles give that perfect color contrast that announces the theme here.

Watermelon Cupcake

Watermelon Cupcake

I also love the Chocolate Chips that mimic watermelon seeds, and the White Chocolate disk on top lends a Contemporary flair. (Get it? ;-D)

But I didn’t really know what to expect. After all, I’ve never encountered watermelon in the “summer fruit cake” world. Sure, you can find your fair share of pink cake purported to be strawberry or raspberry. But watermelon?

Watermelon Cupcake

Watermelon Cupcake

So this is weird — and maybe it’s just my brain playing tricks on me — but to my tastebuds this seemed very much like Strawberry Cake and Strawberry Frosting. So much so that I had to second guess myself thinking they had made a mistake and done a strawberry cupcake instead of the advertised watermelon one (it kind of looks like a strawberry, too, right?).

BUT, Disney says it’s watermelon, so there you go. Just don’t expect a super watermelon-y flavor.

Now, inside (’cause Contempo cupcakes always have a surprise inside), we have straight vanilla pudding. And I think it’s perfect. I do love when I find fruit filling, more frosting, and other goodies inside, but — maybe it’s just my love of all things Boston Cream — I do love the cool, smooth, weighty texture of pudding inside a cupcake.

Watermelon Cupcake -- Inside

Watermelon Cupcake — Inside

Overall, this was a decent cupcake. The cake was moist, and let’s face it — there’s just something happy about pink cake. You can’t be sad when you eat something this adorable. So if the Looks-like-Watermelon-but-Tastes-like-Strawberry Cupcake sounds good to you, then RUN! Don’t Walk! to the Contempo Cafe. Because it will only be available through the end of May.

And if this was the only cupcake I’d eaten that day I would have walked away thinking this was a good, summery winner. BUT, it was NOT the only cupcake I ate that day, and the next one — which we’ll be reviewing in the next few days — was the runaway WINNER. I can’t WAIT to share the Churro Cupcake with you! ;-) Stay tuned!

Now I wanna hear from you! Is the Strawberry-flavored Watermelon Cupcake a must-have for you? Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts below!


  1. Essie says

    I’d love to try it, but it won’t be staying long enuf! I never go in the summer, anymore.

  2. Beth says

    I was there last week and I agree with you–not watermelon flavored at all. I didn’t think it was strawberry flavored either: it just tasted like buttercream frosting and vanilla cupcake to me. Maybe they changed it up?

  3. Marci says

    Sad to report, here today to rry the cupcake and they have replaced it with a pineapple cupcake that doesn’t sound too appealing.

  4. Cindy Martinez says

    They changed it already? Maybe the “watermelon” cupcake didn’t sell. I was so hoping to try it on our August visit.

  5. says

    Cindy — The Contempo Cafe bakery staff rotate their cupcake flavors fairly frequently, and unfortunately, we tried (and shared) the watermelon cupcake toward the end of its rotation. But we’re sure they have plenty of lovely flavors waiting in the wings! :-)

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