We love us some cupcakes here at the Disney Food Blog (check out our Disney Cupcake Challenge!), and no year in review could possibly be complete without an ode to some of our favorites!
So for your delicious viewing pleasure: DFB’s Favorite Cupcakes of 2018!
Oh, yes. The year in cupcakes kicked off in high gear with the grandest cupcake of them all: the Rose Gold Cupcake! We found this beauty way back in January at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s Future World, and then rose gold treats suddenly began appearing everywhere!
We didn’t hate the rose gold trend. We were in for the ears, the spirit jerseys, and — especially — the cupcakes! This one from Main Street Bakery was a big hit due to all. that. frosting!
Of course, the only thing better than one Disney food trend in a cupcake is TWO Disney food trends in a cupcake! Thanks to Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, we got to enjoy the Rose Gold Unicorn Cupcake!
The unicorn trend was a big hit on land and at sea, as we saw on the Disney Dream! Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats offered this ah-mazing Unicorn Cupcake with several different colored frostings, two types of sprinkles, and a beautiful golden horn!
Disneyland got in on the Unicorn Cupcake action with this colorful offering at Jolly Holiday. Aside from the obviously cute unicorn design, this cupcake was a winner because of that enormous swirl of frosting!
Spring came to Walt Disney World with a vengeance (and a cupcake!). The Flower Crown Cupcake we picked up at the Main Street Bakery was a beauty! We loved the rock candy-like ears and the raspberry buttercream filling — two awesome surprises! Plus those flowers. Sigh.
In 2018, Animal Kingdom celebrated 20 years (how is this possible?!) of bringing the natural world to the theme park masses with its Party for the Planet, and that equated to some terrific treats! The Tree of Life Cupcake did a great job of evoking the park icon, and it was classically flavored: vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream.
Remember when Millennial Pink was everywhere? For a while, you really couldn’t turn around at Walt Disney World without finding a Millennial Pink cupcake — and we loved this one from Contempo Cafe at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!
We also fell head-over-heels for the Monorail Cupcake at Contempo Cafe. Note that while most of the cupcakes at Contempo rotate in and out of the pastry case, we’re seeing this with more regularity!
The opening of Toy Story Land was one of the highlights of 2018! And naturally, Disney’s Hollywood Studios brought the playtime all the way into the treats! We loved this colorful Toy Story Land Cupcake (available in various locations in the park!) with its iconic colors and the Luxo Ball front and center! It was great, sugary fuel for all that Slinky Dog Dash-ing!
And what’s a gathering of cupcakes from the year without a couple of mermaids? We spotted this gorgeous Mermaid Cupcake at Disney’s BoardWalk Bakery! The chocolate shells take it over-the-top!
Meanwhile at Main Street Bakery, we made this Mermaid Cupcake part of our world and loved its sugar cookie tail! And that seafoam frosting was so subtle and pretty!
You might’ve thought that a review of the year’s cupcakes might preclude mentions of Dole Whip — but you’d be mistaken. 😉 All-Star Music’s Intermission Food Court had a Dole Whip Cupcake — with a pipette of sweet pineapple sauce! Hello, you tropical beauty!
Speaking of beauties, the Enchanted Rose Cupcake at Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom captured Belle perfectly — with bright yellow petals to mimic her iconic gown and a vibrant red rose. This is a cupcake for those who prefer the cake to the frosting, but if you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan, you gotta have this one either way!
Halloween came early to Magic Kingdom, and we were at the very first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party of 2018 (in August!!) to bring you all the spooky eats. The Not-So-Poison Apple Cupcake was an all-day treat throughout the season, and this jumbo cupcake was so good it reigned atop our list of Halloween eats!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Berry Cupcake was another sweet Halloween find — this time at Contempo Cafe! We loved the raspberry filling inside the dyed vanilla cake, but the real star of this cupcake was all the detail on the witch’s hat!
Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Resort also go into the Halloween spirit with this epic Poison Apple Cupcake! The apple-flavored cupcake was filled with caramel, so it evoked fall in its flavors and spookiness in its appearance!
Also in the fall we spotted the cutest cupcake ever: it’s Mike Wazowski with one I! This masterpiece was discovered in Sunshine Seasons, and it was honestly too cute to eat. The colors, the expression, the details: it was cupcake art at its finest!
This Cheshire Cat Cupcake from All-Star Music was yet another colorful character cupcake that we just couldn’t get enough of! That bright pink and purple frosting was strawberry buttercream, and the classic Cheshire Cat smile was a simple but effective decoration!
In November, we celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday with all the birthday treats we could find! This classy cupcake from Gasparilla Grill at the Grand Floridian was beautiful in its design, from the bright blue birthday hat and tie to the distinctive ears and Mickey-fied wrapper. So much thought went into the styling — we just loved it.
We found this fun Birthday Cake Cupcake at Contempo Cafe (yup — they slay the cupcake game there!). Check out those incredible Mickey balloon-like chocolate pieces! Plus, atop that mountain of cream cheese frosting was a fondant birthday cake! Cake on top of cake = our favorite.
Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort also celebrated Mickey with a cupcake on top of its Happy Birthday Cupcake! A tiny fondant cupcake was held by a fondant Mickey hand, and we loved it!
The holiday season kicked off at Walt Disney World with tons of awesome seasonal eats, and Sunshine Seasons — once again! — brought its A-game! This seasonal Gift Cupcake is red velvet and coated in frosting, but it’s the four gifts on top (Twix bars covered in fondant!) that really take the cake!
And how could we NOT mention this massive Wreck-It Ralph Sugar Rush pile-o-frosting that is the featured cupcake at Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom this holiday season! This one is a vanilla and red velvet cupcake with a very pepperminty frosting, so be prepared for some serious peppermint vibes here! The green hands are krispy treats :-D.
Finally, this Apple-Cinnamon Wreath Cupcake at the Grand Floridian is a sweet and classic way to say Happy Holidays! Plus it tastes great. 😉
Yup, reliving the year in cupcakes is a delicious task, and we look forward to bringing you many, many more cupcakes in 2019!!
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Which of the twelve cupcakes of 2018 did you love the most? Let us know in the comments!