Food Challenge: The Disney Food Blog 2012 Cupcake Crawl

Last year we created a special kind of challenge… It was meant for only the truly brave — the true cake and frosting fans. Some of you took on the sweet mission with enthusiasm and…well…courage.

White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake at Animal Kingdom

Yes, we’re talking about the Disney Cupcake Crawl of 2011!

Now as we come upon the anniversary of this challenge, we’ve been inspired by all of you who have attempted — and even conquered — the Cupcake Crawl! And because Disney Cupcakes are one of our passions around here — Yep, we’ve created a sequel!!

The Disney Food Blog’s 2012 “Walt Disney World Cupcake Crawl” Strategy

Are you ready to take on yet another sugary challenge in the name of sweet snacks?!

Follow the 2012 crawl step by step, or opt to mix and match the 2011 and 2012 challenges. Cupcake success is accomplished when you’ve visited these six locations and sampled at least 7 different cupcakes.

Remember that many Disney World cupcakes are offered seasonally, so if you need to substitute out new options for the ones below, that’s A-OK with us!

Depending on your tolerance level, you may want to split this crawl up over a couple of days. We won’t judge!

Don’t forget, most of these can be purchased for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, so save up those snacks!

CONTEMPORARY RESORT: Cupcakes required = 2

Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Cafe is your starting point for wonderful (and seasonal) cupcakes.

Contempo Cafe
A modern quick service restaurant in the midst of the bustling Contemporary Resort makes a convenient cupcake stop on your way to or from the [Read more…]

Guest Review: Contempo Cafe Dinner and Dessert

Join me in welcoming Kayla Lopez with a review of the Contempo Cafe at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort.

Hello everyone! My name is Kayla and I am absolutely ecstatic and honored to be writing a Guest Review on the amazing Disney Food Blog!

Today, I’m taking you guys to the Contempo Café. Why the Contempo Café you ask? Well, I was running some errands and was taking the resort monorail when I decided it was getting late and I hadn’t really eaten all day. So I decided to hop off at the Contemporary Resort to try out this little place to see what all the fuss was about. (About the cupcakes of course.)

Atmosphere

Contempo Café is located right next to the beloved Chef Mickey’s. It is a bit loud in there, so if you’re looking for a quiet place to eat in the Contemporary, you won’t find it here. But I found it rather enjoyable to hear the song they play inside Chef Mickey’s.

Contemporary Restaurants

This quick-service dining area is much smaller than the “food courts” I’m used to at the Value resorts, which is usually where I would stay when I was still a Guest and not a Cast Member. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a [Read more…]

Snack Series: Contempo Cafe Red Velvet Cupcake

One of our favorite counter-service joints, Contempo Cafe, has perfected another yummo cupcake that I can’t wait to tell you about!

Previously, we’ve shared our reviews of the Apple Spice, Chocoalte Peppermint, Dulce de Leche, and Black Forest cupcakes here at Contempo, and now we’ve got a version of my very favorite cake in the world — the Red Velvet cupcake!

You can find this snack in the bakery case at Contempo Cafe in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World. Just bypass the ordering machines and head right to the cupcakes!

Red Velvet Cupcake

Once again, this cupcake sports the lighter-than-lard frosting common to most Contempo Cafe cupcakes. It’s not as light as a whipped cream frosting, but it is definitely [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 1, 2012

Complimentary Champagne Toast at Victoria and Albert's Chef's Table

Happy New Year, everyone!! We hope your year is filled with delicious treats and lovely toasts, but most of all, we hope your year has a little Disney in it!

To start things out right, here’s a recap of the Disney Food news that’s been happening over the past week while we were all stuffing ourselves with fudge, cookies, and egg nog (oh, wait, that was just me?). ;-) Believe it or not, there were a LOT of developments last week!

Brand New Disney Food News

For more delicious food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups hangs out at the Dawa Bar in the Animal Kingdom. Sigh — so relaxing!! One of my favorite places!

Tokyo Disneyland Club 33 Pins!

RocketNews24 shares six reasons Tokyo Disneyland’s secret restaurant Club 33 is awesome! I’m LOVING the pics in this one!

SamLand Disney takes a power lunch at The Brown Derby restaurant. Check out the vintage phones!

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares a vintage Disneyland photo of the Red Wagon Inn, Walt’s personal favorite restaurant in 1955.

AllEars.net celebrated 15 great years at the beginning of December, and did so with some delicious Disney food.

Main St. Gazette celebrates the season with some Pumpkin Fudge! Great pic, Ryan!

Disney Parks Blog shared recipes for two of Trader Sam’s holiday cocktails! If you can’t make it to Disneyland, make one at home!

Snack Series: Spiced Apple Cupcake from the Contempo Cafe

A dark horse surprise in the Disney cupcake race over the past year has been the Contempo Cafe at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort!

This futuristic counter-service location located right next to Chef Mickey’s Restaurant features some truly yummy eats, including great flatbreads and even Mickey waffles. But it’s the bakery counter that always catches my interest. Whenever I head to Contempo, there’s always a new, massive cupcake to sample.

In the past, we’ve featured the Dulce de Leche Cupcake and the Black Forest Cupcake (with CHERRY PIE FILLING!) — both of which are delicious (my only qualm being the lighter, whipped frosting instead of that lardy buttercream that I like best). We’ve even been lucky enough to get a guest review of the seasonal Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake this year!

Christmas Wreath at Chef Mickey

Another seasonal eat at Contempo Cafe this year takes the “cake” for me. The Spiced Apple Cupcake!

Spiced Apple Cupcake

This yummy treat features a cinnamony-vanilla cake topped with what seemed to me like the same caramel frosting used on the Dulce de Leche Cupcake. Again, the frosting is lighter — not completely whipped cream frosting (you do get a little substance there), but more like [Read more…]

News! Large Mickey Waffles Now Being Served at Contempo Cafe

Get ready for some Mickey Waffle news!!

The Contempo Cafe has bid farewell to the small rectangular waffles that lacked a friendly face smiling up at you prior to devouring your morning meal.

Now, the Contempo Cafe will serve a large, friendlier waffle, just like the ones we recently lost at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom!

Mickey Waffles at Contempo Cafe

That’s right! Even though you can’t find the giant Mickey waffle in the Magic Kingdom anymore, you can find him next door at the Contemporary Resort! Yay!

Mickey Waffle

(Note, small Mickey waffles are [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 11, 2011

Gluhwein in Epcot's Germany

We’re in Walt Disney World this weekend eating lots of good stuff and capturing tons of great photos to share with you as you plan your upcoming Disney trips, including a new caramel apple margarita, an ice cream cookie sandwich filled with pumpkin ice cream, and even a caramel-fudge-cookie sundae that only costs one Disney Dining Plan snack credit!

Speaking of upcoming trips, here’s a bit of Disney food news to keep you in the loop!

Weekly Disney Food News

Want more news? Stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

Disney Food Blog Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts For Disney Fans!

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On to the Round-Up!

WDW For Grown-Ups takes a look at Adult-Friendly Character Meals! Great idea!!

WESH.com names Top 5 Holiday Food Picks at Walt Disney World — written by yours truly!

Goofy at Cape May Cafe -- an Adult-Friendly character meal!

Daveland Blog reminisces about a long-lost Disneyland coffee shop.

DisMarks has another great Disney Blog Carnival this week with lots of fun Disney food articles!

Stuff from the Park travels back in time to take a look at a 1970s menu from the American Egg House at Disneyland.

MiceChat.com reviews dining with diabetes aboard the Disney Dream.

BabyCakes NYC Blog shares the news that Downtown Disney’s Babycakes Bakery will now fulfill vegan and gluten-free cake orders for Disney World resort guests!

Main St. Gazette checks out the scene at Epcot’s Sommerfest! Happy Birthday, Ryan!!

Disney Weddings Blog highlights a new trend — mashed potato bars!

Guest Review: Contempo Cafe’s Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake

Welcome Lindsay D. with a guest review of a seasonal cupcake from the Contempo Cafe! Thanks Lindsay for sharing this festive cupcake with us!

As a self-appointed Walt Disney World tour reviewer, I spend a lot of time on property checking out both official and unofficial tours. I’m often accompanied by my reluctant sister. I’ve learned from experience that the best way to convince her to tour with me is with bribes – of the sweet variety.

A Dole Whip or Carrot Cake Cookie can keep her eye rolls and silent sighs at bay for a good 3-4 hours of touring.

Thankfully, when I found myself on the wrong end of an evil stare on our self-guided tour of holiday decorations, we were already at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Contempo Café cupcakes to the rescue! I had already given her the run down of confectionary options on our tour path, so she knew what to expect. What neither of us expected, however, were seasonal cupcakes.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake with Candy Cane Sprinkles

Despite the immediate need for a [Read more…]

Are You Ready for a Disney Dining Adventure?

We are!! We’re currently working on our upcoming e-Book: DFB Dining Adventures, Start Point: Magic Kingdom Area, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what to expect — as well as give you a reason to start thinking about your own dining adventures!

New DFB Dining Adventures e-Book Coming Soon!

Planning your dining can be extremely time-consuming, and making it fit around your plans in the parks can be even more difficult. We’ve had countless reader requests for pre-planned dining strategies that can be dropped right into your vacation plans. This next installment in our series of useful Disney Dining e-Books is our answer!

But we wanted to take it a step further and make it a LOT more fun than just a bunch of restaurant lists, so we invented the concept of the DFB Dining Adventures!

These adventures are a series of one-day, two-day, or one-week themed dining and attraction strategies that you can mix and match to fit YOUR vacation style! They’re an easy and fun way to make sure your visit to Walt Disney World is 100% unique!

What Will DFB Dining Adventures Look Like?

DFB Dining Adventures will include dining suggestions and activities that all fit into a fun theme! Here are just a few examples of the over 40 different Dining Adventures you’ll have to choose from in our new e-Book!

Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel at Lunching Pad

In our “Totally Tomorrowland” Dining Adventure you’ll make a visit to [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Cupcakes

Thanks for all of the awesome picture submissions to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! The photos are incredible! This week, the Disney Food Pics of the Week feature one of our favorite snack items, cupcakes!

To start out, this Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake at Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is gorgeous and delicious. Who needs a meal when you can have this? ;-)
Photographer: macnunu

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake

The Zebra Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery in Animal Kingdom is a fun, contemporary-looking treat that [Read more…]