Peppermint Cupcakes have arrived for the Season at BoardWalk Bakery!

Disney World’s BoardWalk Bakery always delights and surprises guests for the holidays with new treats and fun sweets. We couldn’t wait to see what they’d come up with this season!

Come On In!

Aaah… BoardWalk Bakery! 2013 was a big year for this beloved snack stop! In April, it reopened after a lengthy refurbishment, offering much more space to hold all those tasty treats!

Home to the classic Cheesecake Brownie and the new Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie, it’s now also home to one of the first standout specialty cupcakes of the holiday season: The Peppermint Cupcake!

Peppermint Cupcakes at Boardwalk Bakery

It was easy to spot this standout in the bakery case, finding its place next to a couple of the Bakery’s tried-and-trues: Oreo Bon Bon and Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.

Ore Bon Bon and Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

It’s hard to say which was more intriguing at first glance… the crème de menthe candy pieces popping out from the top, or the fact that this cupcake totally sparkles!

Peppermint Cupcakes ready for the Holiday Season

Let’s take a closer look! [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Cupcakes With Flair!

We are back with another installment of Disney Food Pics of the Week. Thanks to all of you super talented photographers who post on Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza, our Flickr group!

Today, we’re celebrating what I think should be classified as a fifth food group. That’s right — we are all about Cupcakes in today’s post! Be sure to check out some of our favorite Disney Cupcakes in our Cupcake Gallery…but in the meantime, we’ve got some sweets to share…!

Honey Lemon Cupcake

The Honey Lemon Cupcake from Disneyland’s Hungry Bear restaurant has to be one of the cutest cupcakes I’ve seen at Disney to date. Topped with a sweet little honey bee and a sprinkle of edible gold glitter, you find the same delish frosting that crowns it also serves as a filling! (Read a review of the cupcake, plus other menu items at Hungry Bear, here.)

Photographer: Hilary White

Honey Lemon Cupcake from The Hungry Bear

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcake

Mangia! I always look forward to digging into hearty and delicious dishes when I visit [Read more…]

Review: Chocolate Butterfinger and Orange Marmalade Cupcakes at The Mara in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

DFB author Wendy tempts us with treats from The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World!

Steps away from the Uzima pool at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and head over to The Mara!

This awesome counter-service spot is a hidden gem, and well worth your time to head over to AKL and explore. We’re always impressed with the offerings here — many of which have an African flavor — and they’ve surprised us again with some unique desserts in the bakery case!

Let’s head over and see what we can find… .

The Mara

Located on the bottom level of Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Mara has a nature-ific theme — including “trees” that grow up onto the ceiling!

The Mara

The Mara has earned its reputation for some truly unique quick service options: African Stew, a rotating array of soups, and the Falafel Pita, to name a few.


Previously, though, The Mara Bakery has flown under the radar as a spot for unique desserts.

Though you can certainly find some awesome items in The Mara’s chilled grab-and-go section (HELLO, Zebra Domes!), the bakery case itself often seemed to feature items that are standard across Disney Resorts, especially in comparison to spots like the Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Café or the Polynesian’s Captain Cook’s, where one can often make a new dessert discovery.

Mara Bakery

Bakery Case at The Mara

So it was with some excitement that I went in to sample the Zebra and Giraffe Cupcakes, unique to The Mara!

Cupcakes on the menu


I must say, while my visit was intended for the cupcakes, it was a little difficult to stick to the plan when my gaze fell upon the Peanut Butter Brownie, and the Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcake complete with Oreo Mickey Ears (this one, of course, being unique to the Halloween season)!

Peanut Butter Brownie

Candy Corn Cupcake with Oreo Mickey Ears

Oh, and by the way, Candy Bar Brownie… one day, you WILL be mine.

Candy Bar Brownie

Even among these happy distractions, however, I was able to regain focus rather quickly, thanks to the awesome presentation of the Zebra and Giraffe Cupcakes. These would stand out in any bakery case!

Giraffe Cupcakes in Case

Zebra cupcakes in case

I love how the animal themeing of these cupcakes help them fit right into their surroundings!

Safari theme at The Mara

Alright, let’s dig in!

Zebra Cupcake

Right off the bat, it should be noted that The Mara’s Zebra Cupcake is NOT the same Zebra Cupcake that you may have enjoyed previously at Animal Kingdom. (And to those of you who became understandably excited when you read the name of this cupcake, I offer my apologies!).

Zebra Cupcake from Animal Kingdom park

Considered on its own, however, this Zebra Cupcake is exactly [Read more…]

Review: NEW Lemon Blueberry Cupcake from BoardWalk Bakery

During my recent trip to Walt Disney World for opening week of the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, I got the chance to visit the BoardWalk Inn and Villas right out side of Epcot.

I love that resort for the close proximity to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But there’s another great reason to stop by: you’re steps away from BoardWalk Bakery!

And wouldn’t you know it, as I was walking by the bakery I read a twitter message from someone that mentioned a brand new cupcake! I had to stop in and check it out! (Thanks to whoever tweeted that, by the way!)

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake

We know that the Disney pastry chefs just lurve the whole lemon-blueberry combo, as do I. We’ve seen it pop up on menus from the Cinderella’s Royal Table (see my dinner review here) to Yachtsman Steakhouse (and here’s my account of dinner there), and lots of other places, too. (A moment of silence for Jiko’s House-Made Meyer Lemon Curd with Blueberry Compote, White Chocolate Biscotti, and Sour Cream Ice Cream.)

So it was no surprise that now we have the Lemon Blueberry Cupcake!

Rows of Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes in the Bakery Case

I pounced on this one in a heartbeat, even leaving behind a couple of my favorites, like the Salted Caramel Ganache and Lemon Meringue Tart, just so I could try it!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake in Its Handy Carry Case

Out of the container, Disney cupcake connoisseurs will note that [Read more…]

Guest Review: Minnie Mouse Cupcake at Captain Cook’s Snack Company

Welcome DFB guest author Emily with a review of a new cupcake! The adorable Minnie Mouse Cupcake is found at Captain Cook’s Snack Company in the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World.

I recently came across the wonderful Minnie Mousse Cupcake at Captain Cook’s in Disney’s Polynesian Resort — home of many unique cupcakes, including the Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcake and the Chocolate Beer Cupcake!

Minnie Mouse Cupcake.

The bottom is a very light chocolate cake. In fact, I couldn’t decide if there was a bit of mocha flavoring. The cake was good, but [Read more…]

LIVE! Disney’s Monstrous Summer 24-Hour All-Nighter FOOD!

Woo!! I’m having a great time watching all of the tweets and photos of food and goodies at Disney World and Disneyland to celebrate the 24-Hour Monstrous Summer Kick-Off!

Monstrous Summer Kick-Off!

Here are just a few of the goodies happening in the parks today!

Disney Monstrous Summer All Nighter Food

Disney’s Monstrous Summer All-Nighter Food!

Our newest addition to the list of Monstrous eats is this Chicken and Waffles goodness from Disneyland’s Plaza Inn!

Chicken and Mickey Waffles at Disneyland's Plaza Inn!

This awesome addition is from @DisneyARK!! An Eye-Scream Sundae at The Plaza Restaurant!

Eye-Scream Strawberry Sundae at The Plaza Restaurant

Another fun new addition: the soft serve ice cream is Mike-and-Sully-Colored today!! Check out this iced coffee float from @TimWeston. Still vanilla ice cream, just themed!

Blue and Green Iced Coffee Float!

This Mike cupcake is awesome!

Monstrous Summer All-Nighter Specialty Cupcake

Love this Mike Cupcake!

The Confectionery at Disney World is offering a case-full of Green and Blue today! All of our favorite treats have taken on monstrous hues to celebrate.

Everything's Blue and Green at the Confectionery!

Even the caramel apples and cake pops are [Read more…]

Snack Series: Mickey Mouse Cupcake (and More!) at Art of Animation Resort

There is never a dull moment when you hit up Landscape of Flavors Food Court at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

I recently got to stay at AOA and couldn’t wait to share some of the fun grab-and-go eats we found. Today, we’re looking at a DFB favorite: cupcakes!

Mickey Oreo Cupcake

First up, this happy little find! While I’ve seen this type of cupcake elsewhere, this is the first spot I’ve seen it with the added Mickey white chocolate face!

Oreo Mickey Cupcake

Under the lid, you’ll find a fairly standard yellow cupcake with buttercream frosting. But the little white chocolate Mickey face and Oreo “ears” add a little something special to the mix.

Oreo Mickey Cupcake -- Outside the Box

Concerned about [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland Review: Lavender Vanilla Bean Easter Cupcake

Strolling through Disney California Adventure, I decided to take a peek inside Trolley Treats to see if they had anything new I needed to try. Sure enough, as I walked past the refrigerated goodie counter, I noticed a Specialty Easter cupcake.

We told you about the Easter Cupcake in Disney World a bit earlier, but this one is a little different!

Easter Specialty Cupcake

I had my two year old niece with me, so of course I purchased one up quick and took it outside for us to share.

At first glance while ordering I saw “white” cake beneath the wrapper, so I assumed that this was just a vanilla cupcake adorably decorated for Easter. Wrong. Always ask for a flavor when you see the words “Specialty Cupcake.” 2 year olds do not like Lavender Vanilla Bean cupcakes… I mean they like the look of them, but the taste not so much.

Lavender Vanilla Easter Cupcake

Absolutely gorgeous with intricate details, I had a very hard time figuring out how to share this cupcake with a two year old.

Imagine the torture of sitting there while Auntie has to take 15 photographs before digging in.

"NO Touching, not yet Auntie needs to take pictures first!"

So after my little photo shoot, I took off the wrapper and noticed all these little “specks” in the cake. Immediately I thought “what in the world is this situation?”

The “official” description (which I got later) was [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 17, 2013

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I hope you’re having an awesome celebration (and, just so you know, hanging out and eating cake would be a perfectly acceptable “celebration” as far as I’m concerned) and enjoying your green-tinted holiday!

We showcased a few St. Paddy’s Day treats that have popped up in Disney World yesterday, and we can’t wait to hear about everything you’re finding as well. Also, is having a sitewide sale TODAY ONLY! Use code “green” at the check-out for 17% off. Seems like a good day for shopping… ;-)

But, in the meantime, let’s head out to explore a bit of the Disney Food News that’s been in the headlines this week!

Disney Food News

Find out what’s been happening this week in the world of Disney Food!

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, Extra Dates for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds!

If you find a fun new food — or other awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday! This week we have some goodies that our readers sent in from home!

First up, Erin at OPKitchen sent us these friendly faces. She exclaimed, “we came as close as we could!” Looks great to me!!

Homemade Mickey Waffles!

Check out this classic original Mickey Waffle maker in the original box! Wow! Sent in by Tiffany L. — thanks for sharing! Let us know how they turn out!

Classic Mickey waffle maker!

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“Let the Memories Begin!”

Save TODAY at! is having a sitewide sale today! Take 17% off sitewide with code GREEN! :-) Here are a few fun treats you can indulge in for a discount today ONLY!

Start your summer fun early with these re-useable Mickey Mouse ice cubes!

Bring some Disney magic to game night with this Disney Monopoly Edition!

Click here to see more fun goodies for sale today only!

On to the Round-Up!

Orlando Sentinel highlights the career of Sushi Chef Yoshi Cabral from the California Grill. Happy retirement!

Disneyland News talks with the Carthay Circle Restaurant’s Executive Chef Andrew Sutton!

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After Blog highlights alternative wedding desserts – it’s not just about cake anymore!

Candy Industry shares that Jelly Belly has partnered with Disney.

AllEars reviews the Grand Floridian’s Citricos restaurant.

Main Street Gazette gives a little redemption to Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World.

Disney Every Day reviews menu items at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.

Have a great week, everyone!

Review: Lemon Meringue Cupcake and MORE at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

We’re always looking forward to the newest cupcake creations in Disney World. And even though we JUST shared a new favorite Disney cupcake with you last week, I couldn’t wait to tell you about these, too!

As you know, counter-service locations like ABC Commissary, Starring Rolls, Pizza Planet, and other Disney’s Hollywood Studios restaurants, often feature specialty cupcakes. Here are a few to add to your Disney Snack list on your next trip!

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Thanks to twitter friend Kat Rembacki and DFB reader Jessica Plassio for sending us news of this sweet temptation!

This is the perfect confection for those who (like me) love a little sour with their sweet. In this newly debuted Lemon Meringue Cupcake, you’ll find yellow cake and a frothy toasted marshmallow frosting.

Gorgeous cupcake!

The pretty colored chocolate shavings are a nice Springtime touch! But there’s more…!!

And we’re happy to report that the “surprise inside” [Read more…]