Review: Star Wars Weekends Darth Vader and Yoda Cupcakes

It’s time to CHOOSE YOUR SIDE… by choosing your cupcake! Star Wars Weekends have returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and that means that the Darth Vader Cupcake has made his return as well.

But this time, he’s got a little competition… introducing the Yoda Cupcake, new to Star Wars Weekends this year!

Darth Vader and Yoda Cupcakes

Darth Vader and Yoda Cupcakes

Before you can dig in, you’ve got to know where to find them. Fortunately, upon entering Hollywood Studios you can pick up a Star Wars Weekends Guide letting you know where to find everything from specialty snacks, to character greetings, to merchandise (as well as the general schedule for the weekend).

Star Wars Weekends guide

Star Wars Weekends guide

Star Wars Weekends snacks and locations

Star Wars Weekends snacks and locations

You’ll notice you can find the Darth Vader cupcake in just about every Quick Service location (think Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet, and ABC Commissary, to name a few). But the Yoda Cupcake can only be found alongside Vader in three spots: Starring Rolls Cafe, Backlot Express, and a new spot this year: the Ackbar Snack Bar located inside Darth’s Mall (the Weekends’ prime merchandise location)!!!

Ackbar Snack Bar

Ackbar Snack Bar

Admiral Ackbar takes a sip

Admiral Ackbar takes a sip

Ackbar Snack Bar

Ackbar Snack Bar

Ackbar Snack Bar menu

Ackbar Snack Bar menu

By all means, go to Darth’s Mall, find Ackbar Snack Bar, and gaze upon it in all its glory… then head to Backlot Express or Starring Rolls to get your cupcakes a bit cheaper — they’re $5.75 at Ackbar’s, but they’re $5.19 at the Quick Service spots. (You can use your Disney Dining Plan snack credits for one of these cupcakes anywhere. )

By the way, Ackbar in the photo above is drinking from a Stormtrooper Stein, found at Quick Service locations throughout the park. Awesome.

Stormtrooper Stein

Stormtrooper Stein

Stormtrooper Stein

Stormtrooper Stein

But back to the cupcakes! Let’s start with the new guy… the Yoda Cupcake.

Yoda cupcake

Yoda cupcake

This chocolate cupcake is topped with a Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream frosting (i.e. Nutella) and sprinkled liberally with toffee chocolate candy crunch. Yoda himself is made of white chocolate.

Master Yoda

Master Yoda

As I’ve learned from many a Mickey-shaped snack throughout the years, I go for the ears first.

Yoda sans ears

Yoda sans ears

Sorry, little dude. I still got nothin’ but love for ya.

Anyhoo… I’d mentioned a liberal sprinkle of toffee crunch. That’s to be found in [Read more…]

Snack Series: Blueberry Cupcake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

So, there’s this trend that keeps popping up over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and we couldn’t be happier about it: seasonal cupcakes can be found pretty much all-year ‘round!

The Fall brought us the Pumpkin Cupcake with Maple Icing, and the holiday season brought us the return of the Gingerbread Cupcake. And they’re starting this year off with a bang… introducing the Blueberry Cupcake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing!

Blueberry Cupcake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Blueberry Cupcake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

First things first: before you can dig in, you’ve gotta know where to find it. Fortunately (as with most Hollywood Studios specialty cupcakes), you can find them in several Counter Service locations all around the park, including: Toy Story Pizza Planet, Fairfax Fare, ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, and the Studios resident cupcake haven, Starring Rolls Cafe.

Just look for this sign:

Cupcake sign at ABC Commissary

Cupcake sign at ABC Commissary

The exception to this rule, however, is Starring Rolls. In this case, just look for the cupcakes :) .

Blueberry Cupcakes in Case

Blueberry Cupcakes in Case

The best thing about seeing it in person, is that — much like the Gourmet Cake Cups found at Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Café — I feel that the “live” appearance of the cupcake exceeds the picture on the sign.

In fact, I looked at it from several angles, just to enjoy all the colors :) .

All around the Cupcake!

All around the Cupcake!

Back of the Cupcake

Back of the Cupcake

Let’s take it from the top… because, in this case, the top [Read more…]

Snack Series: Contempo Cafe Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

Time for a great new Disney Cupcake addition to the Contempo Cafe bakery case in Disney World’s Contemporary Resort!

Our love for the Contempo’s Red Velvet Cupcake with its fantabulous cheesecake center, may be rivaled by this one!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake at Contempo Cafe

These cupcakes are pretty large — probably shareable if you’re the sharing type — and topped with a creamy, light frosting. Not quite whipped cream frosting — there’s definitely some heft — but close.

Top of chocolate peanut butter cupcake

Once we went in for our cross-section shot, I was pleased to see the center of the cupcake stuffed with peanut butter filling. And, as expected from a Contempo Cafe cupcake, this wasn’t just more of that light frosting. This was real-life peanut butter filling — more like what you’d expect in a peanut butter [Read more…]

Review: Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake in Epcot

I don’t go to Sunshine Seasons in Epcot nearly enough. (This is true of everyone pretty much, right? ;-) )

This great spot is smack in the middle of the Land pavilion in Epcot, and offers some of the best counter service food in all of Walt Disney World. This includes some very unique desserts, and anytime I DO visit I can’t resist trying out a few new treats. Today: the Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake…

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

This is what I would call an “attractive” cupcake (minus the condensation droplets…sorry about that…). Colorful Mickey sprinkles and dark chocolate curls, thick pink buttercream frosting, chocolate cake — admit it; you’d fall for it, too. But let’s get down to the review of what’s inside!

As my friend and I took initial bites, we debated whether the frosting (I always start with the frosting) was actually [Read more…]

Cupcake Lovers Weekend at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek!

OK, for those of you headed to Orlando (or who live near Orlando) in July, I am truly jealous. The first ever Cupcake Lovers Weekend at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek has officially been announced!!

Scheduled for July 8-10, 2011, this sugary-sweet weekend is open to all guests at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort (sounds like the perfect follow-up to dinner at La Luce…).

As the resort celebrates its SummerBlast! promotion, this event will focus on cupcake-themed activities and events. Most importantly, guests will be able to sample [Read more…]

Challenge: The Disney Food Blog WDW “Cupcake Crawl”

You’ve heard about the Monorail Crawl, Erin just created the Epcot Candy Crawl, and some of you have even attempted “drinking around the World” Showcase, but to my knowledge, this particular mission has never been attempted. It’s a feat only for the strong. A challenge for your sweet tooth. It’s the Cupcake Crawl!

That’s right. Those of you who live for cream cheese frosting, chocolate, cheesecake, and pure decadence — this one is for YOU! Disney Cupcake fans — are you brave enough to try it?

Cupcake Crawl Map -- click for larger image

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

Here’s the plan. You can either follow this step by step or mix and match, but be sure to visit these [Read more…]

New Disney Cupcake Cookbook, Vinylmation, and More!

Erin Foster, our Disney Food for Families columnist, has a few sweet bits of news about cupcake merchandise in Disney parks and resorts!

Remember those Vinylmation cupcake designs we showed you for the Vinylmation Bakery cupcakes? Well, now we get to show you the finished product — and a bunch of other cupcake craziness happening in Disney World!

Bakery Tinkerbell

Cupcakes are a craze, as we know, and while we love the edible Disney cupcakes, we like the inedible ones almost as much! Here’s a run-down of what’s happening for cupcake collectors in Disney World these days…

Cupcake Vinylmation About To Be Released

Planned to be a limited edition set, Vinylmation Bakery will now be offered as an open window box. Sweetness! ;-) While the box still recognizes it as a limited edition, there will be no production limit set for these cute Vinylmations.

A close up look at the figures and packaging shows the adorable cupcake-y Vinylmations. Yum!

Six Flavors

Packaging

The release date is set for June 3, 2011, at the D-Street stores in California and Florida. Created by Susan Foy, the figures have [Read more…]

Snack Series: Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake at Boardwalk Bakery

Once again, cast member Michael S. brings us another new cupcake on Disney property! This one’s for all of you springtime strawberry lovers… and Grand Marnier lovers… ;-)

A Strawberry Shortcake cupcake has joined the other new cupcakes at Boardwalk Bakery!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Yummo! Here’s Michael’s review:

The Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake was probably one of the lightest, most refreshing cupcakes I have had at Disney World. It is the perfect dessert or snack for a hot summer day.

The frosting had the light, fluffy consistency of whipped cream. At first glance you may wonder where the strawberries are, but once you cut it open you will find a generous portion of [Read more…]

Snack Series: New Carrot Cake Cupcake at Wilderness Lodge

I was pretty lucky to meet cast member Michael S. last month on my visit to Walt Disney World!

This week, Michael sent along an awesome find — a new carrot cake cupcake at Roaring Fork in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

Wilderness Lodge Carrot Cake Cupcake

Looks pretty great to me. Here’s Michael’s review:

The cupcake was absolutely amazing! The frosting was definitely the best part, so sweet and creamy. It reminded me very much of the carrot cake cookie that I often get at the Writer’s Stop at Hollywood Studios, only in cupcake form. I will also add that the carrot cake itself was very moist. Overall the cupcake was [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 17, 2011

Peanut Butter Cupcake

Welcome to the DFB Round-Up! An exciting announcement about the WDW Foodie Fest is coming up this week, but first, let’s talk food news…:

Latest Disney Food News

And I’ve got some more awesome reviews of our e-Book, The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining to share with you! Check them out below.

Recent Reviews of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining

Zannaland is impressed with the information and photos in the book. Check out her review here.

SamLand’s Disney Adventures exclaims “Even veterans will get a lot out of this. This book will save you money.” Read his review here.

SoloFriendly likes the information on solo dining at WDW and says “the book is jam-packed with useful information for Disney World newbies as well as experienced visitors”! Check out her review here. Thanks for the fantastic reviews!

Now, On to the Round-Up!

Parkeology reminisces about decoding El Pirata Y El Parico as a child.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups shares some details about the “Be Our Guest” restaurant that will open with the new Fantasyland expansion.

Imaginerding mentions reading our DFB guidebook while traveling to WDW.

Stuff from the Park transports readers back to the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant in Disneyland’s Fantasyland.

Main Street Gazette reviews La Cantina de San Angel.

Disney Parks Blog explains rotational dining aboard the Disney Dream and shares some favorite menu items. (By the way — check out our ongoing reviews and recipes from the Disney Dream here!