Goodbye, King Cupcake… Hello, King Whoopie Pie!
Yep, you read that correctly. You’d better believe that when we started hearing rumors that our beloved King Cupcake was no longer available at one of our favorite counter service spots, Everything Pop, we buzzed over to Disney’s Pop Century Resort ASAP to scope out the situation.
Much as it breaks my heart to say it… the rumors are true!
It was love at first bite for me with the King Cupcake. What first struck me as an odd flavor combo of peanut butter, banana, and candied bacon (a twist on Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich ingredients, hence the name) quickly became one of my go-to favorites upon trying it. In fact, it was one of the first items I placed on my Disney Food Bucket List.
Everything Pop has not left us entirely without a tribute to Elvis, though. Allow me to introduce you to the King Cupcake’s official replacement (as it stands for now, anyway): the King Whoopie Pie.
Now, you may recall that we were JUST at Everything Pop, checking out the new selection of Mini Tarts. Well, on my recon mission to find out what happen to the King Cupcake, I saw that they had also added the same Whoopie Pies that recently debuted at the Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors.
But there were some new flavors as well, like Chocolate Chip (ok, yum) and Red Velvet.
And this new option we certainly hadn’t seen before…
… the King Whoopie Pie.
Of course, even while this confirmed my fears of the missing King Cupcake, I still scanned every inch of those bakery cases for THIS:
But there were none to be found. Nothing left to do but grab myself a King Whoopie Pie, and try to keep an open mind.
Just like the other whoopie pies up for grabs, the cake pieces were perfectly soft in the rich, dark chocolate form.
The previous peanut butter flavor of icing from the cupcake was replicated in the whoopee pie’s filling. Here it tastes more like peanut butter fluff — light and airy, but still really flavorful.
The least changed element was the crumbled bacon bits on top, offering that hint of candied saltiness to the whole thing.
Remember the banana pudding filling inside the cupcake, though? Well, upon tasting the peanut butter center of the whoopie pie, I was expecting the icing on top to lend some of that ol’ banana flavor… Nope! It’s more of the peanut butter icing. Sadly, the only banana flavor came from the dried banana slice on top.
Sure, it looks cute, but I miss my banana pudding center!
Taken on its own, the King Whoopie Pie is… well, it’s pretty good. I mean, heaven knows I’ve got nothing against Whoopie Pies. But the absence of the King Cupcake carries a sting. I miss that banana flavor, and, frankly, the larger overall portion of the King Cupcake. The Whoopie Pie is fine, but the King Cupcake was its own kind of epic. You know?
I can’t help but wonder if Elvis would agree…
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