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posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

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So many treats, so little time. If you must prioritize, here’s one taste you don’t want to miss: the satisfying Poisoned Apple Waffle Sundae at Sleepy Hollow, a warm waffle topped with sweet stewed apples and whipped cream. And we’re partial to the Maleficent cupcake at Main Street Bakery, devil’s food cake with purple and green buttercream frosting (and dark chocolate horns for garnish). Take a picture before you dig in, as they’re only available for 24 hours!

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Shareable Kitchen Sink Sundae Now on More Menus at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort

posted on May 20th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Fans of the ginormous Kitchen Sink Sundae at Beaches & Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort will be happy to know that the indulgent bowl of ice cream is now also a treat in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.


At Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Plaza Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A, you’ll find Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae in an adorable “sink” in the shape of Mickey’s red pants. Get ready to share – it’s hand-scooped chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream drizzled with hot fudge, strawberry and caramel topping and topped with chocolate and peanut butter chips, whipped cream, and, of course, a cherry or two. Grab a few spoons and dig in! Cost is $14.99 and it’s not on the Disney Dining Plan.


That same sink, not nearly so full, is also on the menu at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park. This version is vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and topped with chocolate chips and a cherry, served with two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Cost is $11.99.

The adorable red sink is yours to keep and carry home as a souvenir of your Disney indulgence, and Beaches & Cream now uses the same keepable sink.

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Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 19th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

When “World of Color” starts at 3 a.m. on May 24 during the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event, the breakfast – not dinner – package will be a great way to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend.

Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Pastries at Wine Country Trattoria Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Bananas Foster at Wine Country Trattoria

From 11:30 p.m. on May 23 to 1:30 a.m. on May 24, guests may enjoy breakfast at Wine Country Trattoria in Disney California Adventure park and receive access to reserved viewing for the special showing of the nighttime spectacular “World of Color” at 3 am. Breakfast starts with assorted pastries and also includes a choice of four entrees: the all-American breakfast of bacon and eggs($17.99); Bananas Foster French toast ($18.99); hot oatmeal and fresh fruit ($15.99), or steak and eggs ($22.99). For children, it’s pastries plus the all-American breakfast ($10.99), a smaller portion of Bananas Foster French toast ($11.49) or a breakfast slider ($9.99).

Add a non-alcoholic specialty juice ($4.99) – the Ginger Peach Bubble with white peach juice, orange juice and ginger ale; the Raspberry Sparkle with raspberry puree and sparkling apple cider, or the Bacon Mary with hickory-smoked tomato juice and a special blend of spices topped with a crisp slice of bacon.

Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Seashell Symphony with Bacon at Ariel's Grotto Special ‘World of Color’ Breakfast for Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event: Muesli at Ariel's Grotto

A “World of Color” breakfast package is also available at Ariel’s Grotto from 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., offering their regular breakfast menu and reserved viewing for the 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.”

Tip: There are no reservations for either location, it’s walk-up only.

Throughout the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be filled with great Disney Heroes and Villains, with events showcasing the good vs. evil of classic Disney stories including character meet-and-greets, special entertainment, event merchandise and food and beverage offerings. Plus there will be plenty of surprises throughout the 24 hours.

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Handy-Dandy Guide to Magic Kingdom Park Eats You’ll Only Find at May 23-24 ‘Rock Your Disney Side Party’

posted on May 19th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Ready, set, nosh! Our goal for the 24-hour “Rock Your Disney Side Party” in Magic Kingdom Park from 6 a.m to 6 a.m. May 23-24 is to try as many new tastes as we can – as after the party ends, all these goodies go away except for two: the Olaf souvenir beverage and the Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae. So plan your 24 hours of fun accordingly!

The cupcake craze is in high gear, plus there are plenty of places to order breakfast.

Here’s a handy list you can take along:

Handy-Dandy Guide to Magic Kingdom Park Eats You’ll Only Find at May 23-24 ‘Rock Your Disney Side’ Party

Sleepy Hollow

  • Poisoned Apple Waffle Sundae: waffles with stewed apple topping and whipped cream

The Lunching Pad

  • Olaf souvenir cup with specialty beverage

Friar’s Nook

  • Olaf souvenir cup with specialty beverage

Gaston’s Tavern

  • Princess-themed cupcake

Main Street Bakery

  • Maleficent Cupcake
  • Frozen-themed Cupcake
  • Olaf Carrot Cupcake

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Plaza Restaurant

  • Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae


Storybook Treats

  • Poisoned Apple Shortcake Sundae: ice cream, yellow cake, stewed apple topping and whipped cream.

Handy-Dandy Guide to Magic Kingdom Park Eats You’ll Only Find at May 23-24 ‘Rock Your Disney Side’ Party

Various Outdoor Food Locations

  • Pink and blue cotton candy, themed to “Heroes and Villains.”

For breakfast:

Main Street, U.S.A.




Liberty Square

  • Columbia Harbour House, French toast sticks and bacon (5/24)
  • Sleepy Hollow, breakfast waffle sandwich
  • Liberty Square Market (5/23)


You’ll also find cereal, fruit, muffins and yogurt at various grab ‘n go locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park.

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More Cupcake Fun for Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Through June 15

posted on May 17th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away – and don’t miss two more over-the-top cupcakes created by the pastry chefs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios just for Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.

Available only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and only through June 15, chocolate fans will have a hard time deciding between the two (you can always buy one of each and share). The chocolate Darth Vader cupcake also has a little peanut butter in the topping, while the chocolate Yoda cupcake features a rich hazelnut buttercream frosting with a sprinkle of crunchy chocolate-toffee.

More Cupcake Fun for Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios Through June 15 More Cupcake Fun for Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios Through June 15

You’ll find the Darth Vader cupcake at Rosie’s All American Café, Fairfax Fare, Starring Rolls Cafe, ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Pizza Planet, Studio Catering Co. and Darth’s Mall. The Yoda cupcake is at Starring Rolls, Backlot Express and Darth’s Mall.

Both cupcakes are $5.19 and on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Dazzling Array of African, Indian Flavors at Harambe Nights Street Party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 16th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

The countdown has begun to Harambe Nights Street Party, kicking off June 7 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – a spectacular nighttime addition in the park’s Harambe Village. With a never-before-seen performance in the new Harambe Theatre of “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild” that includes a live orchestra and choir, dancers, lots of drama and celebrity guest narrators (see Shawn Slater’s earlier post on the Disney Parks Blog), the evening’s culinary experience is like rich icing on the proverbial cake.

Shortly after arrival, you’ll nosh on appetizers like Moroccan beef kefta with tamarind glaze, pickled fennel paneer cheese with tomato, Durban-spiced chicken bites and a safari cheeseburger slider with tomato curry aioli. Pair with African-inspired wine and beer and get the party started. Be adventurous – the chefs have had great fun crafting a menu that introduces new flavor sensations. If you’re a fan of Jiko—The Cooking Place, Boma—Flavors of Africa or Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge or Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, chances are you’ve tried some of the fantastic global flavors on the menu. We have, and we can’t wait for the butter chicken with warm naan bread (a Sanaa favorite), or the spicy veggie samosa with mango chutney.

After the Welcome Reception, the food never ends – you even get a “Lion Chow” snack for the show – a salty-sweet combo of sea-salted pretzel chips, benne (sesame) crumbles, cardamom candied pecans, golden raisins, dried cherries and candied ginger.

The curtain closes and the street party opens, with live music, characters, live performers and dozens of savory dishes. We caught up with Chef Robert Gilbert for a little insider info:

Chef Robert, tell us about the menu.
When we began working on this menu it was all about harmonizing the Harambe Nights’ experience with the exquisitely refined influences of Africa’s diverse cuisines. We tried for balance, for seasonality, for local ingredients – and most of all an authentic experience.

What was your inspiration?
Disney isn’t just a theme park or resort, it evokes a feeling, and we tried to capture that feeling through an immersive food experience – it was a strong collaboration with Chef David Njoroge at Sanaa, a native of Kenya who embraces true African-style cooking.

How long did it take to develop the menu?
We did four tastings before the menu got the green light. And we had some of our chefs and cast members work with the Sanaa team to truly appreciate and understand what goes into African-style cooking. It took us more than a month to get it right.

What are some of the unique African ingredients in the dishes?
We use paneer, an Indian cheese similar to queso blanco, in the appetizer with pickled fennel. The kachumbari salad – kachumbari is a Swahili name for fresh tomato and onion salad – is a popular food in East Africa. We use masala spice blend. And, of course, the traditional naan bread with chutneys and pickles is a favorite of guests.

Do you have a favorite dish?
That’s easy – the butter chicken with basmati rice – you can’t eat just one piece, it’s that good.


Chef Robert shared the menu with us, subject to tweaks, but here’s a look at the dazzling array of flavors:

Fresh Cooked Breads, Salads and More
Watercress, melon, feta and berry balsamic onion salad
Kachumbari salad with tomato, paneer, carrot and cilantro
Roasted beetroot salad with sunflower seeds
Creamy mac ‘n cheese
Spicy vegetable samosa with mango chutney
Traditional naan, onion kulcha and pappadum breads
Roasted pepper hummus, raita and garlic-ginger pickle

Surf and Turf
Mango, radish, lime and mustard seed salad
Watermelon, cucumber and fennel salad
Coriander chutney roasted potatoes
Line-caught corvina filet with goan curry sauce
On-stage-seared lamb chops with tamarind pomegranate sauce

Slow-cook Action Stations
Fork-tender peri barbecued pork
Vegetarian eggplant tikka masala curry served over creamy goat cheese pap
Butter chicken thighs
Vegetarian legume wat served over basmati rice

Golden pineapple with toasted coconut
Apple slices with Amarula caramel sauce
Ripe melon with minted lime yogurt dip
Rice pudding, dried fruit compote and pistachio gremolata
Caramel salted Tanzania chocolate Kenya coffee bite
Chai cream with zebra stripes
Ice cream bars

Harambe Nights is every Saturday from June 7 – August 9, with the Welcome Reception starting at 7:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., it’s show time. Tickets are $119 for adults, $79 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Tickets with premium floor seating are $134 for adults, $94 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Capacity is limited. For tickets, or call 407-939-1319.

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Handy-Dandy Guide to Disneyland Resort Eats You’ll Only Find at Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event on May 23

posted on May 15th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We’ll be on the lookout for pirates, princesses, villains and party animals at the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event on May 23, but most of all we’ll be scouting for all the tastes we don’t normally find on any Disneyland Resort menu. We’re pacing ourselves from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.!

At Disneyland park:

Table-Service Options (Make your reservations now!):

  • Carnation Café: Fried Sampler Plate with crispy fried zucchini, crunchy onion rings, and those addictive fried pickles.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant: Pan-seared New York pepper steak topped with asparagus, poached egg, lump crab meat, Cabernet and Béarnaise sauces with potato galette.

Quick-Service Options:


  • Plaza Inn: Fried Chicken and Waffles
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café: Super Sub Sammie with salami, cappicola, prosciutto topped with kicky arugula salad, whole-grain mustard and citrus aioli on a French roll.
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor: Black and White Ice Cream Sandwich with hand-scooped vanilla ice cream between chocolate chip cookies with a white and dark chocolate drizzle and mini chocolate chips.
  • Rancho del Zocalo: Street Taco Trio with beef, chicken or carnitas on corn tortillas with cilantro and onion and topped with salsa casera or salsa verde. Also lightly fried sopes (fried masa cakes) with refried beans, beef, chicken or carnitas, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese and drizzled with salsa casera or salsa verde. Or pozole, a mild chile and pork stew with hominy, garnished with shredded cabbage, julienned radishes and oregano.
  • French Market Restaurant: Shrimp Po’ Boy with crispy popcorn shrimp, mayo, sliced tomato and shredded lettuce with oil and vinegar, served on a toasted potato roll with house-made potato chips and fresh fruit.
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  • Village Haus Restaurant: “Pastram’boli” Flatbread: cheesy roasted garlic flatbread with beef pastrami, caramelized onions and pickles and topped with a Dijon mustard sauce. Also try the apple berry flatbread with poached apples on sweet cream cheese topped with fresh berries and mint.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant: Sweet and Spicy Hot Dog on a jalapeño cheddar roll with honey mustard and sautéed onions and peppers.
  • Harbour Galley: Turkey Tortilla Soup with roasted corn and black beans, garnished with sour cream, pico de gallo and fried tortilla strips.

Sweet Snacks:

  • Stage Door Café: funnel cake fun with red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese frosting, raspberry and mango funnel cake a la mode and blueberry and kiwi funnel cake a la mode.
  • Bengal Barbecue: two sweet skewers – brownies and crispy cereal squares.
  • Mint Julep Bar: Super Power Punch with sprite, a shot of cotton candy and Dessert Pear gourmet syrup.

Breakfast Bites:

  • Café Orleans: Bananas Foster French Toast made with thick-cut brioche that’s battered and grilled then topped with caramelized bananas and caramel sauce. Bacon on the side. Also a Mickey-shaped mushroom-and-asparagus frittata and slow-braised short ribs with ñora pepper sauce.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Breakfast Burrito with eggs, chorizo, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco and black beans in a flour tortilla with fresh fruit.

At Disney California Adventure park:

Table-Service Options (Make your reservations now!):

  • Wine Country Trattoria: Surf & Turf featuring roasted lobster tail and grilled sirloin with mac ‘n cheese croquet and a lemon beurre blanc and blue cheese demi-glace.

Quick-Service Options:


  • Lucky Fortune Cookery: Steamed Chicken and Veggie Dumpling Bowl with rice and rice wine vinegar dipping sauce.
  • Award Wieners: Raven’s Feast hot dog with barbecued pulled pork and seasoned red cabbage slaw on a garlic-chive brioche bun. Also the Dragon Storm with lemonade and grape syrup topped with Sprite and a green glow cube or Maleficent stir stick.
  • Taste Pilots’ Grill: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sliders – one with teriyaki glaze, the other with Cajun seasoning and spicy Buffalo sauce. Served with combo of fries and onion rings.
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill: Chicken Mole Plate with grilled half chicken topped with a spicy, smoky mole negro and served with rice, beans and a side of tortillas.
  • Pacific Wharf Café: Green Chile Corn Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
  • Flo’s V8 Café: Beef and Cheddar Sandwich; breakfast menu during regular breakfast hours and again from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
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  • Paradise Garden Grill: Mediterranean Angus Beef Pita Wrap – beef is drizzled with feta pepperoncini hummus and comes with Greek salad in a warm pita. Tabouleh on the side.
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta: Mac & Cheese Flatbread with sun-dried tomato sauce, crispy bacon, mozzarella, and basil pesto.

Sips and Snacks:

  • Mad T Party: two rum cocktails – Hurricane and Mai Tai.
  • Boudin Bread Cart: Captain American Shield-shaped sourdough bread.
  • Clarabelle’s: S’mores Bar dipped ice cream treat.
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Our Top 10 Delicious, Healthful Bites at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Okay, so you’re on vacation, and “healthful” may not be at the top of your to-do list. But we’re often asked for our favorite healthful eats at Disneyland Resort. Here is our Top 10 list, from quick bites to table service:

  1. Start the day at Carnation Café in Disneyland park with the spinach and tomato egg white frittata with a side of fresh fruit for breakfast (skip the potatoes). Later in the day, we like the new spinach salad with grilled chicken, which includes boiled eggs, Portobello mushrooms, feta cheese and pickled onions tossed with a golden balsamic-mustard seed dressing.
  2. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland park is a longtime favorite, but you can skip the hearty burritos and opt for the citrus fire-grilled chicken, marinated in cumin, garlic, cilantro, lemon and lime before it hits the fire. Add a side of sautéed veggies or beans and rice.


  1. At Blue Bayou in Disneyland park, try a taste of Louisiana with the portobello mushroom and couscous macque choux. The mushrooms are marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, then broiled and served with the macque choux, a combo of roasted corn, sweet peppers and couscous with a side of sautéed spinach.
  2. For a quick, light bite, head to Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park – ignore the pastries and quiches and order the grilled vegetable and whole grain salad with seasonal vegetables, mixed greens, barley, and spelt tossed with basil vinaigrette.
  3. Village Haus Restaurant tucked in Fantasyland in Disneyland park has a high-energy, healthful meal in a bowl: Apple & Cheddar Salad with chopped red and green apples, Cheddar cheese, fresh greens, Craisins dried cranberries, golden raisins, toasted walnuts and honey-yogurt dressing.


  1. Heading over to Disney California Adventure park for a quick bite it’s the tofu rice bowl at Lucky Fortune Cookery. Add a side of edamame or fresh mango slices.
  2. Another quick bite at Disney California Adventure park is the roasted veggie soft tacos at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill. Add a dollop of fresh guacamole and skip the sour cream.
  3. We love the fresh Mediterranean flavors at Paradise Garden Grill. It’s a toss-up: the lemon oregano chicken with chimichurri sauce (a delicious blend of fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil). Sometimes we prefer it with that chimichurri with the grilled steak.


  1. For a more leisurely meal, head to Wine Country Trattoria and order the Broccolini Aglio Olio, a delicious bowl of egg-free pasta with fresh spinach, arugula, tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes and olive oil. If you prefer seafood, the pan-seared salmon with sautéed fingerling potatoes and yellow and red pear tomatoes with a side of arugula salad and sun-dried tomato pesto fits the bill.
  2. For super-fast snacks, fruit carts in both carts are the easiest way to fill up and avoid temptation. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, watermelon, trail mix, coconut water and more – and the fruits change with the seasons, so there’s always something delish.
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Disney Culinary Story Expands With Golden Oak

posted on May 12th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Ever wonder what’s behind the gates at Golden Oak?

At a recent Tables in Wonderland dinner, we got a peek at the beautiful new Markham’s restaurant at Golden Oak, the first private community at Walt Disney World Resort.

Chef Christian Rumpler and Golden Oak Food and Beverage Manager Melissa Schreiber welcomed Tables in Wonderland guests to the exclusive dining room where “Disney takes service to the next level,” says Melissa.

Chef Christian has his own garden just outside the kitchen door with herbs and seasonal veggies (with a Disney horticultural intern to tend the healthy gardens). The kitchen cures its own charcuterie, makes fresh pasta, even the sauerkraut for the pastrami sandwiches. Lettuce comes from their own garden and from The Land Pavilion at Epcot. Just imagine the perfect BLT: bacon cured in the kitchen, tomatoes from the garden and lettuce from The Land. “We source locally when we can, and focus on sustainable ingredients,” says Chef Christian.


Golden Oak is named for a scenic ranch in California’s Placerita Canyon where Disney filmed segments of “The Mickey Mouse Club” TV show in the 1950s. Walt Disney Productions purchased portions of the property in 1959 and, over the years, acquired more than 900 acres for TV and movie productions and protect its harmony with nature. Walt Disney and his family spent time relaxing and playing on the ranch. (Some say golden nuggets were found under a tree on the property in 1842, thus the name.)

Markham’s was inspired by “Spin and Marty,” the popular series of TV shorts that aired as part of “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Adjacent Tyler’s Lounge was inspired by the 1960 movie “Toby Tyler,” also filmed at Golden Oak Ranch. Both rooms are upscale and inviting, with warm wood, brick accents and golden tones.

Here’s a recipe that illustrates the Golden Oak culinary team’s level of detail – even for a cocktail. For more information on Golden Oak, For information on Tables in Wonderland, visit


The Floridian Peaches and Cream
Serves 1

  • 2 ounces house-made Florida peach vodka (recipe below)
  • House-made cream soda, to taste (recipe below)
  • Florida peach pinwheel, for garnish
  1. Fill Collins glass halfway with ice cubes. Add vodka, then cream soda. Garnish with peach.

House-Made Florida Peach Vodka

  • 1 Liter Ciroc vodka
  • 8 fresh Florida peaches, washed and left whole
  1. Combine vodka and peaches in glass container that can be sealed. Place in dark, cool place for 3 to 5 days, shaking daily. (The longer it sits, the more peach flavor will develop.)
  2. To use, strain liquid and refrigerate. For extra flavor, juice peaches, strain and add to vodka.

House-made Cream Soda
For this recipe you will need a soda charger and soda gas canisters. You can substitute canned cream soda, which will produce the same taste but not the froth.

  • 1 quart cold water for charger
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cooled vanilla syrup (recipe follows)
  1. Add all ingredients to a soda charger and add two gas capsules to carbonate liquid. Keep cold.

Vanilla syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  1. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Cool.
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Anniversary Cupcake Available Only May 1

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Walt Disney World Resort guests love the designer cupcakes that the chefs create for special occasions and holidays – and we usually can’t pry away the recipe. But good news: if you can’t make it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, this is one special treat you can (mostly) re-create at home.


Celebrating 25 years, this anniversary cupcake is a delicious combo of chocolate cake with a rich hazelnut-buttercream frosting. The chefs at the theme park add a little chocolate ganache, chocolate sprinkles and colorful Mickey Mouse candy confetti, then top it with a chocolate “25th Anniversary” disk of chocolate.

If you’re at the park, the cupcakes will be available at Fairfax Fair, Rosie’s All American Café, ABC Commissary, Starring Rolls Cafe, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., and Pizza Planet. Cost is $5.19 and the cupcake counts as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.

If you’re too far away to make the May 1 celebration, get out the mixer and create your own fun!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream
Makes 24 cupcakes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup hazelnut-chocolate spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk

For chocolate cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in large bowl, whisking to combine. Add oil, coffee, and milk; beat with an electric mixer 1 minute until well combined.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat 2 minutes until very well combined. Batter will be thin.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

For hazelnut-chocolate buttercream:

  1. Combine shortening and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until creamy. Beat in hazelnut-chocolate spread and vanilla extract until smooth. With mixer running at medium speed, add confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well to combine before adding the next cup.
  2. After all sugar has been added, beat in 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, just until frosting is light and fluffy.
  3. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large round or star tip and pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Alternatively, frost cupcakes with an offset spatula or a butter knife.
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