A month later my buddy, Cody, who writes Global Disney Pinvestigation says, “Have you seen the Zebra cupcake at the Animal Kingdom?”
So guess what I had to try — and add to our “You Won’t Believe This!” Snack Series — when I went to Disney World in April?
Guys, this cupcake is massive. It’s construction is akin to one of our favorites over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — the chocolate peanut-butter cupcake — with piles of frosting and chocolate shavings stuck in at odd angles.
It’s clearly the Disney dining equivalent of avant garde artwork — a representation of a zebra vs. an actual molded animal, as you find in the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake, also sold at Kusafiri Bakery. Personally, I think it’s beautiful, and it actually reminds me of the puppeteer-ed floats that prowl the streets of the Animal Kingdom during the parade each afternoon; the angular puppets, stark color contrasts, and artistic animal representations in the parade make me feel that this cupcake is right at home with the way the Imagineers are presenting the animal details in the park. They’ll often give you the impression of the animal, and your imagination takes it the rest of the way.
But, we’re not here to talk detail and design. Let’s talk cupcake. As I said, the thing is giant; easily the size of the chocolate peanut-butter cupcake and easily enough to split between two (or three!) people. The vanilla cake is incredibly moist and super-sweet (I’m always amazed how they keep the mass-produced cake tasting so fresh and moist). And the mounds of vanilla buttercream frosting, again, have a great texture. This frosting is creamier than your typical birthday cake frosting, though — it’s not the same stuff you find on the Butterfinger Cupcake. While just as thick, it’s smoother.
My favorite part, though, were the white and dark striped chocolate shavings. You simply pluck these off of the top, pop them into your mouth, and let them melt right on your tongue. It’s like the best snowflake in the world.
So, now we’ve covered all three of the new Animal Kingdom “You Won’t Believe This!” Snacks — which one will you choose the next time you’re in Disney’s Animal Kingdom?: The White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake, The Paw Print Brownie, or The Zebra Cupcake?