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!
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).
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)!!!
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.
But back to the cupcakes! Let’s start with the new guy… the 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.
As I’ve learned from many a Mickey-shaped snack throughout the years, I go for the ears first.
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 two places: first, on the back of the cupcake.
And second, in the HUGE amount of sprinkles that land in my cupcake wrapper! It’s like second dessert… Score!
The base is pure chocolate cake with no filler. The Hazelnut Buttercream frosting is light and airy, and really does have a distinct hazelnut flavor that makes it unique among other cupcakes I’ve enjoyed previously. Paired with the candy crunch, it’s really enjoyable.
The Darth Vader Cupcake is the same one that’s been available the past two years (Vader cupcakes were offered in previous years as well, but he received a makeover in 2012). Its full official name is the Darth Vader Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake.
The generous dark chocolate curls and sprinkles surround Darth Vader’s helmet, also made of chocolate.
The base here is the same as the Yoda cupcake: simple chocolate cake. The peanut butter is found entirely in the frosting, and – just like in previous years – they nailed it. This frosting is just so good, and its salty peanut butter flavor perfectly complements the abundant amounts of chocolate all over the cupcake.
You’ll see it in signs all over Star Wars Weekends: CHOOSE YOUR SIDE.
When it comes to these cupcakes, I’ve made my choice… and it’s THE DARK SIDE. While I certainly enjoyed the Yoda cupcake, that peanut butter frosting just can’t be beat. My inner Jedi is just going to have to make peace with that… and three or four more of those Darth Vader cupcakes should just about do the trick 😉 .
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Which side would YOU choose in the Cupcake Wars? Please let us know with a comment!