Remember when it was a SUPER HUGE BIG DEAL that Starbucks was coming to the Disney Parks?
These days, we’re all pretty accustomed to seeing the familiar green mermaid in both Disneyland and Disney World at locations like Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe and Market House on the west coast, and Epcot’s Fountain View and Animal Kingdom’s Creature Comforts out east, among others. But in 2013 Starbucks made its Disney World debut at arguably one of the most controversial locations (as an already-beloved snack stop): Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery.
Clearly the biggest change was the focus of fare: COFFEE became the star attraction at Main Street Bakery, with guests now able to grab their Starbucks favorites from home right in the park. But it remained the Main Street BAKERY (at least in name), with the promise that the in-park Starbucks would continue to serve some Disney-exclusive snacks alongside Starbucks treats. So we were curious to find out what would become of some of our Main Street Bakery favorites, like the old Peanut Butter Cupcake.
Well, you can find this cupcake once again at Main Street Bakery… sort of. And I happened upon it during my last trip.
Now, before we dig in, let’s take a peek at the previous version, which I last enjoyed in 2012 before the Main Street Bakery transformed into Starbucks.
At first glance, it doesn’t look TOO different. Cupcake base (though it’s yellow cake these days instead of chocolate)? Check. Peanut butter chips and a mini PB cup on top? Check. Chocolate and peanut butter sauce drizzled over the peanut butter and buttercream icing? Check AND check.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the current version.
You may already be able to tell that the frosting has changed, but I think the comparison pics below with the new version on top will really help you take in the difference.
Maybe now you can better understand my bottom line: the frosting on the current version of the cupcake is VERY light — not whipped cream exactly, but a very light consistency nonetheless. The frosting on the original version by the pre-Starbucks Main Street Bakery was much more dense. And the whole cake was better overall: rich, moist, and — most of all — chocolatey. Why mess with the classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter? And don’t even get me started on how much I miss the peanut butter chips that used to be scattered throughout the base…
I guess if I had never had the previous version I would probably like this one just fine.
But the thing is… I did have the previous version. And maybe you did, too. So take this as a very important PSA that though it shares the same name and basic look, it’s different, and far less glorious. The current version will do if you’re dying for a cupcake, but it’s not a destination the way the old one was.
Have you tried the current version of the Peanut Butter Cupcake? If so, what are your thoughts? Please let us know with a comment!