If you are having a particularly rough day in Walt Disney World (which is better than any day not in Walt Disney World) or just feel like treating yourself right for a few brief moments I have but one suggestion for you. If decadence were known by any other name, it would be the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake.That’s right! Red Velvet. Cheesecake. Cupcake. The name alone is enough to make most knees quiver, even though it leaves out the frosting and toffee morsels. For those of you who have already grabbed your car keys and are headed out the door, this mountain of saccharine superiority can be found at Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For the rest of you who can only live vicariously, here’s what this cupcake experience is like.
Starting with the red velvet, before working our way up, the burgundy cake is very well executed. The cake is moist and dense, as it would have to be for the heaping amount of toppings. Unlike other dense cakes I’ve had in my life, the red velvet here does not send me in search of my milk after each bite. As for the toppings, I could do with less frosting and more cheesecake. Don’t get me wrong, the frosting isn’t bad, but the cheesecake core running through the center of the pile of frosting left me smacking my lips for more. The cheesecake itself is rich and airy, working well with the chocolate of the red velvet. The crumbled bits of toffee coating the exterior take this cupcake from a great snack to a superb dessert, adding another layer of creamy flavor and a textural element that would be otherwise missing from this fabulous baked good.
The next time you are in Walt Disney World, I suggest you run, don’t walk, over to Starring Rolls Cafe and order one of these recent additions to the menu. If you are not a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, or both and opt to pass on this treat, don’t worry, I have another sweet surprise coming soon.