23 February 2011

Charming and sweet

It is time for us here at the Main Street Gazette to address the elephant in the room. More accurately, the sweet oversized elephant that resides in the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This review has been a long time coming; after all we have already devoured the Brownie Paw and the Zebra Cupcake. With our taste buds torn over the previous two reviews, it appears that the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake will make our break the specialty baked goods available at Kusafiri.

What constitutes a White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake? To put it simply, a thick slab of a chocolate cupcake, white frosting, toasted coconut and a cylinder of German chocolate running through the frosting, similar to the cheesecake portion of the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake available at Starring Rolls Cafe. As I often find is the case with the oversized cupcakes, I could do with a little less of the frosting or a frosting with more quality ingredients. Otherwise, the chocolate cupcake is moister than its counterparts, the coconut has a sweet, crunchy texture and the German chocolate is a pleasantly appealing.

The best part of the snack I have saved for last. We may have mentioned chocolate above, but that is not the chocolate that comprises the white chocolate elephant portion of the treat. The topper of this cupcake is a large elephant lollipop made out of white chocolate. While you would expect to pay an upcharge for such a lavish snack, the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake falls in the exact same prize range as other premium cupcakes throughout the resort.

Over the past several years, Walt Disney World has garnered a reputation for gratuitous cupcakes, both in size and toppings, but the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake truly takes the cake. Gorgeous to look at, this cupcake utilizes its baked and candy elements to double the snackablity, share factor, and overall pleasure of a single treat.

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