There's a decent chance that the people dining in Contempo Café haven't come to Disney World to ride the new Frozen coaster. They probably haven't traveled from near and far to gnaw on a jumbo turkey leg, either. They might not even care about shaking hands with Mickey.
They're there for the cupcakes.
Contempo Café, which is located inside Disney's Contemporary Resort, has earned a reputation for its fantastical creations. They're sort of unexpected in the mod eatery - Disney's famous monorail glides right through it - which makes it all the more exciting when a Frozen cupcake covered in baby blue frosting, sprinkles of "snow" and an Anna ring is set on the table in front of you.
The café's team posts its monthly specials, which often coincide with new movie releases or holidays, to the Disney Parks Blog. "People follow that cupcake calendar religiously," says Lexy Noles, a pastry sous chef at Contempo Café. Her favorite treat is that blue, sprinkled one with the Anna ring, which has been on the menu for a few years. "We were the first location on Disney property to have a Frozen dessert," she says. Diners, on the other hand, seem to flock to the Villains design, with purple frosting and a white chocolate plaque of Maleficent. "People like their princesses and heroes - but you also have your fans who love the bad guys," Noles laughs.
But the most jaw-dropping, I-want-it-now cupcakes are the ones that the café's pastry chefs whip up for special occasions. You can request practically any character to be made in cupcake form, although you'll never see their faces shaped out of fondant or candy melts; it's an infringement on the characters' likeness. The chefs work around it by making sure the cakes have all the super-notable elements, like Cruella's cape in Dalmatian print or Mickey's iconic red shorts.
It's easy to recognize the Tinker Bell design, even without the blonde ponytail and sassy pout. The cupcake is frosted in green buttercream, then sprinkled with edible pixie dust and topped with fondant vines and Tink's tiny green and white slippers. (Everything's hand-rolled, by the way.) By all appearances, it seems like an awfully heavy cake-to-frosting ratio, but it wouldn't be a Disney treat if the pastry chefs didn't have a little trick up their sleeves: They carve an inverse cone out of the center of the cupcake, fill the hole with buttercream, then stack the cone right side up on top of the cake and frost over that. Turns out, Disney magic isn't just in the movies.
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