Flame Tree Barbecue is located on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, on your left as you head towards Dinoland U.S.A. Flame Tree Barbecue has been around since the opening of the theme park and continually supplied smoked meats to the masses. We really didn’t enjoy our visit a little over a year ago, but did mention that the spicy barbecue sauce was the one saving grace of the restaurant. Never did we pin this as a spot to get a great dessert, but recently they added a Banana Maple Cake to the menu, so we figured we would give it a shot.
Banana Maple Cake – $4.99
For as good as it sounded, this was a tremendous disappointment. The Animal Kingdom is now presenting a lot of these “gelatinous desserts” of a similar style, from Satuli Canteen to the new Safari Cake at Harambe Market. This isn’t much different in texture from those, but it lacks nearly any flavor and the red/orange coating presents an unflattering yellow hue on your teeth after you eat it. The texture is also a little off-putting, with a thickness and slimy coating over-powering the cake portion somehow.
I would not order this under any circumstances.