REVIEW: New Prep and Landing Cupcake and Chocolate Chestnut Pinecone Dessert at Trolley Car Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Not only do can you find the crack elf squadron of Prep & Landing in Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they’re also making an appearance on a cupcake this year at The Trolley Car Cafe. Of course, sometimes you need to watch out for pinecones when setting the tree up for Santa, so there’s also a Chocolate Chestnut Pinecone to enjoy! Do these pass our inspection? Let’s come in for a closer look!

Prep and Landing Gingerbread Cupcake – $5.99

They’ve ditched the red food coloring this year and brought Prep and Landing back for this adorable themed cupcake.

Beneath the decorative wrapper, you’ll find a normal cupcake wapper, which should make eating this easier than the tear-apart ones.

A dense gingerbread base is piled high with buttercream, sprinkles, a merinugue snowflake, and a chocolate Prep and Landing piece.

Interestingly enough, the icing on this cupcake is whipped, making it lighter than normal buttercream and giving it an almost marshmallow-y consistency. While the gingerbread flavor is mainly brought forward by the cake base, it’s accentuated by a creamy, dense, custard-like filling. It’s a decidedly sweet cupcake given all of the frosting, but if you’re a fan of tons of frosting, you’ll love this.

Chocolate Chestnut Pinecone – $6.99

I will say this is one of the more unique counter service desserts we have encountered in our travels, and it’s just as pretty as it is interesting. Chocolate chestnut cream may not be for everyone, but we thoroughly enjoyed this mousse-like dessert over chocolate cake. It comes with a bed of praline bits that ends up a sweet, nutty crunch. Another winner in this year’s holiday dessert lineup.

This item is also available at Backlot Express.

Do you think these items are naughty or nice? Let us know in the comments below, and keep reading WDWNT for our continuing coverage of everything going on for the holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Matthew Soberman

Matthew has been a writer for WDWNT since June 2018. He probably should have realized he was a Disney Parks fan when he tried to make a model of the Horizons building in middle school shop class. (It didn't go well.) He is also a huge Muppet fan, and can also be found on ToughPigs.com. You can email Matthew at [email protected]

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