REVIEW: New Baloo Cupcake Brings Delicious Banana Flavor to Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Of all the characters in The Jungle Book, there’s no one quite like the easygoing, carefree Baloo. So when we found out that the bear would be getting his own cupcake at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we just had to check it out!
The cupcake, available at Creature Comforts, has a chocolate cake base filled with a caramel-honey-banana jam topped with caramel-honey frosting, chocolate crisp pearls, and an edible white chocolate image of Baloo himself.
For what it’s worth, you get a fair amount of frosting, which has been colored green to match the jungle vibe. (We recommend not getting the frosting on your clothes, because as our reporter unfortunately discovered, it stains very easily.)
While it’s easy to overlook the paper the cupcake is wrapped in, the green paper really completes the look.
The white chocolate topper features Baloo in a grass skirt and headdress, as he appears in the “I Wanna Be Like You” number from the film.
We found it to be surprisingly photogenic both indoors and outdoors. If you’re someone who loves food photography, this might be worth getting on appearance alone. But how does it taste?
The cake is a standard chocolate cake, but if you love banana, the jam inside may just be the best thing you’ve ever tasted at Walt Disney World. The jam was cold and refreshing, and best of all, not too sweet. It’s perfect for the Florida heat.
While there was supposed to be caramel in the frosting, we didn’t taste it, feeling it was more like a regular sugar frosting. It’s possible that the banana taste overpowered the caramel flavor, as it’s very intense. The pearls are crispy and not too sweet, but be careful eating them, as they melt super easy, and get everywhere.
The white chocolate piece is fragile, as it melts and breaks easily. It didn’t taste too much like white chocolate, having more of a sugary taste. Again, this could be because of how strong the banana flavor is. Still, we found this to be quite enjoyable, and worthy of the fun-loving character that inspired it. The cupcake sells for $5.99. And if you want more sweet treats, be sure to check out our review of the pineapple upside-down shake from Restaurantosaurus nearby!
Do you think this cupcake is worth giving up the “fancy ants” for? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!
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