REVIEW: Delicious and Adorable Merry Menagerie Cupcake Returns to Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Merry Menagerie cupcake has returned to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and this year, it can be found at Flame Tree Barbecue.

Merry Menagerie Cupcake – $5.99

Gingerbread Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing Filling and Frosting


This treat debuted in 2019 and is almost too cute to eat (but too delicious to pass up).


Once out of the container, you can see just how much cream cheese frosting is piled onto this cupcake. Flurries of sugar sprinkles and edible glitter cover the top.


A little white chocolate polar bear sits atop an iceberg perch. He is covered in more edible glitter and blue accents. Behind our polar bear friend are two fondant snowflakes.


We took our little chocolate polar bear buddy to meet his inspiration. The Merry Menagerie is an adorable addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the winter holiday season. You can see pictures and videos of the cute critters here.


The volume of frosting is much more apparent when you cut the cupcake. The dense cream cheese makes it heavier than it looks.


From the first bite, we fell in love with this cupcake. The cream cheese frosting is smooth, creamy, and incredibly sweet. It pairs well with the gingerbread cake underneath, which is moist and soft. The ginger spice flavor isn’t overpowering either. This dessert is well-balanced and delicious.


The white chocolate polar bear is a solid piece of chocolate and was quite tasty… even if we did feel a little guilty about biting into something so adorable. The fondant snowflakes were terrible, with the texture of wet paper.


All that frosting is delicious but very sweet. We found this cupcake the perfect size to share. The Merry Menagerie cupcake is a must-eat while it is still around!

If you can’t bear to eat the adorable bear, Flame Tree Barbecue also has a delicious cupcake celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

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