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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – So Many Disney Cakes, So Little Time

I have written before (multiple times) about the amazing Desserts you can find at Walt Disney World – and I make no excuses for my behavior – as I LOVE desserts and have a huge sweet tooth. Clearly I am not the only one out there who looks forward to the post dinner sweets more than the dinner itself – as the Disney Moms Panel recently wrote about where to get the best Sweet treats at Walt Disney World – which got me thinking about CAKE – and just how many amazing ones they are making at WDW every single day:

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There’s the cake pops – in all colors and flavors, with their moist cake-y centers and marshmallow ears (how else would you make that classic Mickey shape?!). Share if you’re willing – but no one would judge if you wanted it all to yourself

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Just last month, Disney debuted the brand new Pandora: World Of Avatar, and they offer some amazing new food there too – including this beautiful Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse, a cream cheese and blueberry creation with passion fruit

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You’ll find these little chocolate cakes all over the Disney Parks – generally at Counter Service restaurants (most of them have this on the menu). It may seem just kind of unassuming, even boring – but believe it or not, it’s pretty darn delicious! Moist chocolate cake and a flavorful frosting that almost is more ganache-y – this one is a must try for sure

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Oh hello there pumpkin pecan tart (which isn’t exactly a cake but definitely has cake-like qualities) – you are super delicious, and unfortunately only available seasonally around the holidays – booooo

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This here is the definition of “Go big or go home” – The Butterfinger Cupcake – stuffed with chocolate, topped with a mountain of frosting, chocolate shell, and butterfinger pieces – it’s seriously amazing and awe-inspiring (available at Starring Roles in Hollywood Studios)

Ok – now that I am sufficiently starving after writing that and looking at those amazing cakes – I am off to start my weekend – in search of cake, of course, and you should do the same, hey, it’s Friday – you’ve earned it!!!

TGIF!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – DISNEY IS SO CLOSE I CAN TASTE IT!

My husband and I leave TOMORROW for our week in Disney World – and I can’t even begin to express how excited I am about it! Disney is an amazing place to be, but at Christmas it is even better – and I can’t WAIT to wake up on Christmas morning at the happiest place on earth!

As I was packing, I got to thinking about the things I am most looking forward to

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That first view of Cinderella’s Castle from the entrance to Main Street is probably one of my all-time favorite sights (it will likely move me to tears, sappy, I know)

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Getting a hug from your favorite character is great – it makes you feel like a kid again!

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The FOOD at Disney is something to look forward to for sure. At the top of my “must eat” list? One of these hugely delicious Butterfinger Cupcakes

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One of the greatest things of all is getting to see my husband and family enjoy themselves – and Star Tours is definitely one of my husband’s favorites, so I am sure we will be riding it multiple times!

So much to look forward to! Can’t wait to leave tomorrow, and next week I will be coming to you LIVE from WALT DISNEY WORLD so stay tuned for that 

TGIF!

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Delicious Disney Desserts– At Home!

I have written before about various Disney cookbooks and online resources like Magical Recipes where you can go to get Disney recipes, and I have to say, I really do love recreating these at home – especially the desserts! I love baking (I love it so much I even blog about it), and I love recreating Disney treats at home too, so I decided I would pull together a list of my faves to share with you:

Top 5 Disney DIY Baked Goods:

 

 

 

Double Chocolate cookies – These are easy to make, and delicious – who doesn’t love chocolate plus more chocolate? You can find these at The Main Street Bakery in Disney’s Magic Kingdom – pair them with a tall glass of milk and you have a delicious snack (or breakfast perhaps? No judgment here)

 

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Butterfinger Cupcakes – These are simply amazing – it’s a chocolate cupcake with a fudge center, and its topped with a mound of whipped frosting covered in a chocolate shell encrusted with butterfinger pieces. It’s a lot to take in, but it’s a perfect snack to share (or not share, depending on how hungry you are!). You can find these at Starring Roles over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Carrot cake cookies – a must try at the Writer’s Stop in Hollywood Studios – with two moist cookies encasing a mound of delicious frosting – this treat will satisfy that sweet tooth of yours for sure

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Chocolate peanut butter sandwich – graham crackers and peanut butter and chocolate combine to make the perfect treat (not to mention one that’s easy to recreate at home!). These squares of yumminess can be found at the Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom

 

 

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Dole Whip –Ok, so this one doesn’t technically count as “baking”, but it IS a Disney cult classic that is loved by all – it’s simple, refreshing, and tropically delicious

I also write weekly articles over at Chip and Company and I have been doing a series on Disney DIY recipes, which has been super fun, to research recipes used at the Parks and try them out and write about them – talk about a delicious experiment!

I highly recommend you give these and my others over at Chip and Co a try at home – whether you are having a party or you’re just hungry for that Disney Magic!

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SHARING is CARING! (…Sharing WDW FOOD that is)

The cost of a Walt Disney World vacation is something I have discussed here before, as it tends to be on the expensive side. There are a lot of ways you can save money on your WDW vacation, and one of them is by doing something that’s taught in preschools all over the world – SHARING! By sharing your Disney meals/snacks with your party, you can save a lot of money!

Disney food is amazing, it’s delicious, always freshly prepared, and the portions also tend to be on the large side – which can be a huge plus for those of you looking to save some $$$ on quick service meals and snacks. Here are some suggestions on items you can share/split:

 BountyPlate Breakfast: Most WDW Resort counter service locations offer a “breakfast platter” or a “bounty platter”, which comes with eggs, meat (bacon/sausage, or in some cases ham), breakfast potatoes, and a biscuit/roll/pancakes/waffles. It’s a lot of food – and at under $9, makes breakfast for 2 practically a steal!

TurkeySandLunch/Dinner: I find that the best thing to share at lunch time has to be the deli sandwiches – most places have some form of pre made turkey/ham/roast beef sandwich, and it usually comes with a side of pasta salad or fries (I personally like to opt for the fries because you usually get more, which is a benefit when you’re looking to split up a meal!). Burgers are also a good choice, as most places have them and they tend to be on the large side as well. These items usually run in the $9-$12 range

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(he is slightly scared of its giant-ness!)

Snacks: Disney has TONS of amazing snack options, and those that are great for sharing include cookies, popcorn, rice krispie treats, and cupcakes (like this amazing butterfinger cupcake that can be found at Starring Roles in Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Sharing meals can work for two adults, two kids, an adult and a kid – the way you split meals up is totally up to you, but either way, you will definitely get to enjoy some delicious WDW food, and that’s always a plus in my book!

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In The Kitchen – Recreating The Butterfinger Cupcake

I am a HUGE baking fan – I love it so much that I even have a blog dedicated to my baking adventures. I am also a huge fan of Food Network, Top Chef, and basically anything food related – and I know there are a lot of foodies out there like me who love recreating dishes from their favorite resturants at home.

And since Disney has some of the best food in the world, it’s only natural that there are people out there trying to recreate those amazing tastes at home!

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One of my personal faves? The Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Roles Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – this thing is EPIC – a moist chocolate cake with a gooey fudge center, vanilla frosting, a chocolate shell, and butterfinger pieces – who wouldn’t to make these at home?

Sugar high ButterfingerYou want some of that goodness? Here’s the recipe, give it a try!

 

Starring Rolls Butterfinger Cupcakes
(Recipe courtesy of Plain Chicken)

Ingredients

1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake
1 can fudge frosting

4 cups chocolate chips
6 Tbsp canola oil

3 (3.7 oz) King Size Butterfingers

Quick Buttercream Frosting
18 Tbsp butter, softened
6 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
6 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Prepare cupcakes according to directions on cake mix package. Let cupcakes cool completely.

Using a sharp knife, cut a circle out on top of the cupcake. Make your cut go about halfway into the cupcake. Remove the cake chunk and fill the hole will fudge frosting (I used two spoons to scoop the frosting into the hole). Invert the cupcake chunk on top of the fudge frosting – you want the extra cake to be sticking up.

Prepare the buttercream frosting. Mix together all the ingredients and beat on medium for 3 minutes, until fluffy. Transfer frosting into a piping bag and pipe frosting on top of the cupcakes, covering the cake chunk. Let the frosting set up for 30 minutes.

While the frosting is setting up, crush the Butterfingers in the food processor until completely pulverized. **I froze the Butterfingers and crushed them frozen.**

Combine chocolate chips and oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir and continue to heat at 30 second intervals until completely melted. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before using. (You might want to do this in two batches so the chocolate doesn’t harden while you dip the cupcakes) Dip the frosted cupcakes into the chocolate – I used a spoon to hold the frosting into place to make sure it didn’t fall off the cupcake. Immediately coat the cupcake with the pulverized Butterfingers – just smash it all over the chocolate. Repeat until all cupcakes are dipped and covered. Refrigerate approximately 1 hour to allow the chocolate to set up.

 

There are plenty of Disney recipes out there, available online or in Disney cookbooks, so check some out and recreate that “Disney Magic” at your dinner table tonight!

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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Hungry For More

I LOVE taking pictures, so when I go on vacation, it’s like picture taking overload, especially at Walt Disney World where there is so much to see….and EAT. Yes, I admit it, I am one of those food-picture-taking-instagram-my-meals people, and I know some people think its weird, but I think getting to try new and different foods is one of the best parts about vacation, especially at a place like Walt Disney World, where the dining options are so plentiful!

 

So here are some of my favorite meals from recent WDW trips

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Bangers and Mash at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney – the sausage was amazing, and so was everything else about this dish! We have been back to Raglan Road on later trips, and every item we have eaten has been delicious, including the fish fry and steak!

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An assorted plate of goodies from the braekfast buffet at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom. Everything was delicious – from the biscuits, to the breakfast pizza, to the Mickey waffles – all freshly prepared for our enjoyment! The Crystal Palace serves 3 meals a day buffet style with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet making the rounds for autographs and hugs. I have eaten all three meals here, and while breakfast is my favorite, they do a great job at lunch and dinner too!

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Chicken Enchiladas at San Angel Inn in Epcot’s Mexico. I have to say, this restaurant was the surprise of the trip – in a good way! We weren’t sure what to expect, but the food was delicious and authentic, and the atmosphere dark and romantic. We will be back for sure!

Pork

Pork tenderloin at the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the pork and the creamy polenta, and while I am not a pork person, even I have to admit that this one is a winner!

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Ok, so this one technically isn’t a meal, but it’s practically big enough to be a whole meal! The Butterfinger Cupcake available at Starring Roles Cafe in Hollywood Studios is a chocolate cupcake with a fudge center (my fave part!), whipped vanilla frosting, and a hard chocolate shell covered in crushed butterfinger pieces. It’s huge, its delicious, and the best part is, it’s a snack on the disney dining plan (a definite value, considering it’s size!)

 

I hope these have inspired you to try a new restaurant next time you’re at WDW! (And if all I have done is make your mouth water…then I apologize!)

 

TGIF!

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