The king has returned! The Lion King themed Simba cupcake first appeared at Disney’s Animal Kingdom almost five years ago. The treat was a hit with Lion King and cupcake fans alike when it was first available. Now it’s back but with a slightly updated recipe for the film’s anniversary. The cupcake still looks the same on the outside, but as everyone in the pride lands knows, it’s what’s inside that counts!
The Lion King cupcake is yellow cake with sweet buttercream and an edible image of Simba in a mane of frosting. When the dessert first appeared in 2014, it featured a delightful passion fruit filling. For its return, the cupcake is filled with decadent white chocolate mousse. The mousse adds a chocolate kick that stands out among the vanilla flavors of the cake and frosting. If you’re a chocolate fan like myself, this is a welcome surprise to find! My true favorite part is the yellow and orange frosting that makes Simba’s mane. If you ask me, you can never have too much frosting.
The cupcake is being released again just in time for the anniversary of the of The Lion King’s debut in theaters. The beloved Disney classic was released 25 years ago and has become cherished by many generations. Cupcakes aren’t the only way to celebrate this anniversary in the parks though. Starting January 18th, Animal Kingdom will offer The Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party, new photo opportunities and more to mark the film’s milestone. You can start working on your roar and grab a Simba cupcake for $5.99 at Creature Comforts (the Starbucks location) on Discovery Island. It’s also eligible for purchase with Dining Plan snack credits.
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