Let’s visit a wonderful little corner of Hollywood Studios called Starring Rolls Café’!
Starring Rolls features all sorts of pastries and specialty coffees for breakfast, focaccia sandwiches and sushi (!) for lunch, desserts, and more… and by more, I’m referring to the Starring Rolls CUPCAKES!! Yes, cupcakes technically fall under the category of “desserts,” but these four gems deserve a category all their own.
You’ll find Starring Rolls on the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard. Hollywood Boulevard is the Studios “Main Street,” and you will find the Café on your first right prior to Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat. A caveat: Starring Rolls Café closes earlier than the rest of the Park. If you want to make a stop, be sure you take a peek at this sign in front of the café to plan:
Let’s start with the legendary Butterfinger Cupcake:
I use the word “legendary” because this cupcake, much like the Carrot Cake Cookie, has dedicated fans all its own. Chocolate cake with a fudge-y (is that word :)?) center, topped with vanilla frosting and completely smothered in crushed, salty-sweet Butterfinger candy bar:
Turns out, it’s a legend for good reason :).
Now for the Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcake. Just LOOK at this thing:
NOTE: I tried this during Star Wars Weekends , hence Darth Vader—you will only find him topping this cupcake during this Star Wars fanfest. Underneath those beautiful chocolate shavings sits chocolate cake topped with chocolate peanut butter frosting. If the shavings on top don’t sell you on this, nothing will. In fact, for me, that was the best part. That’s not to say the cupcake itself didn’t rock—IT DID. It’s just personal taste–peanut butter is not my favorite. But if it’s your thing, you CAN’T go wrong here.
Up next: the Marble Cupcake. Of the four, it was probably the one I was least excited to try: a marble yellow and chocolate cake base, covered in vanilla frosting hiding a big ol’ dollop of fudge topping… all topped with sprinkles and what I like to call “Mickey Confetti.” Not that it doesn’t sound great, but when I looked at the other options, it was the last one on my list to try.
BOY, was I wrong! This cupcake is wonderful—maybe all the more wonderful because it is simpler than the others. The chocolate fudge frosting shot this cupcake into my Number Two choice.
So what was Number One? Allow me to introduce you to the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake.
The name tells you almost everything: Red Velvet cake topped with a chunk of cheesecake and vanilla frosting. What it doesn’t tell you, but you can easily see, is that it’s also topped with chocolate-covered toffee bits. That’s right—toffee AND cheesecake! What’s not to love? I almost didn’t even care what was underneath—this one was all about the topping for me, and it was SO good that it trumped everything else. If you’re a cheesecake person, it may do the same for you.
My ultimate conclusion: WHY CHOOSE?!? Grab your vacation partners, buy one each and dig into them all! All four cupcakes count as Snack Credits on the Disney Dining Plan, or can be yours for a VERY worth-it $3.99.
A special thank you to my beautiful friends who made this feast possible, and for some of my favorite memories in Walt Disney World and of all time… much love…