by Kendall Foreman
In prior posts, I have shared how very much my husband and I thoroughly enjoy food. From downhome to gourmet, and all the good eats in between, he and I enjoy trying it all. Of course, we are quick to share that some of the best foods we have tasted have been created and served at WDW. We frequently find ourselves comparing foods we dine on at home to those we have while on vacation. From time to time, the two of us speculate as to how far we would travel just to have a particularly delicious bite again. These are the kinds of foods you find yourself torn between savoring and devouring. While on our last trip, I found myself in just such a blissful tug-of-war. In the midst of it, I looked at my husband and happily declared, “I think I would drive from home to here just to eat this again.” It was then that he and I developed and instituted our “1-10 Food Scale”. For the remainder of our trip, what we ate, we rated. A supreme rating of “10” indicated that we would be willing to make the 2,000 mile round trip to eat it again. A humiliating rating of “1” punishingly deemed a dish/food so undesirable that we would struggle to politely decline a free sample if it were offered to us in the future. A food receiving a “1” is bad, so very, very bad that uncontrollable pouting may actually follow the eating of it. Conversely, a “10” worthy bite/dish is so incredibly delicious that spontaneous elation might erupt into irrepressible clapping, cheering, grinning, weeping, mmm mmm humming, etc.
This month’s “I Have a Craving” post is all about the “10” I awarded to the Lemon Meringue Cupcake exclusively available at Be Our Guest Restaurant located in the Magic Kingdom. This single-serving of “choir singing” deliciousness is part of a full menu created by 25-year Disney Chef Michael Deardorff. At the time of our trip, the dessert menu included a Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake, a Triple Chocolate Cupcake, a Chocolate Cream Puff, and a Passion Fruit Cream Puff, all of which sounded delightful to me. Alas, I had to choose just one. Fortunately for me, the fact that I thoroughly enjoy lemony desserts made selecting the Lemon Meringue Cupcake easy. I must tell you that the pleasing burst of tartness the lemon added to this subtly sweet, luscious dessert was absolute perfection. The literal “icing on the cake” was made up of delicate peaks of lofty meringue lovingly flame-tipped to a toasted marshmallow-like light brown. The meringue was topped off with a dusting of fresh lemon zest and a decorative square of white chocolate. Beneath all the enticing fluffy goodness was a melt-in-your-mouth vanilla sponge cake filled with smooth lemon custard. All of which was safely nestled in a dainty yellow and white polka dotted wrapper. The inspired marriage of sweetness and acidity was enhanced by the flawless variety of textures. I say, “Well done, Chef Deardorff, well done!” This cake was delicious, or as Lumière would declare, “Ce gateau est délicieux.” This dessert was so awesome, I learned French while eating it. (Not really. I hope my translation is right?)
Priced at $2.99 during lunch and $3.99 at dinner, this edible version of elegance and charm is worth every cent, and profoundly worthy of my “10” rating. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Are you counting the days… hours… minutes until you have the opportunity to try and rank this single-serving scrumptiousness? I know I am ready to embark on my round trip. I am quite confident neither you nor I will be disappointed. For those of you who have already had the pleasure of savoring or devouring the Lemon Meringue Cupcake at Be Our Guest Restaurant, how would you rate it in on a scale of 1-10? What foods at WDW would you rate a 10?
Kendall began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband. As a child, she and her family filled vacations with challenges such as “How many times can we ride Splash Mountain during SpectroMagic and the fireworks?” (Answer: 7) Now, after marrying a converted Disney skeptic, she and her husband enjoy challenges such as “How many hours can we eat nonstop at the Food & Wine Festival?” (Answer: 4)