A decadent red velvet cupcake, filled and topped with a cheesecake topping, fluffy vanilla buttercream, toffee bits and drizzled with melted chocolate. A recipe replica of the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake from Disney World’s Starring Rolls Cafe.Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

I am kind of obsessed with cupcakes.  OBSESSED.  I actually make and sell gourmet cupcakes in my neighborhood each week.  When I was going to Disney World a couple of years ago, I found out that Disney World is actually quite famous for their cupcakes.  I began jumping for joy (in my head because I didn’t want my family to think I was a weirdo) and started making a list of all of the different cupcakes I wanted to try. The Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World’s Starring Rolls Cafe in Hollywood Studios was at the top of my list!

After consuming this cupcake in Florida, I knew that I needed it to be in my life on a regular basis.  I came up with a recipe and, you guys, it is awesome.  The cake is so moist and the frosting, is, well, cheesecake.  Not cream cheese frosting, but actual cheesecake that is blended up to a smooth consistency in order to be piped onto the cupcake.  This cupcake also has whipped vanilla buttercream, crushed toffee pieces and drizzled chocolate.  Do I have you attention yet?

Although this is a gourmet cupcake, if you take it step by step, this cupcake is actually not to hard to put together.  Imagine how impressed your friends and family will be when you make these decadent and beautiful cupcakes.  I’ve even made a video on how to put these beauties together. Check it out at the end of the post!

The first step in making these cupcakes is to prepare the cake. Red Velvet is kind of a tricky flavor of cake.  It’s actually a chocolate cake, which I didn’t know for a long time, with red food coloring added. The problem is that the cake is brown, so it takes A LOT of red food coloring. To make this recipe easier and less messy, I just use my favorite red velvet cake mix and “doctor it up” a little bit.

Begin by preparing the cake mix, but add 1 extra egg, melted butter instead of oil and milk instead of water. Bake the cupcakes at 325 degrees instead of 350. By baking them at a slightly lower temperature, the cupcakes will come out more flat on top and will be easier to decorate. For this post, I wanted my cupcakes to be the same size as the cupcakes at Disney World, so I used a Jumbo cupcake mold.  You could easily make these cupcakes standard size.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

Let the cupcakes cool, while you make the cheesecake “frosting”. Ok, so this is not really “frosting”, it’s actual cheesecake!  Mix up cream cheese, egg whites, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and vanilla. Bake it and let it cool. Blend it and it’s ready to be piped on the cupcake.  Doesn’t that sound amazing?

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls CafeNext, using a sharp knife at a 45 degree angle,  cut a cone-shaped hole from the center of the cupcake. Fill in the hole with cheesecake. Replace the cake you removed, but put it on upside down, so it makes a cone on top. Pipe the cheesecake around the cake cone.  Prepare the vanilla buttercream frosting, and pipe it around the cheesecake. Press the Heath Toffee bits onto the butter cream.  Melt the chocolate chips, put in a ziploc bag and snip off the end.  Drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops of the cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

Just like that, you have Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes just like they sell at Starring Rolls Cafe!  They would definitely be a fun gift for your kids to give to their teachers on Valentine’s Day.  I hope you enjoy them! Check out the video below, to see who to assemble these yummy treats!

*As I was preparing this post, I found out that Starring Rolls Cafe actually closed this weekend.  I’m glad that I was able to taste this delicious cupcake while it was available and I hope that you will try this recipe so that you can enjoy the yumminess that is the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World’s Starring Rolls Cafe.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes
A decadent red velvet cupcake, filled and topped with a cheesecake topping, fluffy vanilla buttercream, toffee bits and drizzled with melted chocolate. A recipe replica of the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 15-20 Minutes
Servings
Cupcakes
Ingredients
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cheesecake Frosting (Topping)
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Toppings
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 15-20 Minutes
Servings
Cupcakes
Ingredients
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cheesecake Frosting (Topping)
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Toppings
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Disney World's Starring Rolls Cafe
Instructions
Red Velvet Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Prepare the cupcakes according to the cake mix instructions, replacing the water with milk, the oil with melted butter and add an additional egg.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 13-15 minutes for standard size cupcakes and 20-22 minutes for jumbo.
  4. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool to room temperature.
Cheesecake Frosting (Topping)
  1. Beat softened cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add egg whites, vanilla and lemon juice and mix.
  3. Add sugar and corn starch, beat until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into a 9x13 pan and bake at 320 degrees for 35-40 minutes until set up and beginning to brown on top.
  5. Remove from oven and let it cool completely.
  6. Scrape into a bowl and beat until smooth. Place in a piping bag or sandwich bag with the end snipped off.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  1. Beat the butter until nice and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Whip for 2-3 minutes. Add milk as needed.
  3. Place in a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the end snipped off.
Toppings
  1. Place the chocolate chips in a bowl. Microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments until melted. Stir in between.
  2. Place in a small sandwich bag with the end snipped off.
Assembly
  1. Cut a circle in the top of the cupcake with your knife at a 45 degree angle. Remove the cone-shaped piece of cake.
  2. Fill in the hole with cheesecake and replace the cake cone upside-down. The flat side should be on the bottom.
  3. Pipe the cheesecake around the cake cone.
  4. Pipe the vanilla buttercream frosting around the base of the cake cone.
  5. Press the toffee bits on the vanilla buttercream frosting.
  6. Drizzle the top of the cupcake with melted chocolate. Enjoy!
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