Sunday Brunch: Spotting Stripes
9 December 2012
Writer's Note: My sincerest apologies to my
faithful, occasional, any and all readers since I have missed the
past three weeks with Sunday Brunch articles. Life happens and
sometimes the extras need to be set aside in lieu of life's
responsibilities so I appreciate your patience and support in my
It's 'Spot Week' for our 101 weeks of Days of the
Week articles, but instead of spots, I've been seeing stripes! While
actual Dalmatians haven't been seen in the Disney parks since the
pre-'Boo to You' Halloween parade, another black and white animal
has found permanent residence in the Disney parks. In the Animal
Kingdom, the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction added the new Zebra
habitat to guests' safari adventure this past November. After
spotting the new striped residence, what better way to celebrate
than by eating Disney's best striped desserts at the Animal Kingdom
and Animal Kingdom Lodge!
First stop is right in Harambe where guests can
enjoy a Zebra cupcake at the
Kusafiri Bakery. It is pretty generic, simply a vanilla cupcake
with buttercream frosting and zebra striped chocolate d'cor. While
not quite avant-garde and daring in flavor as other Walt Disney
World cupcakes, the Zebra Cupcake's rather basic recipe and design
is the perfect cupcake to satiate your sweet tooth. It is worth
noting that the chocolate pieces here have a better quality and
richness than the imitation chocolate found in other quick service
We escape the wilds of the park into the restful
sanctuary of the Animal Kingdom Lodge to spot the next delectable
striped treat, the Zebra Dome, among the most popular of the whole
Walt Disney World resort. Probably the signature dessert of the
Lodge, the Zebra Dome is an Amarula flavored chocolate frozen mousse
on a sponge cake enrobed in white chocolate ganache with dark
chocolate stripes. In my research I've found that the domes were
once flavored with Kahlua and espresso for a mocha flavored dome,
but now they have been more inherently African flavored with Amarula.
Amarula is a sweet creamy liqueur from South Africa made from the
fruits of the Marula tree, which happen to be a popular snack for
the African elephant.
In my experience eating Zebra domes with friends and
family, there is a clear divide as half of them thoroughly enjoy
them while the other half have no interest in having more than the
initial sample. With the flavoring aside, the dessert itself is
quite rich, due to the high fat content from the chocolate and egg
yolks. The flavor provided by the Amarula is found to be quite
strong and powerful from not only in its fruity caramel flavor of
the Marula fruit, but in the alcohol content from the liqueur.
Usually any food that uses wines, spirits, and liqueurs are cooked
and baked so the alcohol component evaporates away leaving the
flavor behind. In the case of the Zebra Domes, it does not bake off
as the mousse is made and served cold. While the amount of liqueur
per dome is minute, the alcoholic flavor is present enough to cause
some guests to dislike them. In the name of pastry, I overlook that
part and enjoy Zebra Domes for their unique flavor and whimsical and
wild design, making the striped dessert worth spotting.
Due to popular demand, the Zebra Domes may be purchased at the Mara,
the resort's quick service location.
Zebra Domes in their natural habitat: the dessert display at Boma,
available during the resort's dinner buffet.