The bustling scene at Disney Springs offers many excellent extracurricular endeavors that can be paired with an already seemingly perfect Disney vacation or enjoyed individually. Just consider the many interactive store experiences, like those offered in-house at the LEGO Store. The Coca-Cola Store is another well-loved haunt, and don’t even get me started on the fun times to be had by visiting the M&M’s Store.
On the sweeter side of things, Disney Springs is also home to one of the most unique, albeit, underrated, patisseries around. And what’s still largely unbeknown to so many is the fact that it’s here you can sign up to experience one of the most engaging hands-on culinary excitements in all of Walt Disney World—the opportunity to decorate your very own Mickey Mouse dome cake under the careful instruction of professionals in the field. I am, of course, referring to none other than Amorette’s Patisserie and their ongoing Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience offerings. A genuinely remarkable hidden gem of an opportunity, you’d be hard-pressed to find another novelty experience that literally lets you have your cake (decorate it) and eat it too. Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience.
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A Bit of Amorette’s History
To fully appreciate Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience, it may be helpful to learn a little more about the history and significance of Amorette’s Patisserie in general and its role in the Disney Springs scene. Amorette’s Patisserie opened to the public on May 15, 2016, following the massive transformation of the former Downtown Disney scene into Disney Springs. As was the case with the other Disney Springs developments, an elaborate backstory was assigned to the bakery’s operations. That story highlighted it as one of the first shops making up the scene of the Town Center. It was established circa the 1900s and passed down from generation to generation, eventually becoming owned and operated by two artistic sisters, Kara and Sara. The two continue to bring their love for creating and designing pastries to the forefront and, therefore befittingly chose the word “Amorette” (meaning “little love” in French) to suit their current operation.
The whole boutique-like setup that Amorette’s exudes, along with the old-fashioned hatboxes they package their goodies in, gives it that final all-encompassing touch of high-end quaintness. They are, of course, renowned for their vast presentation of classic and contemporary cakes, which take many forms and fashions. Additionally, the shop garners high praise for other sweet treats and baked goods, including macarons, cookies, tarts, eclairs, pastries, and more. They even offer a light lunch/dinner menu featuring sandwiches made on focaccia bread and croissants, along with a selection of specialty beverages, some of which include alcohol.
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Are Lessons Conducted Onsite?
Now for the lessons. Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience takes place within the shop itself. More specifically, you get to work right within the space of the featured show kitchen, where Guests get to see Amorette’s professionals live and in action during regular operating hours.
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Start Times and Duration
These cake-decorating classes are conducted on select mornings at 9:15 a.m., well before Amorette’s public opening time. The entire experience spans a grand total of 90 minutes.
What to Know About Arrival
Because the event occurs early on in the day, there are a few things you need to know about arriving onsite in time for it. For those traveling by private vehicle, note that you will need to park in the Orange Garage, which opens daily at 9 a.m. This is the closest, already-open garage to Amorette’s Patisserie, as the Lime Garage will still be closed when lessons begin. Participants traveling from Disney Resort accommodations may confirm with the concierge that Resort Shuttle schedules are running to Disney Springs early enough in the day for the event. Those utilizing rideshares should use the Marketplace Bus Loop on the east side.
Once you arrive on the scene at Amorette’s Patisserie, you will check in at the register, be offered a beverage, be supplied with a protective apron to wear, and then be led to your own decorating table. These tables will be your personal workspace, adorned with everything you need for the event, including name cards, gloves, a cake spinner, painting brushes, and even edible paints.
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What You Will Learn
These experiences are all led by Amorette’s own staff of professional pastry artists. In addition to covering all the more obvious aspects of cake decorating, instruction also includes sharing insider knowledge, tidbits, and fun stories on a more personal level. For instance, many folks are fascinated to learn that it actually takes three days to construct a single dome cake. This is because each cake is baked separately in order to get the layers down just right. Then icing is applied to the cakes while they are still frozen, at that!
At the heart of the hands-on aspect of Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience, you will learn the right way to pour the glaçage (mirror glaze) over the dome cake you are working on, along with how to coat the Mickey Ears and other edible decorative elements you will be applying. In most instances, Guests decorate Mickey Mouse-themed dome cakes. However, this may change depending on the date, season, and instructor’s preference. Other dome cake themes we’ve seen in the past have included Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and other Disney Characters.
About the Classes
Class sizes for each event are kept relatively small. In fact, the total number of participants per session typically does not exceed 14. This allows for more personalized one-on-one instruction when needed and keeps things inviting and friendly. Anyone aged five and older is welcome to join in.
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It should be established by now that reservations are required to participate in Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience. This goes back to the idea that keeping class sizes smaller and more manageable is key to enjoying an optimal time. It also allows staff to plan accordingly, knowing well in advance how many supplies will be needed for each session.
Those wishing to cancel a reservation must do so at least two days before their intended date to receive a full refund. The total cost will be charged to those who cancel after the 48-hour window or those who do not show up at all.
The reality is that this experience doesn’t come cheap. But even with the hefty price tag of $199 plus tax, it’s worth noting that this cost covers a single reservation, which can cover up to two participants assigned to a single cake. For an additional $50, plus tax, you may also request a second cake. To request a second cake, you must do so and make your additional payment 48 hours before your intended session. This can be done by calling 407-934-3500.
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The highlighted sum above also covers the vast assortment of complimentary, all-you-care-to-enjoy beverages provided to you and all other participants throughout the experience. These include specialty coffee drinks, juices, teas, and even spirited specialties for those Guests 21 years of age and older.
Participants will also receive other compliments throughout the experience, varying from session to session. However, one constant you can count on is the gifting of a special pin highlighting how you partook in Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience.
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You Get to Take the Cake
Saying that Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience takes the cake really is a pun that rings true. But it should be known that you are the one who actually gets to take the cake—the one you helped to decorate. That’s right! Once all the fun of decorating ends, you get to keep your crafted confection and rightfully enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Have plans to enjoy a day at Disney Springs before heading out? That’s okay, Amorette’s Patisserie will happily keep your cake for you throughout the duration of time you spend making your rounds. Just don’t forget to return before the end of the day to retrieve your masterpiece morsel!
How to Sign Up
If you’re looking to sign up for Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience, or you want to learn more about future sessions and availability, you may do so directly through the official Walt Disney World website. You may also book Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience via the My Disney Experience App or by calling the Disney Enchanting Extras Collection phone line directly at 407-939-7529.
So many wonderful extra experiences await you throughout Walt Disney World Resort. But Amorette’s Patisserie Cake Decorating Experience is the real icing on the cake.