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Top 5 Disney Dessert Recipes!

I know you’ve got a big event planned soon and you’re looking for the perfect recipe to try out…right?

OK, even if you’re not, I think today’s post might inspire you to start planning a dinner party! Let’s check out my top 5 favorite Disney dessert recipes! Which ones have you sampled in the parks?

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding at ‘Ohana

Alrighty — it’s time to start out with a BANG! There are few things that I love to eat in all of Disney World more than the Bread Pudding at ‘Ohana.

This Polynesia-meets-churrascaria restaurant can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of quality. But one thing is always certain: the dessert is PERFECT. Seriously…every single time!

The bread pudding is served warm with a heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and the most incredible sauce ever. I could easily eat a bowl full of it.

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding at 'Ohana

It was a happy day when I discovered the ‘Ohana bread pudding recipe, and with it, the power to make this one at home!

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at Liberty Tree Tavern

Say what you will about Liberty Tree Tavern, the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake is a must-order!

While Liberty Tree Tavern dinner is served family style and consists of roasted meats and traditional sides, lunch features an a la carte menu…and it’s awesome. There are many dishes on the menu that I look forward to having when I visit, but I never leave without ordering dessert, and it’s always Ooey-Gooey Toffee Cake!

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

Less a cake and more like a rich, shallow, muffin-shaped chocolate chip cookie, I fell in love with this treat the first time I tasted it! And I could have kicked myself for having passed on it before then. The flavor combo of chocolate and toffee is fantastic, and the scoop of chocolate-drizzled ice cream is the perfect garnish.

If I have just caused you to have wild cravings for this one (as I have myself!) here’s the Ooey-Gooey Toffee Cake Recipe so you can make it tonight!

Grapefruit Cake at The Hollywood Brown Derby

I’ll confess: the first time that I tried the famous Grapefruit Cake at Hollywood Brown Derby, I wasn’t so sure it would be a favorite. But it has cream cheese frosting, so therefore it’s awesome.

Grapefruit Cake from The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Brown Derby’s Grapefruit Cake quickly became another famous recipe from the original eatery to the stars — you can read its history here!

Lightly flavored sponge cake is layered with cream cheese frosting and garnished with a slice of dehydrated grapefruit for a dramatic garnish. But the real secret ingredient — one that isn’t mentioned in the Grapefruit Cake recipe, but you can see in the pictures — is a simple syrup soaking the layers, made with a blood orange syrup. Either way, we know this will be delish!

Maple Crème Brûlée at Le Cellier Steakhouse

I have had a lot of Disney crème brûlée, and I’m not always a big fan. Sometimes it’s too eggy, sometimes too gelatinous. Sometimes, it’s just plain boring.

But that is never the case when I’m at Le Cellier and I order their Maple Crème Brûlée. Not only is it rich with a creamy texture that never strays too far into cooked egg territory, but it also makes use of a notable Canadian delicacy: maple syrup.

Maple Crème Brûlée at Epcot's Le Cellier Steakhouse

And this terrific touch of flavor — so complex and yet at once recognizable — makes it something special. It’s a pretty common Disney dessert taken to the next level with a special regional twist that makes it worth your time and stomach space.

And the good news is that the Maple Crème Brûlée recipe is pretty straightforward. If you’ve made crème brûlée before, then you’ll have no problem with this basic recipe.

Tie Dye Cheesecake at Everything Pop Food Court

Few desserts are as…interesting looking…as the Tie Dye Cheesecake from Everything Pop Food Court. See this showstopper for sale in the food court and you’ve simply gotta try it!

Disney's Pop Century Resort Tie Dye Cheesecake

And slightly unsettling technicolor aside, it’s really good! Layers of cream cheese custard, in every color of the rainbow, sit atop moist red velvet cake for a visual stunner.

I was floored when I found out you could make this magic at home! Several readers have given the Tie Dye Cheesecake recipe a whirl with great results. I’m thinking this is the funnest dessert that you could possibly bake for somebody.

Which One Will You Try?

So whether you need a great sweet ending for that next dinner party you’re planning, or you’re just craving one of your favorites, we hope we’ve provided a little inspiration for you.

Whatever you try, please share your photos with us! I’d love to feature your best efforts in an upcoming post!

Want more great Disney Recipes? Check out our Disney Recipes page here on DFB and our Disney Recipes Board on Pinterest!

Which of these iconic Disney desserts will you be whipping up at home? Let us know below in the comments!

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15 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Love this post! My elementary school aged kids get out of school in a few weeks and I thought it would be fun to make a Disney dessert each week as part of our summer fun. Thanks for planning five of those weeks for me. :-) I think between this post and your menu for the Snack Attack, our list is set! (I wish we could attend the Snack Attack but our fall trip is up in the air right now.) Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Mylene says:

    I did try tho Ooey Gooey Toffee cake recipe :) It was very good but I can’t say that it was exactly like eating the real thing at the real place! Since then, I don’t try Disney recipe at home and I prefer waiting for my next trip (even if it is way too far!!)

  3. Rune says:

    I’m determined to have a crack at the tie-dye cheesecake, love those funky colours, and enjoyed several slices of it last Xmas and will enjoy some more in September.

    Mind you, even if it turns out looking great, I’m betting my version won’t taste as fine as the one served at the Pop because we all know *everything* tastes better on Disney property.

  4. marcellina says:

    After Norway’s School Bread… the Ohana Bread Pudding is my favorite Walt Disney World dessert! I’ve actually made it at home before and it was about 90% as good as the original.. I think eating it AT Ohana make up that 10% difference!

  5. AJ says:

    Sue — That’s awesome! I can’t wait to see your pics from this summer’s recipe making sessions!

    Mylene — There’s something to be said for the atmosphere at Disney! :-)

    Rune — YEAH! I can’t wait to see how it comes out!

    Marcellina — So excited that you made the recipe and enjoyed :-)

  6. Sandra says:

    Just looking at the tie-dyed cheesecake makes me queasy–and I’m a huge cheesecake fan, brought up on the good stuff at diners in NJ. We are among those who love creme brulet as a dessert; rich but not too much after a big meal. The pistachio creme brulet at Tony’s was great, served in a crispy nut shell and garnished with a strawberry. Fun and festive–and good tasting too. But my husband’s favorite WDW dessert so far is a toss-up between the apple strudel served at Biergarten–fresh, real fruit, not too sweet–and the baklava at Tangierine Cafe. With a cafe au lait, it can’t be beat for dessert or an afternoon break.

  7. Jennie says:

    I had my first Ooey Gooey last week and I have the DFB to thank for it. I specifically order a small lunch so there was just enough room for this AAAHHmazing dessert. I also had the Grapefruit Cheesecake at BD while we Dined w/an Imagineer. A fabulous food trip all around. I’ve been trying more wonderful foods on each trip to WDW thanks to your terrific blog.

  8. Essie says:

    I have a group of friends from church, several of which are ‘Disney’ friends and I’m going to make the ‘Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake’ for them some time when we get together. I’ve been wanting to try and make the grapefruit cake for a long time and better get around to it soon, unless I wait and see if I can try it first from the Starring Roles Bakery on my next trip.

  9. Mary says:

    I love the vanilla creme brûlée at Le Chefs de France but the last time we ate there and I asked if I could get the recipe they said it was a secret. Wish someone had it.

  10. Dina says:

    I have been blessed to be able to try all of these and honestly ALL of them are Amazing. I think I will make all of them at my annual Christmas Dessert party. They are just to wonderful not to make for friends and family. My children Love going to Ohana’s and the Bread pudding is one of their favorites.

  11. Janette says:

    Is it wrong that don’t want to try them because I feel they would lose the Disney magic? I wouldn’t have the anticipation of getting it when I go to the parks.

  12. Lee says:

    I have made the ‘Ohana bread pudding. Pretty easy recipe and was a hit as Mother’s Day gathering. I used the Hawaiian rolls for the bread, and it turned out great!

  13. Steve says:

    No way the list is complete without No Way Jose ;) Guess it will remain our little (not) secret !

  14. debbie says:

    Tony’s has the best pistachio creme brulee

  15. Wayne Brown says:

    Whoever said the No Way Jose was spot on!!

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