First Look and Review: Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs

We have been waiting patiently since we first heard the announcement, and the day has finally arrived. The doors to Amorette’s Patisserie have officially opened!

The brand new, upscale bakery joins other boutique sweets spots, like Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, The Ganachery, and Vivoli Gelateria, at Disney Springs this week. The work on the newly re-imagined shopping and dining district is just about complete, and it’s pretty amazing.

But along with other carts and shops, Amorette’s Patisserie has been on our short list of places to anticipate! Let’s head in and take a look around.

Atmosphere

Step into the newly opened Town Center at Disney Springs and you’ll soon locate Amorette’s Patisserie. The Disney-created back story is charming: artistic sisters Kara and Sara are the current owners of the shop, which has been passed down through many generations of their family. The shop dates back to the earliest days of Disney Springs, around 1900.

Amorette's Patisserie Sign

Amorette’s Patisserie Sign

Amorette's Patisserie -- Outside

Amorette’s Patisserie — Outside

But the sisters are as interested in artistic expression via beautiful and delicious pastries as they are in other forms of art. And so you see evidence of their handiwork throughout the shop. We’ll get to some sweet examples in a minute, but first, let’s look around a bit.

I was expecting more light from above, like an artist’s studio. Instead, ceilings are high, with warm wooden beams and whimsical painted touches outlining some of the wood.

Inside Ordering Area

Inside Ordering Area and Lines on Opening Day

Ceiling Detail

Ceiling Detail

This Tiffany-inspired chandelier is framed by beams, and stands out over the front entrance of the store.

Stained Glass Chandelier and Ceiling Details

Stained Glass Chandelier and Ceiling Details

The round pedestal table directly below gives you a hint at some of the treats you can enjoy at Amorette’s. You can see the artistic references in the presentation — like the cookies in the artist’s paint box.

Display at the Front of the Store

Display at the Front of the Store

I love the vintage-looking glass cloches — but don’t be tempted to grab a treat from beneath one. Those are for display only. :-)

Macarons On Display

Macarons On Display

Ultimate Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies are packaged and ready to go, but you can also get them warm if you prefer.

Amorette's Ultimate Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Amorette’s Ultimate Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies on Display for Purchase

Macarons in a myriad of pastel colors also make a nice take-along treat. They come six to an order, and flavors include Cassis-Violet, Caramel Sea Salt, Pistachio, Chocolate, Passion Fruit, and Citrus.

Macarons

Macarons on Display for Purchase

It’s an interesting aesthetic. Bumped up against the vintage decor and pink packaging, you have surprising “pops” of color, like this display in the show kitchen area. Looks a lot like a collection of paints for the artists, doesn’t it?

Decoration in Work Area

Decoration in Work Area

Decor

More Colorful Artistic Decor

We also spied some colorful and surprising artwork on inspiration boards. Once again, the theme of Amorette’s being part artist’s studio, part patisserie is driven home by the translation of the painting’s palette into cake. :-)

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

Beyond the main ordering area and to the left, you’ll find a separate counter for Beverages. Here, you can enjoy a variety of drinks. There’s milk for dunking cookies, of course. But there’s also a variety of Joffrey’s Coffee and Espresso. If you’re looking for dessert in liquid form, Amorette’s Hot Chocolate Ganache with Chantilly and Shaved Dark Chocolate will fit the bill nicely.

Beverage Ordering Area

Beverage Ordering Area

Beverage Station

Beverage Station

Fix your coffee just the way you like it at the Beverage Condiment area, which sits to one side. Check out the tile work!

Beverage Condiments

Beverage Condiments

Or you can elevate your pastry experience with a glass of Champagne or Sparkling Wine. At present, they offer Taittinger Brut La Française, Iron Horse Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvée Brut, Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco, and Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red.

Atmosphere

Champagne and Sparkling Wines Chilling

And — surprise! — there is seating here! You’ll find actual tables and chairs, but there are also bars at which you can stand and snack. The set up is similar to what you find at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie  in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Indoor Seating

Indoor Seating

There is additional seating outside too, if you prefer dining al fresco, and pergolas filter the light, especially as the sun is setting.

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Back inside, you might be wondering how it all works!

Cake Pick Up Sign

Cake Pick Up Sign

Let’s take a little tour of the show kitchen and pastry cases to get a feel for things.

Amorette’s Patisserie Show Kitchen

Speaking of the Show Kitchen, it’s an extra special treat to watch the pastry team put together these edible masterpieces. This place really is equal parts art studio and bakery.

A Cast Member Creating Pastries

A Cast Member Creating Pastries

Creating Tiny Masterpieces

Creating Tiny Masterpieces

Decorating the Finished Pastries

Decorating the Finished Pastries

While watching the action, we spied Amorette’s Signature Cake on display.

Chocolate Cake on Display

Amorette’s Signature Cake Cake on Display

We’ll be talking a little more about this one later (and we’ll give you a peek inside!)

Eats

The space is lovely and watching the the culinary team craft individual treats is mesmerizing. But at the end of the day, I wanted to dig in and sample. After all, pretty is great and all, but delicious is best. :-)

To assist us in ordering on opening day, the bakery actually had card stock menus, so I snapped pics of them for you to see all that’s available.

Amorette's Patisserie Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Amorette’s Patisserie Menu — Click to Enlarge

Amorette's Patisserie Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Amorette’s Patisserie Menu — Click to Enlarge

It’s a lot to take in, so we’ll take them as they come.

We’ll start with the Mickey Financiers. Like the Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies we spied earlier, these are boxed up and ready to go for guests who are looking for a pastry fix tout de suite.

Mickey Financiers

Mickey Financiers

Financiers are small sponge cakes, usually with almond flour in them, and these are marked gluten friendly. (We’re seeing this term used more and more when a restaurant wants to indicate that there is no gluten in the recipe, but they aren’t prepared to declare an item totally gluten free due to the presence of gluten in the kitchen.)

Mickey Financiers -- Up Close in the Box

Mickey Financiers — Up Close in the Box

Diving into the large bank of refrigerated pastry cases, it’s important to note what you will not find at Amorette’s. This is not a Disney Confectionery stop like Big Top Treats, Sweet Spells, or Zuri’s Sweets Shop. There are no Caramel Apples (Mickey or otherwise), Marshmallow Wands, Krispies, or other familiar treats. Likewise, you won’t spy boxed “generic” Disney candies for sale anywhere. For now, anyway, they seem to be staying true to the story. Yep, there are some Mickeys (and Minnies), but they’re all woven into the ethos of the spot.

As promised, Amorette’s is more than just a stop for a pastry. The shop also creates large cakes. We saw a few different varieties on display while there. The Macaron Cake is a showstopper. Featuring Lemon Chiffon Cake, White Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Pate de Fruit Jelly, and Italian Buttercream, the cake is trimmed with Macarons and topped with a Gold Leaf-Flecked Rose. How much would I love to see inside this one!

Macaron Cake

Macaron Cake

But I’m guessing that many Minnie fans will adore the Minnie Cake. Similar to the Macaron Cake, this one features a Lemon Chiffon Cake and White Chocolate Mousse as well, but the Pate de Fruit Jelly here is Strawberry. (Dome cakes fashioned after all of your other favorites — Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto — are also available for order.)

Minnie Cake

Minnie Cake

We also caught a glimpse of the shop’s Signature Cake, boxed up and ready to go.

Signature Amorette's Cake -- Up Close

Signature Amorette’s Cake — Up Close

Eleven layers here include (hold onto your hat): Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Cake, Cherry Mousse, Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Pate de Fruit Jelly, and Italian Buttercream — all under a blanket of Hibiscus Fondant. (We’ll give you a look inside in just a sec.)

Signature Amorette's Cake

Signature Amorette’s Cake

Which one do you want to try first? We can’t decide!

While we’re all deliberating, we’ll check out the individual desserts. Many come with whimsical names that sound like (surprise!) paintings.

For purists out there, there’s the 49th and Broadway — N.Y. Cheesecake. It’s dressed up with Lemon Curd, Blueberries, and Chantilly.

49th and Broadway -- New York Cheesecake

49th and Broadway — New York Cheesecake

Next, you can savor the Avant-Garde, a Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Chiffon Cake.

Avant Garde -- Chocolate Mousse

Avant Garde — Chocolate Mousse

We spied a Caramel and Coffee Eclair, but the menu hints that other flavors will be available.

Caramel Coffee Eclair

Caramel Coffee Eclair

Dancing with Pavlova is as delicate as a ballerina, and offers Meringue Crisps sandwiched together with Raspberry Pate de Fruit Jelly.

Dancing with Pavlova -- Raspberry Pavlova

Dancing with Pavlova — Raspberry Pavlova

The dramatic Palais Garnier is Chocolate Opera Cake with layers of Almond Cake, Chocolate Ganache, and Coffee Buttercream.

Palais Garnier -- Paris Opera Cake

Palais Garnier — Paris Opera Cake

But Reflections in Memphis is the answer to your salty-sweet cravings. The dome-shaped sweet includes Peanut Butter Mousse, Toasted Cake, Banana Pate de Fruit Jelly, and Caramelized Bacon. Is this the new King Cupcake, do you think??

Reflections in Memphis -- Peanut Butter Mousse Dome

Reflections in Memphis — Peanut Butter Mousse Dome

Sunrise Tokyo Bay features some wonderfully unique flavors. This Yuzu Chiffon Cake includes Green Tea, Yuzu Jam, and Mandarin Orange.

Sunrise Tokyo Bay -- Yuzu Chiffon Cake

Sunrise Tokyo Bay — Yuzu Chiffon Cake

The Viennese Waltz is Amorette’s take on another classic confection, the Sacher Torte. This version stays uber true to tradition with Chocolate Almond Financier Cake and Apricot Jam! I’m so excited to see this.

Viennese Waltz Sachertorte

Viennese Waltz — Sachertorte

Strawberry Fields of O.C. will have strawberry-lemon lovers singing for sure. This square offers Lemon Curd, Strawberry Mousse, and Basil Sugar.

Strawberry Fields of OC -- Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Fields of OC — Strawberry Tart

For our final treat, we travel to the Southermost Spot in the U.S. and pay homage to Key West with the Sunset on Mile Marker 0 Key Lime Tart.

Sunset on Mile Marker 0 -- Key Lime Tart

Sunset on Mile Marker 0 — Key Lime Tart

So…what did we order?? Glad you asked. :-D

Here at Amorette’s it’s a lot like the set-up at the Ganacherya cast member guides you through the process like a personal shopper. 

Lemme tell you — it wasn’t easy to make decisions! Since I was “eating in”, I was handed my order on this beautiful hammered copper tray. It was a nice touch.

Assembling My Order

Assembling My Order

Since it was still pretty crowded in there, I headed outside where the light was better and it was a little quieter so that I could enjoy my treats.

My Order!

My Order!

Our Order and the Beautiful Copper Tray

Our Order and the Beautiful Copper Tray

I started with the Avant Garde — Chocolate Mousse. Deep, rich, and chocolatey, this is definitely going to hit the spot for chocolate fanatics.

Chocolate Mousse

Avant Garde — Chocolate Mousse

One word of advice, though — don’t plan to take this one home with you. The mousse isn’t going to stand up to the Florida heat for long. We loved the nod to the Big Cheese on the gold medallion.

This one is suuuuuuper rich, and you’re definitely going to get the hints of coffee here. Plan to share it if you don’t want chocolate overload.

Chocolate Mousse -- Cross Section

Avant Garde — Chocolate Mousse — Cross Section

But you know we’re lovers of Key Lime here! So we had to represent and get the homegrown choice. :-) Sunset on Mile Marker 0 is a lovely upscale tribute to this classic dessert. Besides, that tiny Macaron on top is too cute to pass up!

Key Lime Tart

Key Lime Tart

The light and crispy Macaron base and Graham Cracker Crust made this extra special, and the rings of sweet White Chocolate garnish complemented the strong and tangy lime nicely.

Key Lime Tart -- Cross Section

Key Lime Tart — Cross Section

Speaking of Meringues (not AJ’s favorite, but we digress ;-)  ), the Dancing with Pavlova was definitely very pretty.

Raspberry Pavlova -- Up Close

Raspberry Pavlova — Up Close

The airy light dessert is perfect for someone who likes just a whisper of something sweet. With no overtly rich components, you definitely won’t feel weighed down with this one. It’s your ethereal choice.

Raspberry Pavlova -- Cross Section

Raspberry Pavlova — Cross Section

We couldn’t resist the chance to sample Sunrise Tokyo Bay, which brings together the tang of Yuzu (an Asian Citrus Fruit that tastes a lot like key lime) and the herbal grassy notes of Green Tea.

Yuzu Chiffon Cake

Yuzu Chiffon Cake

Matcha lovers will dig this one, because those flavors are VERY strong. But the more I ate, the more the other flavors balanced out and came through. It was a showstopper both in terms of looks and taste.

Yuzu Chiffon Cake -- Cross Section

Yuzu Chiffon Cake — Cross Section

While it would have been wonderful to dig into one of Amorette’s large cakes, you guys weren’t there to help me. ;-) And so, I settled for the Petit version.

Signature Mini Cake -- In the Box

Signature Mini Cake — In the Box

The packaging really makes this something special. I could see splurging on a petit cake for a special occasion. (Like, you know,  Thursday.)

Signature Mini Cake -- Box Opened

Signature Mini Cake — Box Opened

I really wanted to see inside the Signature Cake for myself, so it won today. (I have a feeling I’ll be back for others.)

The small version of the signature cake is enrobed in Fondant, but it’s Vanilla, rather than the Hibiscus Fondant that covers the larger version. The covering is pliable and delicious — not stiff or dry like I was afraid it would be.

And I love the beautiful decoration, including the White Chocolate Rose Petal. The piping is the same design you’ll see throughout Amorette’s in the decor and touches.

Signature Mini Cake -- Top View

Signature Mini Cake — Top View

A ribbon trims the base, and it’s secured with a Chocolate Seal bearing the shop’s initial.

Signature Mini Cake -- Side View

Signature Mini Cake — Side View

But cut into it, and you see the real drama. There are those lovely layers of moist cake, mousse, and jelly filling. A thin layer of Buttercream helps the fondant to adhere to the cake. The large version of this cake has 11 layers, and this one looks to have about 9 or 10.

Signature Mini Cake -- Cross Section

Signature Mini Cake — Cross Section

This petit cake was absolutely my favorite thing I tried. And don’t let its demure size fool you — it’s so rich, you’re gonna want to share.

Overall

Amorette’s did a good job at kicking things off during our first visit, and we look forward to returning to see how the shop continues to evolve. Besides, we still need to try Reflections in Memphis and that Dreamy Hot Chocolate! :-D

As we wrap up this first visit, we’ll go over a few housekeeping items. At this point, it looks like only non-alcoholic beverages are available on the Disney Dining Plan.

Also, while there were a few large cakes on display when we visited, you’ll want to give Amorette’s 72 business hours advance notice when ordering a cake. To order, just call 407-934-3500. Cast Members let us know though that they hope to have online ordering available within the next six months or so.

Will you be visiting Amorette’s during your next trip to Disney Springs? Leave a comment and tell us what looks good to you!

Comments

  1. says

    I went yesterday and have to agree that sunrise tokyo bay was delicious the flavors balanced out after a bite and just yum! My cast member talked me into the hot chocolate and I was afraid it would have been too much dark chocolate for me but the orange and the cream made this delicious! i really dont like the drinking chocolate from ghiradellhi during food and wine but i would for sure get this again.

  2. Jessica says

    Thanks for the review and pictures! It’s so nice to see a different kind of sweets/dessert shop at WDW. These treats bring back memories of my time studying Pastry in culinary school. I can’t wait to visit!

  3. GS says

    Think they’ll deliver a cake to the Yacht Club for my daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday next month?
    Hope they are as tasty as they look.

  4. MissBianca says

    My eyes and those of my husband are now the size of that petit cake. I think we are going to plan our next trip to WDW just to try the Amorette’s Signature Cake. And given that we live diagonally across the country in Seattle, that means we are IMPRESSED.

    I would love to try one of each.

  5. Kelly M says

    Wow…just, wow.
    This looks incredible.
    I wonder if they have any vacancies for Chief Taster… :-)

    I may have whispered a little ‘yes, thank you!’ at the fact there are none of the generic, find ‘em in every store, pre packaged Disney goodies, as such artistry and bakery beauty shouldn’t have to mix with that. (Cake snob!) :-)

  6. cherie says

    AJ,
    Thanks so much for this fantastic article. Full of details and beautiful photos. i was wondering if you could elablorate a little more on the taste of the signature petit cake?

  7. says

    Cherie — Regarding the Signature Petit Cake, the flavors are so rich that the smaller size is still easily sharable. The strongest flavors that we tasted were the cherry and chocolate. The outside looked like it would be thick and hard but it wasn’t at all, it really did taste like soft buttercream. It was incredible! Very rich…and worth every calorie. :-D

  8. says

    Everything looks divine! Can’t wait to try out Amorette’s along with all of the other new Disney Springs establishments :)

  9. says

    GS — I’m not sure about delivery, but ordering should be available starting next week, so we should know more then. We’ll keep you posted!

  10. Patricia says

    I think I’m actually starting to get overwhelmed by all the new options! That signature cake looks amazing, but that one with the matcha is definitely my pick. I’m going in Sept for the big 30th bday — perhaps I’ll drop a hint to my loved ones to consider ordering a cake! Just kidding, I’m not that narcissistic…but I will definitely make sure we stop here!

  11. Anna says

    Can you give us an idea of how many some of these beautiful treats serve? How many people could share one of the character dome cakes? What about the cakes and petit cakes? Thanks.

  12. Kelli says

    This place is amazing. I bought the cheesecake and thought, geez $8.00… it was worth EVERY penny! Amazingly delicious. Will definitely go back and try other items.

  13. Ashlyn Deighan says

    Hi, it all looks amazing. Like,Anna I would also like to know how many people the signature dome serves? It’s my partner’s birthday when we are there and I am thinking of splurging, but it might be ‘ too much’ for the four of us to eat so I’d probably be better geting him a petit cake …I assume those don’t t need ordering. Thanks

  14. Kimberly says

    The macarons USED to come 6 to a box for $15, as your review shows. I’ve visited about 10 times so far because I love macarons. But when I went last night, the boxes had only 5, and a new sign said 5 for $15! I asked the server, and she said the boxes I had bought with 6 must have had an accidental extra. Um, I can count, and besides, on each box it was written exactly what was inside. One had 2 lemon, 2 caramel and 2 pistachio. One had 4 caramel and 2 pistachio… Anyway, the boxes are sized for 6, and now with only 5 in there, one tilts over in the extra space. These are much better than Epcot’s, but wow, what a quick quantity switcheroo. They haven’t even been open 3 months!

  15. Keith says

    Will this bakery accept custom orders? Like, what if I wanted the Donald dome cake but with the flavors/ fillings of the Mickey cake? It’s for my sister’s birthday, and she loves Donald but hates lemon flavors….

  16. Keith says

    Will this bakery accept custom orders? Like, what if I wanted the Donald dome cake but with the flavors/ fillings of the Mickey cake? It’s for my sister’s birthday, and she loves Donald but hates lemon flavors….

  17. says

    Keith — Give them a call to double check, but I bet they would. They’ve been friendly and accommodating when I’ve called them. Their number is (407) 934-3500.

  18. Diane says

    This place is an absolute MUST DO! I went special for the petite cake as seen in this post and let me say, it did not disappoint. I do not know how the DFB Team got such a clean cut unless the shop cut it for them with a really sharp knife. The plastic knife and fork didn’t do as well but I was still able to get a decent picture to post on my Facebook. It’s definitely enough for two. As I mentioned, I went specifically to eat this little cake and used it as my lunch. I was almost able to finish the entire cake. I did take the left overs with me and although I had to carry it around with me for several hours, which made the fondant quite soft, it was still a tasty midnight snack. At $15.00, it is a bit of a splurge, but what a treat it was. Thank you DFB for this post, I will definitely be going back!

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