has been open now for a few months, and on a recent trip to Walt Disney World — after a LOOOOOONG day in the parks — I thought it would be fun to head over to Disney Springs in the evening to enjoy a few (OK, a LOT) of desserts. ;-D
The upscale patisserie is quite unique. Whimsical cakes and pastries are handcrafted individually in the show kitchen, and THEY. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. It’s fascinating to stand by and watch as these edible works of art take shape. In addition to individual pastries and multi-serving cakes, Amorette’s also features what they call “Petit” cakes — just enough to serve two people. (Or, if you’re an AJ, one person.)
But you’ll pay a pretty penny for all of that beauty. On average, prices are definitely higher here than at Amorette’s closest competition, BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie at Epcot.
Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of Amorette’s Seasonal Offerings.
Amorette’s Fall Petit Cake
was one of our favorites when we first reviewed the new spot in Disney Springs.
But since they opened last Spring, they’ve been also begun offering Petit Cakes in other flavors and designs. Every time we’ve visited, we’ve spied both the Petit Tea Cake and Petit Coffee Cake.
The Seasonal Petit Cakes have also been a delightful surprise. For Summer, Amorette’s offered an Orange Marmalade version. The handpainted cake was decorated with Gold Leaf and Sugarpaste Flowers, and was so so pretty.
But now that the weather is turning cooler, the bakery is embracing autumnal flavors with their Fall Petit Cake. I was super excited to try this one for myself, since I love the spicy flavors of this time of year.
The cake is decorated to look like birch tree trunk, with a sweet little heart and the letter “A” carved into the side. Like other desserts at Amorette’s, the hand painted detail and individual attention is obvious here.
The dainty leaves on top were brushed with gold and red color, and looked like they had been blown by the wind to a resting place on top of the cake. And I was assured that they were edible (though they felt and tasted like straight up paper to me).
Inside, we found the same attention to detail, as the cake is made up of multiple layers and components. Once we cut into it, we found Spiced Chiffon Cake, Caramel Mousse, Milk Jam (whatever that is), Chocolate Flourless Cake, and Apple Compote.
And this is where, I’m afraid, they lost me.
I wanted to love this — truly I did. But the flavors were overwhelming, with an almost perfume-like quality. Amorette’s was just trying too hard to hit all the autumnal spicy notes in this one…and the strong flavors overwhelmed each other. It wasn’t a hit. And it wasn’t worth the $15 price tag in my opinion. (Note: $15 isn’t all that bad for a handcrafted dessert for two people — I’m perfectly happy to pay that — but the problem here was the flavors not working for me, not the concept price.)
But in all honesty, I’m often critical of “fancy” desserts and tend to better enjoy the basics. Give me a Sprinkles Ice Cream Sammy (which actually, is anything but basic :-D) over this one any day. So to recap — major style points, but not so much in the flavor department.
Amorette’s Mickey Pumpkin Cake
Now, here’s one I didn’t try, but I HAD to show you! Amorette’s features truly awesome “dome cakes,” which serve…probably 6-8 people (they weren’t specific)…and are adorably decorated to represent Disney characters.
We recently spotted a seasonal Mickey Pumpkin cake that was too cute. Check him out!
He’s chocolate chiffon cake, milk, chocolate mousse, and orange pate de fruit jelly; and he’s all yours for the low low price of $65! ;-D You can order him by calling (407) 934-3500 or stopping by Amorette’s at least 72 hours in advance of when you need the cake. (The ordering information is true of all Amorette’s cakes.)
Amorette’s churns out gorgeous pastries, but — for me — they fall flat when it comes to flavors and textures. And so far, that kinda sums up my feeling about Amorette’s in general. However, other DFB team members LOVE the place — and their desserts. The Disney Food Blog team score is 50/50 on this one, so we’re looking forward to trying more here to see if we can get a consistent pro/con recommendation.
If you want to try it out, know that you’ll be spending at least $8 per dessert, so maybe get one to share and, if you love it, grab a few more!
But seriously — I want to hear what you guys think here. What are your impressions of Amorette’s so far? Leave a comment and let us know what you think about the Disney Springs patisserie!