Review: Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs

Ready to create a little culinary MAGIC?

Because THAT’S the goal for participants in the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie, the Disney owned-and-operated bakery in Disney Springs. From the get-go (it has been open for just over a year), Amorette’s Patisserie has been known for offering a feast for the eye as well as the palate, creating miniature works of art in the form of pastries, cookies, and cakes.

Guests visiting Amorette’s have also spied Character Dome Cakes among the treats. These signature creations feature the associated colors and costume features of beloved characters like Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and Pluto. But perhaps none are as recognizable as the Main Mouse himself: Mickey!

In fact, registered participants in the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie get to learn how to decorate a Mickey Mouse Dome Cake of their very own in a hands-on, small group setting limited to twelve guests. And we’d like to share with you our experience at the class today!

Amorette's Patisserie

Amorette’s Patisserie

The Cake Decorating Experience

The 90-minute class started bright and early at 9:00 am in the Amorette’s Patisserie show kitchen. (The store itself doesn’t typically open until 11:00 am or 12:00 noon each day, so the class takes place prior to opening.)

Amorette's Patisserie

Amorette’s Patisserie

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included with the class price, and we were asked to place our drink request upon entering, choosing from coffee (hot or cold brew), hot tea, a latte or cappuccino, orange juice, milk, a mimosa, or a bellini. Here’s my gorgeous Mimosa!

Mimosa

Mimosa

Next, we all made our way to the tables and chairs, set up in a semi circle to observe the instructors at the table in the front.

Class setup

Class setup

Instructors

Instructors

Upon each table were name cards, gloves, a cake spinner, and painting brushes, along with some of the edible components we’d later be placing on the cakes.

Table setup

Table setup

These included Mickey’s ears, buttons, and tail (made of chocolate and fondant).

Decorating pieces

Decorating pieces

We also had a few bites of the Signature Petite Cake to enjoy with a bit of Italian buttercream for dipping.

Signature Petite Cake Sample

Signature Petite Cake Sample

Sample Cake and Buttercream Icing

Sample Cake and Buttercream Icing

Freshly warmed washcloths completed the setup.

Table setup

Table setup

After settling in, our Pastry Chef instructors – Misha and Mady – introduced themselves, and began by sharing some interesting information with us regarding the process of creating cakes at Amorette’s.

Misha and Mady

Mady and Misha

Did you know that creating a dome cake at Amorette’s is a THREE DAY process? Each cake is baked separately to make the layers very precise and intentional. Icing is applied to cakes while they’re still frozen, so the pastry chefs need to work very quickly.

While the decorating process itself is intense, personal anecdotes from Misha and Mady put us at ease when it came to the thought of trying the cake decorating process for ourselves (there may have even been a few cake-dropping tales shared ;) !)

Misha and Mady

Mady and Misha

Having learned that even these talented pastry chefs make a mistake now and then, I was a little less nervous and more comfortable as we began the Step By Step cake decorating process with our own hands under Misha and Mady’s instruction!

Step by Step Process

Step One

We each received our own dome cake to decorate as additional Cast Members joined in to assist those of us in the class as well.

Dome Cake

Dome Cake

Step Two

We received the bright Red Mirror Glaze for Mickey’s base (made from gelatin, chocolate, and condensed milk).

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Red Mirror Glaze

Our instructors showed us how to pour it over the cake to cover completely.

Covered Cake

Covered Cake

After this step, the cakes were removed to be refrigerated.

Step Three

We painted Mickey’s two signature buttons in yellow.

Yellow Dye

Yellow Bowl and Brush

Buttons in Progress

Buttons in Progress

Step Four

We then used the black coloring to paint Mickey’s familiar ears.

Mickey's ear pre-color

Mickey’s ear pre-color

These are placed on sticks for easy insertion into the cake.

Painting Mickey's ear

Painting Mickey’s ear

Mickey's Complete Ear

Mickey’s Complete Ear

Step Five

Time to paint Mickey’s tail, likewise!

Mickey's Tail

Mickey’s Tail

Step Six

Buttons, ears, and tail are set aside to dry slightly.

Drying Decorative Pieces

Drying Decorative Pieces

Step Seven

Our cakes were brought back to us for another layer of mirror glaze (they received three layers in total).

More Red Mirror Glaze

More Red Mirror Glaze

Another layer of glaze on cake

Another layer of glaze on cake

The cakes then needed some more refrigeration time, so while we waited we were treated to some Hot Chocolate Ganache!

Hot Chocolate Ganache

Hot Chocolate Ganache

Step Eight

Our cakes came out once more, and we then transferred them VERY CAREFULLY to their paper platters.

Transfer of the Cake

Transfer of the Cake

And may I say… “WHEW!”

Safely Transferred Cake

Safely Transferred Cake

Step Nine

We then rolled fondant along the base using the roll and the cake spinner.

Rolled Fondant

Rolled Fondant

Applying Fondant Roll

Applying Fondant Roll

Fondant Roll Applied

Fondant Roll Applied

Step Ten

Time to insert those ears and Mickey’s tail!

Almost Mickey

Almost Mickey

Step Eleven

And using a very tiny amount of water, we attached the two yellow buttons as well.

MICKEY CAKE!!!

MICKEY CAKE!!!

(I’d like to insert an optional step, and that’s… BASK IN THE GLORY!!!)

Step Twelve

We were then individually invited to the instructor’s table to write our names (or any name we wanted) onto the back of the cakes with yellow icing.

Ready for the Finishing Touch

Ready for the Finishing Touch

If this makes you a wee bit nervous, the Pastry Chefs are happy to write yours for you :) .

DFB MICKEY MASTERPIECE

DFB MICKEY MASTERPIECE

Step Thirteen

All of our cakes were set in display cases to dry completely, and the Pastry Chefs welcomed any questions during this time.

Cakes Set To Dry

Cakes Set To Dry

Step Fourteen

Upon drying, our cakes were packaged, bagged up, and we were all on our way with our very own creation!

Packaged Mickey Cake... ready for Safe Transport!

Packaged Mickey Cake… ready for Safe Transport!

So, you do indeed get to have your cake AND EAT IT, TOO, as the saying goes! By the way, if you have plans to hit up the parks or more of Disney Springs right after the class, no worries. Amorette’s will hold your cake creation for pickup until later in the day.

Before we wrap, here are a few more details!

Class Information

The price of the Cake Decorating Experience is $129 (plus tax). The cost covers up to 2 guests decorating one cake (again, class size is limited to twelve). As a point of reference, full size dome character cakes sell for $55.00. Currently, the class is available for booking on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings via the Disney World website through August 25th. However, the experience was already extended once beyond its initial Spring run, so there is reason to hope it may be offered again in the future.

While transportation from the Resorts to Disney Springs typically does not start until later in the morning, it can be provided at 8:00 am for class participants staying in a Disney Resort to ensure guests will be in time for the 9:00 am start.

Again, interested guests can book the experience online via the Disney World website.

Overall

At the current price tag, the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie is definitely a splurge for a special occasion (our class included a couple on their honeymoon as well as a mother decorating a cake for her daughter’s birthday, which was awesome). That said, it is certainly a memorable and unique experience. The kind attention and helpfulness from all of the Cast Members was above and beyond – they definitely made an effort to make sure each of us had a great time. And thanks to the small class size, things never felt rushed.

Finally, walking away with my very own Amorette’s creation that I personally decorated gave this experience something unlike anything else at Disney World. I felt pretty darn proud of my beautiful cake, if I do say so myself! For any hopeful culinary masters on the rise, the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie can be a unique, fun, and tasty mini adventure within your Disney World vacation!

Would you like to participate in the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Essie says

    I would love to do that as I used to do cake decorating, but at that price, I think I’d rather use the money for the Aqua Seas Tour or the Safari.

  2. Pam Romola says

    I have tried to get in every class from day 1. I have tried to sign up for e mail and never get any responce. Please help!!!

  3. vivienne houry says

    Hopefully this becomes a permanent thing as my sister and l would love to do it next year when we come

  4. Lori H says

    I’d love to do this. I’m a cake decorator, but would love to do this with my daughter.

  5. Melissa says

    I attended the cake decorating classes 2 weeks ago, and thought it was one of the most magical Disney experiences I’ve ever had. Yes, the price is steep – but I really think they made it worth the value (the samples, the $55 cake, 2 instructors, and 2 helpers). The instructors shared with us that they are working on classes to learn how to make some of the other Amorette’s items, I hope that’s the case, because I’d be happy to keep signing up for more of these experiences.

  6. Nicole Falcone-Weiner says

    I took this class for my 50th birthday. I have to say the instructors were wonderful. I am a cake decorator forPublix so it was really neat seeing how Disney does things. The class was very informative and I would definitely take the class again and bring my mom next time. I will even tell my fellow cake decorators at Publix that they need to take this class.

  7. Denise Wegge says

    I check every day to see if it is available for an upcoming trip! Sad that often Disney discontinues unique events such as this, even when they are well attended.

  8. Alisa says

    I would love to take this class. I attempted to sign up for this for our trip to Disney in June but it was not available. Very sad we could not get into it.

  9. Marti says

    I would love to attend a class and have tried booking one since day 1 and there always full…please help

  10. Carmella says

    My son and I did it and we loved it!!! Well worth the money. The cake was delicious!

  11. Lori says

    My sister and I attended this class back in June, and had a great time. Bottomless beverages and the cake to take with us made it worth the cost. One thing to note is that the transportation that is supposedly provided was a complete disaster. We asked at Bay Lake Tower (where we were staying) and again at the Contemporary front desk about where to get the transportation, and nobody at either front desk (managers included) had any idea about it, since Disney Springs buses don’t start until 9:30 a.m. They actually told us that we were the first people to ever ask about it, even thought it had been going on for several months by that time. At one point, we were told to go to Epcot and then take a bus to Disney Springs, but that is impossible at that time of the morning. Then we were told to just take Uber (this was before the Minnie vans started), which we refused to do because we had supposedly already paid for the transportation with the class fee. Finally, after much drama, they gave us a taxi voucher to use to get there in time. So, just be prepared for the transportation not to be as easy as it seems, and make sure you have arrangements made the day before. Overall it was a great experience though, and we would definitely do it again.

  12. Christine says

    I love cake decorating and would love to attend the class but every time I’ve tried they are already full or are not happening when we are over in Orlando. Attended a class at the Epcot International Festival of Arts back in January and signed up to find out more but never got any emails.

  13. says

    My friend Reuben is in the background of several of your photos. (He’s the young Filipino man concentratedly decorating pastries.) When I sent him this link, he said he remembered your group because of how talkative you were. He says lots of groups decorate their cakes in total silence, but you all seemed to be really enjoying yourselves and making the most of the experience. Thanks for sharing this review, and thanks for putting so much positivity out there! It’s what Disney is all about!

  14. Pauline Glaser says

    We’d love to do this on our next trip to Disney World next month, hopefully they will extend it at least through the end of September.

  15. Cíntia Orlando says

    I’ll be in Orlando from October 12 until 28! There is a chance to attend to your bakery class?

  16. says

    Cintia — You can call Amorette’s directly to see if they’ll be offering a class during your visit. Their number is (407) 934-3500.

  17. Heather says

    I have been trying for months to book a date for my September 2017 visit to Disney. The Disney website is not showing dates past August 2017. Despite hourly visits to the web site and multiple calls to every customer service number listed I have not been able to get any info on future dates. This is a wonderful opportunity I would hate to miss out on. Any suggestions for booking in September?

  18. Pauline Glaser says

    Heather, I’d also like to book this for my WDW Vacation in September. However, the cake decorating experience is scheduled to end Saturday, August 25, 2017. This was originally was going away in May, but due to popularity was extended to August 25th. I’m hoping that they will extend it through September. In an earlier post someone suggested calling Amorette’s directly and posted their phone number.

  19. holly says

    I am also eager to schedule this activity. I have called Amorette’s directly and disney dining reservations has offered no help. They may extend the classes, but no one will say for sure. Anyone have other ideas?

  20. Jeffery Ogle says

    I’m anxious to book this for several members of our family reunion group in October 2017

  21. Chad says

    It looks like they are going to extend it starting September 17th and scheduled every Sunday – Thursday thru December 21st. Source…if you go to try to select it on the Disney website, it shows those dates as available. However, they aren’t showing up yet when you try to schedule it, but the same thing happened when they extended it the first time. They showed up as being available, then a couple days later you were actually able to schedule. My guess is you will be able to actually schedule in a day or two (maybe September 1st).

  22. Chad says

    You’re welcome! I was able to book for my September trip this morning, so it looks like those dates are now live!

  23. Kathel says

    We were signed up for this experience on our last trip. I am so glad I read Lori’s review concerning transportation. I called my Resort direct before arriving they had no clue about this, I called transportation again not sure what this was all about. I was transferred to dispatch who assured me transportation would be there at the resort for the class. I reconfirmed when we checked into the resort, they again had no clue about this class or transportation. The issue was that transportation didn’t start until one hour before DS opened but the class was at 8:45am. After many calls with different answers, we were too frustrated and ended up cancelling the class…..just make sure you get a straight answer or better yet drive yourself if you can.

  24. Holly says

    Lea,

    I don’t know the answer to that, but I’m sure you could call them directly to ask. One thing I did notice when booking, though, is that they offer different cakes to decorate on different days of the week: for example, on Sundays and Thursdays, they offered the classic Mickey design. On some other days, they offer decorating of a ” seasonal cake “

  25. Lisa says

    Can this only be booked for 3 people would love to do it for my husband for an anniversary present but we will have our 14 yr old daughter with us too

  26. Holly says

    Each reservation is for two people, I would assume if you have a group of three you make a reservation for four people. Each two person group has a station where they decorate one cake. You’ll pay a little extra for the privilege, but I would think it’s worth it.

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