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!
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.)
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!
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.
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.
These included Mickey’s ears, buttons, and tail (made of chocolate and fondant).
We also had a few bites of the Signature Petite Cake to enjoy with a bit of Italian buttercream for dipping.
Freshly warmed washcloths completed the 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.
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 😉 !)
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
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.
We received the bright Red Mirror Glaze for Mickey’s base (made from gelatin, chocolate, and condensed milk).
Our instructors showed us how to pour it over the cake to cover completely.
After this step, the cakes were removed to be refrigerated.
We painted Mickey’s two signature buttons in yellow.
We then used the black coloring to paint Mickey’s familiar ears.
These are placed on sticks for easy insertion into the cake.
Time to paint Mickey’s tail, likewise!
Buttons, ears, and tail are set aside to dry slightly.
Our cakes were brought back to us for another layer of mirror glaze (they received three layers in total).
The cakes then needed some more refrigeration time, so while we waited we were treated to some Hot Chocolate Ganache!
Our cakes came out once more, and we then transferred them VERY CAREFULLY to their paper platters.
And may I say… “WHEW!”
We then rolled fondant along the base using the roll and the cake spinner.
Time to insert those ears and Mickey’s tail!
And using a very tiny amount of water, we attached the two yellow buttons as well.
(I’d like to insert an optional step, and that’s… BASK IN THE GLORY!!!)
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.
If this makes you a wee bit nervous, the Pastry Chefs are happy to write yours for you 🙂 .
All of our cakes were set in display cases to dry completely, and the Pastry Chefs welcomed any questions during this time.
Upon drying, our cakes were packaged, bagged up, and we were all on our way with our very own creation!
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!
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.
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!