When we think of Disney theme parks, the first thing that comes to mind is the rides, the incredibly long lines and–depending on what time of year you choose to visit–the powerful Florida or California sun that beats down on you while you wait in incredibly long lines. However, the Disney experience for some can be about far more than a bunch of animatronic presidents and the chaste thrills of the Thunder Mountain Railroad–the grub (specifically the grub you can’t really get anywhere else) is important too. There are certain foods unique to these parks and the experience of visiting them. From the county fair style turkey legs to the Disneyland (and Dole pineapple farm) exclusive soft serve known as the Dole Whip, to the Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bars, Disney is known for some amazing desserts.
Beyond these perennial staples of the Disney-theme park diet, the parks have made an effort in recent years to offer more high-falutin snacks. A branch of the famed Brooklyn ice cream shop Ample Hills, for example, opened a branch on the Disney Boardwalk in Florida just last year. One unique flavor, “Sally Sells Seashells,” pays homage to the shop’s boardwalk location with a combination of fresh and fluffy orange marshmallow ice cream with house-made salty chocolate seashells. Another more epicurean-friendly place to satisfy that sweet-tooth, Amorette’s Patisserie–located in Disney World’s Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex–is a bit more overt in paying homage to the Disney location. Eater recently paid a visit to the bakery, which also opened just last year, to check out some of their decadent desserts. Check out the video below.
While the video focuses on the eye-catching dome-cakes offered by Amorette’s, the bakery’s world class pastry chefs pepper the whole menu of French bakery classics with little nods to the house of mouse. For example, check out these financiers–small, almond accented cakes–shaped like Mickey himself.
Or below, to the left: the Avant-Garde, a chocolate mousse cake with chocolate chiffon that comes complete with a piece of gold-accented chocolate, stamped with the Mickey logo. If you like chocolate, this is probably the thing you want to get at Amorette’s.
Of course, the stars of the show at Amorette’s Patisserie are these amazing dome cakes that use playful design to emulate the most popular Disney characters. Instead of replicating the popular figures in detail, or throwing them into a more-traditional, cake-topper design, these cakes suggest the characters with bits of iconography. The result: A sweet treat that is at once playful and tasteful–two of the defining characteristics of French pastry making. Here we have one meant to represent Mickey’s loyal dog Pluto, complete with a collar.
In the video above, we’re walked through the step-by-step process required of making one of these cakes, specifically the Mickey Mouse one. First, we see what’s inside the glossy exterior, a combination of chocolate chiffon cake, milk chocolate mousse, crisp chocolate pearls, and orange pate de fruit (a kind of orange jelly). This is covered in buttercream, then smoothed out for perfect glazing. A red coating of white chocolate is poured over the top, not once but twice, for a glistening surface–while painted pieces of fondant round out the Mickey Mouse ensemble. Each character’s cake has a different set of flavors (the Pluto cake’s combination chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse, and banana jelly sounds especially appealing).
In the following image, you can take a look at a bunch of the character cakes in all their decadent glory, with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy cakes all lined up for your mouth-watering pleasure. The only problem here is that, for how delicious they sound, these cakes just look so good. Cutting into one–after all the time and effort it took to make and decorate it–can feel like destroying a piece of art. Well, it probably only feels that way up until a bite is taken, then another, then another. Thankfully, the bakers at Amorette’s are hard at work making several of these every day.