On our recent trip to Disney World, I must admit, as much as I was looking forward to the theme parks at Disney, I was also looking forward to finally tasting BabyCakes, which I have heard so much about.
With their flagship store in NYC, they recently opened an outpost in Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL. A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about how this BabyCakes location is 100% gluten-free, unlike their NYC location which is wheat-free, but not gluten-free. In addition to this location being gluten-free, they are also soy-, casein-,egg-, and refined sugar-free, as well as being completely vegan and kosher. It makes you wonder, what is left to make their baked goods so tasty. But, let me assure you before I move forward, they weren’t lacking in anything.
Being that our Disney trip was a birthday celebration for our daughter, I thought it would be a great idea to get her cupcakes from BabyCakes instead of the traditional birthday cake. And while she can have gluten, I wanted to be able to share in the festivities too, and since I am in the one charge of ordering, gluten-free cupcakes it was! A few weeks before our trip, I called BabyCakes and made plans to have cupcakes delivered to our room, so that when we came back from the park on her birthday, she would have an amazing spread of cupcakes waiting for her. And sure enough, when we arrived back at our hotel room on that evening after a very long day in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, we had a dozen beautifully decorated cupcakes waiting for us, and we continued our celebrations.
The cupcakes looked so decadent and perfect we didn’t know where to start. I went straight for the strawberry shortcake cupcake with strawberry frosting. Yum!! The cupcake was deliciously moist and the frosting, wow! I think I could have eaten a bowl of the frosting alone. And the funny thing is, I am usually not a fan of frosting, and usually only eat the cake and put the frosting aside, but this frosting was absolutely delicious and creamy. I ordered a variety of cupcakes including mint chocolate, pumpkin, banana blueberry, carrot, lemon and vanilla, and it seemed there were two different types of frosting, once which was more firm like a buttercream and one that was a bit creamier and softer, which they used for their strawberry and blueberry frosting – these were my favorite! My family enjoyed the cupcakes for the next couple of days and we made sure we all tasted a bit of each flavor, it was an incredible treat.
On our last day at Disney, on our way home, I decided to make a stop at their location in Downtown Disney, so I could check out the bakery that made such amazing treats, as well as pick up some more goodies to try for the drive home. This was my first time to Downtown Disney and little did I realize how large or how busy it would be. I called BabyCakes to ask exactly where they were located and they told me they were next to the T-Rex restaurant. However, when I found the restaurant, I could not find the bakery. I asked a few “cast members” but they told me they didn’t know what I was talking about and there was no BabyCakes at Downtown Disney. I kept walking and looked everywhere, including the directories, but could not find them.
Finally, a cast member knew what I was talking about and told me yes, they were next to the T-Rex restaurant, located inside Pollo Campero, a chicken place. Finally, I was not imagining things. Wow, well, I never would have looked there. So, I walked back to where I was, found the chicken place and went inside, and sure enough BabyCakes has residence in the a corner of the restaurant with their own counter, and their own dedicated kitchen in the back.
Everything looked delicious, but since we had eaten so many cupcakes, I just wanted to get a couple of things to taste. So I ordered two donuts and two cookie sandwiches for the drive. And they did not disappoint. I think these are the best donuts I have even had, including from before being gluten-free.
On my way out of the bakery, I looked around for a sign and could not see one. Maybe it was because it was so crowded on this particular Saturday, but I just could not find anything that would point someone in the direction of the bakery unless they went to Downtown Disney for that specific purpose. This would be my own suggestion to them, would be to make it easier to find them. Otherwise, I can’t wait for my next trip south to try them again.
For more of my reviews on our recent Disney trip, read my intro to Disney World, dinner at Kouzzina by Cat Cora, dinner at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe, Disney’s quick service gluten-free options, dinner at Epcot’s Restaurant Marrakesh, and our character breakfast at the 1900 Park Faire at the Grand Floridian.