It’s just not a birthday unless you’ve got cake! When you’re celebrating a milestone like a birthday at Disney, there are several options for adding cake to the menu during your visit:
- Delivered to your room. If you’re staying on Disney property, chances are good that you can pre-order a cake to be delivered to your room during your stay. Not all resorts have this option, so you’ll need to research your resort and options.
- Part of a meal. Many of the restaurants on Disney property have the ability to surprise your birthday guest with a cake when you’re finished with your meal. Again, you’ll need to pre-order this and it’s best to confirm when you’re checking in for your Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR).
- On your own. Guests staying off property or who want cake in another location aren’t left out! Pre-ordering a custom cake from a bakery location like Boardwalk Bakery is a way you can bring a bit of the Disney magic to your birthday celebration.
There currently isn’t a consistent method for ordering cakes or confirming orders for custom cakes. In many instances, you’ll work directly with the chef preparing your cake so you’ll want to have an idea or theme in mind when making your initial call to discuss your ideas. Before that phone call, it’s also best to have a budget in mind. Since there’s not consistency, prices and flavors also aren’t consistent. If you have your heart set on a specific cake, try contacting a couple of different bakeries to see if you can find one that offers what you’re looking for.
Disney doesn’t currently offer any sort of gallery of past cakes created, but folks have been sharing cakes they’ve ordered on the DISboards for several years and have a variety of pictures and feedback on their process. Be warned: once you start looking through, it’s hard to pull yourself away! Think Pinterest but with cakes and Disney characters! Speaking of Pinterest, that’s another great place to look for inspiration regarding your cake and ideas. you can also give the chef a basic theme or idea you have and let them do the rest (this is where having a budget up front comes in handy).
To order your cake or gather more information, simply call the Disney Cake Hotline at 407-827-2253. Listen carefully listen to the options available. You’ll need to know where you’d like to enjoy your cake so you can speak to the appropriate chef. Calls should be made at least 72 hours in advance but I’ve called several weeks in advance with a quick follow up phone call as the trip approaches to confirm everything.
Allergies also need to be discussed with the chef when placing your order. My oldest son has a peanut allergy and he’s never had a problem with any of the cakes we’ve ordered. Of course we haven’t ordered anything that is even possibly peanut related and we always make them aware of the allergy so they’re extra careful not to cross contaminate anything.
Keep in mind when ordering that things may happen. It’s not the server’s fault if the cake flavor or filling is incorrect. They’re simply the ones bringing it to the table for you. They also can’t control what the bakeries are telling them to charge. I’ve had times where it’s been more and sometimes it’s been less. If you get some kind of confirmation in writing, it’s a good idea to bring it with you. Many times my family doesn’t even realize I’ve ordered anything at all so that if something does happen, they’d never know it’s not what I ordered.
Custom cakes aren’t the only option. Disney does have cakes available that you can order same day or even during the check in process for your meal. Reports on these cakes vary widely as it seems to be a pre-made frozen cake available in vanilla or chocolate flavors.
Regardless of the type of cake you choose, be prepared for the added attention. Guests have stopped by our table to take pictures and ask questions and even the servers have stopped to comment on our cakes. Leftovers can be taken with your or shared with tables around you (so long as they want some of your cake). Generally the kitchen isn’t able to take your food and store it for you to come back and pick up later so you’ll need to have a plan in place. We’ve brought plastic containers to take leftovers back to our room and try to order special treats for a meal just before we leave the park so we can take it right back to the refrigerator in our room.
Here are a few cakes we’ve had created during previous trips:
We enjoyed this small cake at Cinderella’s Royal Table after breakfast for my son’s 6th birthday. I ordered a marble (vanilla and chocolate) cake with white buttercream. He loved it but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of “marble” in the cake.
We enjoyed this cake after dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern one fall. I ordered a plain vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. Instead the filling was something else (almost like a pastry cream). We enjoyed these leftovers for several days!
Buzz made an appearance at 1900 Park Fare to help celebrate my little guy’s birthday. Again, a simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.
This is the most recent cake I’ve ordered from Disney. I wanted something for all three kiddos (Phineas and Ferb for the boys and Ariel Mermaid for the princess). When placing the order, I was adamant that I didn’t want a picture on chocolate on top of the cake but sadly that’s exactly what we got. This is one of the cakes that we were charged more than discussed when we placed the order. Because we stayed off property during this trip, we picked the cake up at the Boardwalk Bakery and enjoyed it at our condo.
We enjoyed this cake following a dinner at Coral Reef and I still rave about this cake to this day. One of the best cakes I’ve ever had! (And yes, it’s plain vanilla with vanilla buttercream)
During one of our very first Disney trips, we celebrated with a fun cake! Following a meal at the Grand Floridian Cafe, we got to enjoy this yummy treat. It was supposed to be vanilla with vanilla buttercream but the filling was some kind of mouse or pastry cream and the top had a ganache poured over it instead of fondant.
We also got a special treat for hubby’s mom: a mini cheesecake with a tiny little castle on top! She said it was very good.