Writing this article, and not being able to eat every dessert on the list immediately, was nothing short of torture. Disney Springs has seriously stepped up their dessert game in the last couple of years, and now there are dozens of choices for something to satisfy your sweet tooth. You could go for something cool and creamy or warm and baked, something liquid, something solid, something to munch on leisurely while strolling through the shops, or something to devour voraciously within five minutes of it arriving at the table (or in your hands). It seems impossible to pick just nine, but here are my recommendations for the top desserts in Disney Springs!
9 – Hummingbird Cake – Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is full of Southern comfort food, but the real star of the menu (in my opinion) is the Hummingbird Cake. Despite this cake being a southern staple, I had never tried it before; however, I was immediately impressed! The dessert is a spice cake that tastes similar to carrot cake but is made with bananas and pineapples, topped with a thick cream cheese frosting. The restaurant serves up a hearty slice, but I’m sure you’ll still find yourself wanting more!
8 – Gelato – Vivoli il Gelato
Gelato is the perfect treat for a hot summer’s day at Disney Springs. There are tons of flavors, but my favorite is the Stracciatella (Chocolate Chip). You can get classic gelato in a cone or a cup, but the restaurant also serves sorbetto, milkshakes, waffles, gelato-based sundaes, espresso, floats, and bakery items. You can pick up these tasty treats at two locations in Disney Springs- one near the Landing, and the other in a bike cart (look for the custom-built, retro vehicle which serves eight of the most popular gelato and sorbetto flavors).
7 – Mickey Mousse – Amorette’s Patisserie
I’ve always been a bit intimidated by Amorette’s Patisserie; the French bakery is elegant and sophisticated, with tons of signature pastries, crepes, and beverages. My favorite dessert here is the Mickey Mouse Dome Cake, called the Mickey Mousse- it’s just so cute, and the icing looks too good to eat! The dessert features chocolate chiffon cake, dark chocolate mousse, and white chocolate mousse. Amorette’s even offers a Cake Decorating Experience where guests can learn to create a dome cake of their own. Other character-inspired dome cakes and ice cream dome cakes can be ordered here with many different options for sizes, flavors, and fillings. You can also stick with the Petit Cakes, or try one of the signature macarons, brownies, or eclairs.
6 – Cupcakes – Sprinkles
I think I want to marry the person who thought up the idea of a cupcake ATM. At Sprinkles in Disney Springs, you can get freshly baked cupcakes without ever going into the restaurant, but that’s not even the best part. The cupcakes themselves are a delight and range in flavors from Red Velvet to Salty Caramel. You can also get cookies, brownies, and ice cream here, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can have your favorite ice cream sandwiched in between your favorite cupcake flavor. You can’t really go wrong with anything you order here!
5 – Sundaes – Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
All I have to do is look at one of Ghirardelli’s famous sundaes, and my mouth starts to water. The smell of this place alone is enough to make anyone weak in the knees, and their menu of sundaes is quite extensive. Some of the classics include the Strike It Rich Butterscotch Hot Fudge Sundae and the Painted Ladies Mint Bliss. If you like to keep it simple, you can get a single scoop in a waffle cone, or choose from one of the thick milkshakes or malts. Make sure to stop by the chocolate shop on your way out for a free chocolate sample!
4 – Candy – Goofy’s Candy Company
Sometimes, nothing quells your sweet tooth more than a giant piece (or pieces) of candy. Goofy’s Candy Company has everything you could want, including chocolate-covered apples, cupcakes, fudge, lollipops, and my personal favorite, Mickey-shaped Rice Krispy treats covered in chocolate and M&Ms. The best thing about Goofy’s Candy Company is the “Create-Your-Own Snacks” option, where you can select a “base” of a specialty apple, cookie, pretzel rod, or Rice Krispy treat. Then you choose a dipping flavor, a topping, and a drizzle, and watch as your masterpiece comes to life! It’s the perfect way to end a long day of shopping and dining at Disney Springs.
3 – Frosting Shots – Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Erin McKenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs offers gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, and kosher desserts that are 100% delicious. You can find brownies, cookies, and cupcakes here, as well as donuts and bagels. Plus, for someone who wants just a little taste of something sweet, you can get a shot of frosting for $1.50. It’s a steal, especially if you pair it with a small coffee. This bakery is great for those with or without food allergies, and as a bonus, it’s super cute on the inside!
2 – House-Made S’more – The Ganachery
If you’re looking for specialty chocolates that can’t be found at Goofy’s Candy Company, then the Ganachery is the place to visit. My absolute favorite treat on offer here is the House-Made S’more- literally, they are made fresh right in front of you! Marshmallow and chocolate are smashed between two soft graham crackers, and a thin layer of salted caramel ganache is spread on top of the marshmallow. The whole thing is topped off with a powdered sugar-shaped Mickey. It’s nice and thick, messy, and pricey (around $8), but super worth it!
1 – Anything at Gideon’s Bakehouse
Gideon’s Bakehouse is an Orlando favorite offering unique cookies and cakes. The bakehouse is best known for its “almost half-pound” cookies that take over 24 hours to create. Double frosted cakes are also enticing. There is also a secret Limited Edition first come first serve desserts offering fun and unique surprises throughout the year. Gideon’s is extremely popular and many items usually sell out. Be prepared to get to Disney Springs early in the day for the best chance to get into the restaurant. There is a virtual queue for the restaurant that has known to be hours long! The wait is worth it!
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