Soooo many people with food allergies ask me “Have you been to babycakes?” My answer is always a resounding “YES!”. I am then peppered with questions – how is it, what should I order, where are they, do they serve treats in the parks? If you are not familiar with babycakes, let me tell you about how good it is and about how good they are at what they do. Then I’ll tell you what to order
First of all, babycakes is not capitalized. Looks wrong already. But if loving it is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
babycakes is a gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-friendly vegan bakery with locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Ahhhh, Orlando. It is located in Downtown Disney, but is hard to find if you don’t know what you are looking for. Next to the Lego store, there is an old McDonald’s building. Old McDonald’s. Punny. Anyways, that building houses Pollo Campero and Fresh Apeel quick-service eats and babycakes. There is no signage for babycakes. You just have to know it’s there. But now you do!
Oh, that is my lovely
daughter taste-testing assistant! It took research to figure out what kind of custom birthday cake she wanted from babycakes for her 13th – but she persevered.
babycakes will make a small birthday cake out of any of the flavors of cupcakes they have. So, she could have had chocolate, vanilla, lemon, carrot, etc cake with chocolate, vanilla, mint, lemon, etc frosting. It was almost time to set up a spreadsheet. She decided on vanilla with chocolate chips with chocolate frosting. The price for such decadence? $40.
Well worth it!
We ordered the cake about a week in advance and picked it up the day before her birthday, which happened to be my birthday so I had to pick up a little something for myself. I chose a brownie cupcake with mint frosting – but back to the cake! We were all shocked at the sheer weight of the cake! Being a GFree baker, I know how dense GFree goods can get, and this was no exception. This was an 6 inch round cake that weighed more than my kids did when they were born! It was iced perfectly, with delicate pink accents and a big 13 written on the top.
We put the cake in the frig and impatiently waited 24 hours until we could dig in! Then we did.
Moist, rich, heavy, delish. My girl was determined to finish it in 2 days, and she did. She wants another one this year. We may have to get a bigger cake…….
Now, what should you get if you go to babycakes?
I’ll let you in on a little secret – the treat babycakes is known for is not our favorite thing at the counter. In fact, it’s not something we could recommend readily to you. Their cupcakes at the Orlando location are……….dry-ish. If they have been sitting out overnight in preparation for being served, they get dry, like all GFree baked goods. It’s not babycakes’ fault. It’s just that they are so natural, preservative free, vegan and all things good for you that they are best served fresh.
But everything else is great there! The doughnuts are crumb-coated and frosted – pick up a few and take them to your next “Character Breakfast” at the parks and see how many people ask you where you got those! Grab a few slices of their yummy loaves and keep them in your hotel room for late night snacks. And the cookie sandwiches. Ohhhhhhh, the cookie sandwiches. They are the best thing there. Two crispy chocolate chip cookies sandwiching luscious, palate-cooling dairy-free icing. We have asked if we could make our own sandwich flavors to take home, and we were indulged. A chocolate chip sandwich with chocolate and mint frosting? Yes please!
Another seasonal winner at the counter is the coconut mound. Remember that drugstore candy that was full of corn-syrup and all sorts of not-so-good-things? Enter babycakes. Their coconut mound is filled with pure goodness. Not syrupy (is that even a word?) or crumbly. Truly coconut and chocolate. And a little agave syrup, powdered sugar, rice milk and coconut oil. Pure heaven. They also have waffles! I will be sampling those next. I must.
If you are staying on Disney property and are dining at Chef Mickey’s, Cape May Cafe or any other celebration-worthy restaurant, have babycakes deliver a cake directly to your venue. That’s right. For $45 you can have your own cake, waiting for you at the end of your meal. They will add it onto your restaurant bill. No more being offered little cups of “rice cream” or a GFree cookie. A babycakes cake. A real cake. For those of us who have watched our children go without on birthdays, well, this is huge! I am going to try to surprise my son on his birthday this year with a cake waiting at our table. Wish me luck!