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Old 02-20-2013, 10:22 AM   #1561
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I just got off the phone with the GF Private Dining line ordering my cake (delivering to Ohana for DH's 40th birthday), and I'm trying to trust this is going to work out. She said they take orders for the fancy cakes right over the phone now. Has anyone ever given their order for a fondant cake this way and had it turn out right? She didn't take my email or offer me the pastry chef's email. I told her I had a picture of a cute one that someone else had, but she said they had everything they needed. I wasn't too specific - just a cars them with a 40 on it, so maybe I didn't need to talk the chef? Any words of encouragement?

DH always spends his birthday (spring break) in Disney or on a Disney cruise for the kids, and however awesome our trip is his birthday plans always get messed up. We've been forgotten at Palo, had our birthday notes and cake lost at California Grill and had a stomach bug during the Dessert Party. All of his friends are going to vegas, but he's in the land of the mouse. I just don't want to mess this one up. (Fingers crossed)
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:26 AM   #1562
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I just got off the phone with the GF Private Dining line ordering my cake (delivering to Ohana for DH's 40th birthday), and I'm trying to trust this is going to work out. She said they take orders for the fancy cakes right over the phone now. Has anyone ever given their order for a fodant cake this way and had it turn out right? She didn't take my email or offer me the pastry chef's email. I told her I had a picture of a cute one that someone else had, but she said they had everything they needed. I wasn't too specific - just a cars them with a 40 on it, so maybe I didn't need to talk the chef?
That's... weird. They've always taken orders over the phone, this is not something new. I'm not sure why GF Private Dining is frequently so resistant to the idea of folks emailing in a photo, but if you really really want your cake to look exactly like the photo, I would insist. If you don't really have a preference and are willing to just see what they come up with, then you don't need to send the photo. Maybe she thought that was the situation....
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Yes, and you'll still have leftovers!




For a simple 8-inch with a screen print you can just use Epcot's balery by calling the Cake Hotline. You only need to go through Y&BC if you want something elaborate with fondant. When you call, they can tell you which characters are available.



Right now BOG doesn't have a cooler big enough to accommodate elaborate cakes, so the Contemporary is evaluating each request individually. You can describe to them what you're after and they'll let you know if it's possible.



This is indeed great news! Thanks for sharing!
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How long does it usually take for a call back? I left a message yesterday morning for CR cake line and haven't heard anything. Looking to order cake for 3/14.
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I know this goes in the category that I see often on this thread, the "How long should I wait for a response from a chef?" but...

I emailed the Contemporary cake email address on February 11th. I've not gotten an email back at all. I forwarded the email back to them (so they could see that I had emailed this before) on Feb. 18th and still no response.

I called the Cake Line at the CR yesterday, Feb. 19th and they said to re-send the email. Since I had sent it the day before I waited until today, Feb. 20th. I just re-sent the email for a 3rd time.

I need my cake for my twins' birthday dinner on Feb. 25th. What do you all suggest that I should I do at this point?!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:24 PM   #1566
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I would call tomorrow and see if they got the email you sent yesterday. Then you'll know whether you need to try from another email.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:14 PM   #1567
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So I just went through this thread and saved all the cake photos along with basic info about them (mostly cost). (If anyone else decides to look through this thread, save the photos with info the first time around so you don't have to go back and do it again)

There's definitely a trend towards the Contemporary resort bakery cakes being the best "value," so I'm torn. I think I can reasonably set an $80 limit for a 6 inch cake (I don't want bigger, because there will only be 3 1/2 of us) but I don't really have a convenient way to order a Contemporary Resort Bakery cake and still have time to finish it off by the end of the trip. I do have a few options for adding ADRs, but I'm not sure if it will be worth it to eat somewhere JUST to get a cake, but I don't really want to cancel what we have.
We're staying at Port Orleans - French Quarter.

Our ADRs are as follows in order:
No ADR on arrival day, and my little sister doesn't arrive until 7:30, so the only way we could do one here is if I was ok with her getting left out of the "reveal."
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Chef Mickey's (departure day, my sister leaves super early, so she wouldn't be there for this one either)

So I have a couple ideas:
1) Add an ADR at one of the resorts the Contemporary bakery serves on our Universal day
- Knowing us, I imagine we'll probably go in the morning and be done by mid-afternoon. Although I would like to see it all lit up at night, we'll be traveling with a 2 year old, so I'm not expecting a lot of night time touring at all.
- IF we end up loving Universal so much that we want to go back or stay all day, I'd have a hard time canceling an ADR if I was expecting a cake.
- I was planning on making this date night for DH and I, while my sister watches DS.
2) Add a lunch ADR at Liberty Tree Tavern or the Plaza for the day we have Be Our Guest reservations.
- I could only snag an ADR at 9:05pm for BoG, so we could easily eat an early lunch with cake and not be too full for later.
- I am trying to move the ADR forward though for the aforementioned not being out too late with a toddler reason.
- We've already eaten at the Plaza, and I'm not thrilled about the menu at the Liberty Tree Tavern.
3) Add a breakfast or early lunch on our Ohana day.
- This is our "break" day and an extra ADR would make it less of a break.
- We'll probably want to sleep in and take turns taking naps this day
- Our Ohana ADR is for 5:15pm so we'd risk eating too much earlier in the day for a "family style" meal.
4) Order 2 mini cakes. One at Ohana, so my sister can be there, and one at Chef Mickey's on our last day.
- no extra cake to snack on
- no really fun customization
- we could potentially try two different flavors of cake
- I don't know if we'll end up keeping our Chef Mickey's ADR, because I can't be sure how DS will react to the characters.
5) Suck it up and order from the Grand Floridian to Ohana.
- I really like the cakes the Contemporary resort puts out better, but I'm sure there will be other opportunities.

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Somebody a few posts back was offered the option of picking up a Contemporary cake at the WaveŚcould you swing by there earlier in your trip?
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So I have a couple ideas:
1) Add an ADR at one of the resorts the Contemporary bakery serves on our Universal day
- Knowing us, I imagine we'll probably go in the morning and be done by mid-afternoon. Although I would like to see it all lit up at night, we'll be traveling with a 2 year old, so I'm not expecting a lot of night time touring at all.
- IF we end up loving Universal so much that we want to go back or stay all day, I'd have a hard time canceling an ADR if I was expecting a cake.
- I was planning on making this date night for DH and I, while my sister watches DS.

I would eliminate getting a cake through an ADR on arrival day & Universal day completely. If it were me, I'd want my sis to be there for the delivery, esp. if you don't see her often. The Universal day is too unpredictable. I wouldn't want my only day there to be dictated by an ADR at WDW.

2) Add a lunch ADR at Liberty Tree Tavern or the Plaza for the day we have Be Our Guest reservations.
- I could only snag an ADR at 9:05pm for BoG, so we could easily eat an early lunch with cake and not be too full for later.
- I am trying to move the ADR forward though for the aforementioned not being out too late with a toddler reason.
- We've already eaten at the Plaza, and I'm not thrilled about the menu at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

This is a viable option.

3) Add a breakfast or early lunch on our Ohana day.
- This is our "break" day and an extra ADR would make it less of a break.
- We'll probably want to sleep in and take turns taking naps this day
- Our Ohana ADR is for 5:15pm so we'd risk eating too much earlier in the day for a "family style" meal.

A very late breakfast could work on this day.

4) Order 2 mini cakes. One at Ohana, so my sister can be there, and one at Chef Mickey's on our last day.
- no extra cake to snack on
- no really fun customization
- we could potentially try two different flavors of cake
- I don't know if we'll end up keeping our Chef Mickey's ADR, because I can't be sure how DS will react to the characters.

You may want to go with one mini-cake, unless the 2nd one was for DS's birthday or something. We haven't tried a mini-cake. It looks like everyone would get a piece, but that's about it.

5) Suck it up and order from the Grand Floridian to Ohana.
- I really like the cakes the Contemporary resort puts out better, but I'm sure there will be other opportunities.

Any suggestions?

GF makes some nice cakes. The higher price & potential difficulty in dealing with their staff makes ordering there less appealing to me.
All that said, if it were me, I'd consider ordering a cake at Boardwalk Bakery to be delivered to your resort. That way you would have the entire week to enjoy it. Have them deliver it a little after your sister arrives. I'm not sure what the difference in price would, but it would be worth $20 or so more to me to have it all week & not have to deal with transporting it to my resort. BB seems to be reasonable from the cakes I've seen posted here.

As usual, lurkyloo has a great recommendation also.
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Somebody a few posts back was offered the option of picking up a Contemporary cake at the WaveŚcould you swing by there earlier in your trip?
I could... but I kind of wanted the hoopla of having one delivered at a restaurant. We will have a rental car for our Universal day, so it's definitely an option.
I think DH would think I was completely insane if I went over to the Contemporary resort to pick up a cake just for kicks (we have no occasions I can pawn it off on). If I order it to a restaurant for dessert, it seems a bit more "legit."

Our trip isn't until mid-April, so I have a few weeks to figure it out. Next time I plan a trip, I'll have to book my ADRs around where I want to order a cake.
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All that said, if it were me, I'd consider ordering a cake at Boardwalk Bakery to be delivered to your resort. That way you would have the entire week to enjoy it. Have them deliver it a little after your sister arrives. I'm not sure what the difference in price would, but it would be worth $20 or so more to me to have it all week & not have to deal with transporting it to my resort. BB seems to be reasonable from the cakes I've seen posted here.

As usual, lurkyloo has a great recommendation also.
Thanks for your input. I have seen some Boardwalk Cakes that I like, but I'm worried I'd run into trouble with getting it delivered to the room.

I definitely agree about the Grand Floridian. They seem to make things hard.

The process at the Contemporary seems so simple, and the results are amazing.

I just don't think one mini cake will be enough. I'm a big cake fan, and could probably eat a single mini cake on my own in a single sitting.
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Thanks for your input. I have seen some Boardwalk Cakes that I like, but I'm worried I'd run into trouble with getting it delivered to the room.

I definitely agree about the Grand Floridian. They seem to make things hard.

The process at the Contemporary seems so simple, and the results are amazing.

I just don't think one mini cake will be enough. I'm a big cake fan, and could probably eat a single mini cake on my own in a single sitting.
Me too. That's why I've never ordered one. It definitely wouldn't be enough for us, but everyone isn't a icing junky like I am. It's good to see I'm not alone.

A lot of people have gotten cakes delivered to their resort from Boardwalk Bakery. They seem as reliable as any option. You wouldn't get the excitement of having it delivered to the table, if you went that route though.
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Thanks for your input. I have seen some Boardwalk Cakes that I like, but I'm worried I'd run into trouble with getting it delivered to the room.

I definitely agree about the Grand Floridian. They seem to make things hard.

The process at the Contemporary seems so simple, and the results are amazing.

I just don't think one mini cake will be enough. I'm a big cake fan, and could probably eat a single mini cake on my own in a single sitting.
Yeah, I'm going to second Tarheelmjfan here on both counts: 1) I'm also a huge frosting fan and consider cake to be merely a vehicle for frosting and 2) As long as you place your order through POFQ, you should have no trouble getting a BoardWalk Bakery cake delivered to your room. If you need an excuse, you can pretend that you guys were named the resort's Family of the Day (an actual thing! It happened to me at Pop!) and that's where the cake came from!
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I saw a photo on someones trip report of the bakery case at Starring Rolls, and they had the Treasure chest cupcake for $8.99! It's on the Live report thread, next to last page.
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I am in the process of ordering my cake for 3/4. They are able to accommodate my requests and design, but they said they will need to double the height of the 6 inch cake to do so. It is just my wife and I (who love cake and will eat leftovers for the rest of the trip!) but is this going to be way too much cake? How tall would this end up being?

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