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Old 02-10-2013, 10:16 AM   #1471
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Been reading through this thread and loved seeing all your lovely pic and info, hopefully you might be able to help me.

I have always made the cakes for my family, especially my two daughters so ordering cakes is all new to me. Both my girls birthdays are either side of our holiday but we are celebrating a special day for each of them out in Disney in June so was thinking of getting a cake each (as you can't very well have a birthday meal with no cake ) but we are on the dining plan so will be eating lots of food and don't want to waste too much food or money on a cakes that won't get eaten.

There are 4 adults in the party a 4 year old and a 23 month old. Do you think a two tier mini cake each is enough as a gesture of the birthday cake, (id have already made them a big cake at home on their actual birthday) or do you think I should go with a larger cake? I know that the price of the basic 6/8 inch is cheaper than a mini two tier, but I know that I will want it decorated to the extent it'll probably end up costing a lot more. (If I could bring my own made decorations from home I would but I don't know how the us is on letting fondant icing into the country as we live in the UK.)

I like the look of the coral and shells mini cake and also the mini cake with the Mickey ears on top, how much do these normally run at? (could I get the coral and shells only from the grand Floridian?) We are eating at 1900 park fare, Tusker house lunch, and coral reef on the girls birthday days.

Also our youngest daughters meal is at Tusker house in ak and I see that it is done by Hollywood studios (think someone said not the most fancy options available) but it also said I believe that they do the chocolate cutouts on 8inch cakes for free is that right? Could they do other stuff there too or are they a pretty limited bakery.

Sorry so many questions, as I said im new to the whole ordering cakes and kinda wished I could just make them up some whilst I was out there but from looking through this thread all the cakes do look lovely so im sure they would do a wonderful job, just hopefully not too expensive er one .

Thanks and I hope you can advise me.
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Just so I am 100% sure on this. I could, for example, buy a Publix cake and take it to Chef Mickeys? Would they bring it to the table with candles? I will probably have one made at the Contemporary but it would be nice to know if that is an option. Thanks.
You can bring a cake in yourself, but they will not serve it for you. They can only have Disney-made cakes back in the kitchen.


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Need the cake for dinner at the Poly, though we're staying at Ft Wilderness.

So if I want a 10 inch buttercream frosted marble cake/choc buttercream filling with 2D Mickey/Minnie topper, maybe gold accents delivered to the Aloha Luau I should go thru the GF? Or can the Poly do that?
You could place an order for a cake that simple through the Poly (it appears that the GF makes all the cakes for the Poly, so you can order either way, but I'd only hassle with ordering through the GF if it were an elaborate, fondant-covered cake).

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Ok so now I'm rethinking this after discussing with DH. My sister's only comment when I said we should order a cake was "no fondant" but DH says ignore her. She has left all the planning of the whole trip to me, so I'm going to order what I think looks nice. That said I'm thinking white fondant with wave design of gold mickey stamps (is that the right terminology?) For the topper, I don't like the white choc figures unless painted, do they charge extra for that? Anyone know how much? And a fondant cake delivered to Poly is from the GF?

Thanks for any input.
Painting of the white chocolate figures costs extra - I believe the prices are listed in the FAQ in Post #1. It's something like $40-$60 more.... Yes, GF would make the cake.
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There are 4 adults in the party a 4 year old and a 23 month old. Do you think a two tier mini cake each is enough as a gesture of the birthday cake, (id have already made them a big cake at home on their actual birthday) or do you think I should go with a larger cake?
It would definitely be just a gesture - a mini cake makes 2 big pieces for 2 adults. For that many people, they'd each get 1 or 2 forkfuls. You might want to have the bakery quote both sizes. I just got a 2-tier fondant-covered cake from the Contemporary that was bigger than a mini cake but smaller than a 6-inch (a 3-inch atop a 5-inch) for $75. The last fancy 6-inch I got there cost $100.

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I like the look of the coral and shells mini cake and also the mini cake with the Mickey ears on top, how much do these normally run at?
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(could I get the coral and shells only from the grand Floridian?) We are eating at 1900 park fare, Tusker house lunch, and coral reef on the girls birthday days.
I'd order for 1900 PF or Coral Reef (via Yacht & Beach). Y&BC can replicate the coral and shells cake.

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Also our youngest daughters meal is at Tusker house in ak and I see that it is done by Hollywood studios (think someone said not the most fancy options available) but it also said I believe that they do the chocolate cutouts on 8inch cakes for free is that right? Could they do other stuff there too or are they a pretty limited bakery.
Very limited. They do screen prints though.
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[QUOTE=lurkyloo;47466965]It would definitely be just a gesture - a mini cake makes 2 big pieces for 2 adults. For that many people, they'd each get 1 or 2 forkfuls. You might want to have the bakery quote both sizes. I just got a 2-tier fondant-covered cake from the Contemporary that was bigger than a mini cake but smaller than a 6-inch (a 3-inch atop a 5-inch) for $75. The last fancy 6-inch I got there cost $100.



Do you have a picture of what the 2-tier cake you got looks like. I think this might be what I want to do for my DH birthday. Thank You
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It would definitely be just a gesture - a mini cake makes 2 big pieces for 2 adults. For that many people, they'd each get 1 or 2 forkfuls. You might want to have the bakery quote both sizes. I just got a 2-tier fondant-covered cake from the Contemporary that was bigger than a mini cake but smaller than a 6-inch (a 3-inch atop a 5-inch) for $75. The last fancy 6-inch I got there cost $100.



Do you have a picture of what the 2-tier cake you got looks like. I think this might be what I want to do for my DH birthday. Thank You
Id love to see this too . Thanks for all the info lurkyloo, you really do know everything .

I've read That pat at the grand Floridian can be a bit difficult sometimes, do you think she would be ok giving me lots of different quotes for different types.of cake options? I assume it will be her I will be dealing with when ordering the cake for 1900 park fare.


If at Tusker house I ordered a basic buttercream cake with the only extra additions by them being grass and a happy birthday name plaque, do you think I could add my own fondant toppings (if I can get them in the country ) . If yes when would I be able to do this, itd basically be a book and stitch sitting beside it with a few ducks (you know the image from him reading to the baby ducks in the movie ) so nothing to difficult to put on the cake.

How early could I contact the bakeries? My holiday isn't until begining of June but id like to get planning on what we are doing and cost etc.

Thanks again for all the help.
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Thank you Lurkyloo, thats most helpful.
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I am SO excited because my daughter's cake is officially ordered from the Contemporary for our dinner this Friday night at The Crystal Palace!

I was having a mini panick attack last week over not hearing back from Brian, but learned (just as LurkyLoo and TiggerTrigger had predicted) that they had been slammed with the wedding show and staff vacations. But all is well, and I cannot wait to see her birthday cake. Hopefully I will have enough posts by then that I will be able to post photos of the cake for all to see.

BTW, her cake will be Mad Hatter style lemon with strawberry mousse, topped with fondant over vanilla buttercream frosting.
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I am SO excited because my daughter's cake is officially ordered from the Contemporary for our dinner this Friday night at The Crystal Palace!

I was having a mini panick attack last week over not hearing back from Brian, but learned (just as LurkyLoo and TiggerTrigger had predicted) that they had been slammed with the wedding show and staff vacations. But all is well, and I cannot wait to see her birthday cake. Hopefully I will have enough posts by then that I will be able to post photos of the cake for all to see.

BTW, her cake will be Mad Hatter style lemon with strawberry mousse, topped with fondant over vanilla buttercream frosting.
This sounds so good I cant wait to see pictures and hear about the cake.
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I am SO excited because my daughter's cake is officially ordered from the Contemporary for our dinner this Friday night at The Crystal Palace!

I was having a mini panick attack last week over not hearing back from Brian, but learned (just as LurkyLoo and TiggerTrigger had predicted) that they had been slammed with the wedding show and staff vacations. But all is well, and I cannot wait to see her birthday cake. Hopefully I will have enough posts by then that I will be able to post photos of the cake for all to see.

BTW, her cake will be Mad Hatter style lemon with strawberry mousse, topped with fondant over vanilla buttercream frosting.

Great news!!! So glad it all worked out.
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Some of you are very creative. Would you mind helping me with decorating ideas for my DS's 21st birthday cake? I'm calling the Swan/Dolphin tomorrow to order a cake for this weekend. From what they told my DH, they don't offer anything more that writing Happy Birthday on their cakes. I'm going to ask, if we can bring in some decorations to put on it. So far, the only thing we've come up with is a friend's suggestion to use mini liquor bottles. What could I add to those? I've looked online & can't find anything that I think will work. If I do order online, I'll have to order from a site that offers 2 day or overnight shipping. TIA for the help.
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Some of you are very creative. Would you mind helping me with decorating ideas for my DS's 21st birthday cake? I'm calling the Swan/Dolphin tomorrow to order a cake for this weekend. From what they told my DH, they don't offer anything more that writing Happy Birthday on their cakes. I'm going to ask, if we can bring in some decorations to put on it. So far, the only thing we've come up with is a friend's suggestion to use mini liquor bottles. What could I add to those? I've looked online & can't find anything that I think will work. If I do order online, I'll have to order from a site that offers 2 day or overnight shipping. TIA for the help.
How about mini dark chocolate liquor bottles...i.e. foil wrapped to reveal what's inside the chocolate, but beyond that- fully edible and drinkable I think even Amazon sells them, so it shouldn't be too hard to track down. This way- you get the mini liquor bottles, but everything is fully edible...so it works better with a cake than mini glass bottles. The Anthon Berg ones seem to be the most popular.
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How about mini dark chocolate liquor bottles...i.e. foil wrapped to reveal what's inside the chocolate, but beyond that- fully edible and drinkable I think even Amazon sells them, so it shouldn't be too hard to track down. This way- you get the mini liquor bottles, but everything is fully edible...so it works better with a cake than mini glass bottles. The Anthon Berg ones seem to be the most popular.
That's a great idea. I was hoping you'd reply. I was planning to cover the bottles in plastic wrap to protect the cake, but this will work better. What should I add to the bottles or how should I arrange them? I can duplicate almost anything. It's the initial idea that I have a problem with.

ETA: The chocolate bottles come in a pack of 64. If they'll allow me to bring in decorations, I was thinking I'd try to get them to write:

21 Bottles for 21 Years!

Happy Birthday, XXXXX

What do you think of that idea? Should I add anything else for decoration?
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Do you have a picture of what the 2-tier cake you got looks like. I think this might be what I want to do for my DH birthday. Thank You
Yes! I just need to get photos uploaded and then I'll do a post with all the info.

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If at Tusker house I ordered a basic buttercream cake with the only extra additions by them being grass and a happy birthday name plaque, do you think I could add my own fondant toppings (if I can get them in the country ).
If you just bring them with you and stick them on the cake when it's delivered to your table that should work. Otherwise, you'll need to get in touch with someone in the bakery if you're wanting to send them ahead to see if they'll work with you on that. I'd start now, to allow time for phone tag.
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Just ordered two cakes for our trip in March. One for a retirement... 6" Lemon with raspberry mousse filling, Mickey wave design with stars coming out the top. Quoted $90

Second is a 10" chocolate chip cake with chocolate ganache filling, zebra print design with hidden Mickeys for a ninth birthday. Quoted $125.

Brian was great to deal with via email and when I called to pay Carolyn was helpful in letting me know they tie the cake reservation to the dinner ressie number.

So excited! Will post pics and give a review when we are there.
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They both sound really good. I can't wait to see pictures.
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