The Cake Bake Shop is opening its 3rd location in Disney World sometime in 2023, and we can’t wait to head inside to check out all the amazing treats. We’ve already looked into the potential menu and pricing for this restaurant, and we also know that it seems like the perfect location for fancy events like bridal showers. Now, we have MORE information for you about this restaurant and its Disney World location from our exclusive interview with The Cake Bake Shop’s founder and owner, Gwendolyn Rogers!
Earlier this year, Disney announced that The Cake Bake Shop will open a restaurant along Disney’s BoardWalk in 2023. From the announcement, we already know that this location will feature both sweet and savory menu items, with a full table-service restaurant along with a bakery where guests can grab slices of cake, cookies, bars, and more.
The Cake Bake Shop has 2 other locations, both in Indiana, which are typically booked out 2 to 3 months in advance. Afternoon tea (held every day) is an especially popular event, and it will be coming to the Disney World location as well!
©The Cake Bake Shop
We recently had the chance to talk with owner and founder Gwendolyn Rogers about the new location and some of the offerings we can expect to see when it opens in Disney World. Check out our full interview with Gwendolyn Rogers below:
DFB: What are some of your favorite foods that are on the menu now or will be on the menu at the Disney World location?
GR: Every single cake, to me, is fantastic. We wouldn’t have it on the menu if it wasn’t amazing. And I try to get every flavor. So if you’re not a chocolate lover, I’ve got a Raspberry Champagne, which is a lovely vanilla cake. If you love chocolate, there are a bunch of different chocolate options. I also change them out each season so that they’re always different and always exciting. I have 8 staple cakes on the menu at all times because I tried to take a couple off for a while and it did not go over well. I took the Carrot Cake off the menu for a couple of months and people went crazy! That’s one of the best things about having an item that people love — when you get rid of it, people miss it. And that’s how you know that you’re doing the right thing. Because you get people to love it that much that, when you don’t have it, they think about it.
Carrot Cake ©The Cake Bake Shop
I’m just excited to share any and all of my recipes that we make here with the Disney guests. From the crab cakes to our club sandwich (which is amazing) — it sounds simple, but everything’s made from scratch. We make our own basil aïoli, and it’s just beautiful. It’s a great sandwich. We do a beautiful roasted salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes, which is nice. So we have a little bit of everything to make everyone happy. All of those savory dishes we also rotate through the seasons. So we’ll have more of a wintery flair to the savory menu as well, as opposed to the current spring menu, which is lighter and fresher.
DFB: You mentioned that the menu changes seasonally, and we also saw that a big part of the existing locations is elaborate seasonal decorations. Is the plan for those decorations to come to Disney World as well?
GR: I hope so! I hope they let me do as many Christmas trees as I like to do. On the outside of my Carmel shop, I have 14 Christmas trees, and they all twinkle and have beautiful ornaments on them. Inside, I always have a huge, 15-foot Christmas tree, which is just stunning to look at. I’m hoping that I’ll get to re-create what I do here. And I think that’s what makes this place so magical — it kind of brings you back in time in a way. There’s no other place you can go outside of Disney World that makes you feel so much like a kid. Our shops bring back those old memories of storefront windows and what it was like to be in a place before technology — before cell phones were there. You actually spend time with your family and friends and enjoy a meal at the family table. What Cake Bake does is it brings a little bit of that back. It’s beautiful to watch. I was just upstairs, and there was a woman celebrating her birthday, so I made her a beautiful ice cream sundae and gave it to her for her birthday. And just to see her face light up — it was so cute! It’s just beautiful. I know that I totally made her day, and I look forward to doing that in Disney every day with as many people as we can get in.