If you’ve read any of my trip reports, you know I’m sort of obsessed with cake—specifically, with ordering cakes at Disney, to the point where I have an entire section of this site devoted to ordering cake at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Two of the most disappointing Disney cakes I’ve ever had came from Epcot, and I’ve been continually frustrated with their supermarket-level quality (and insistence on using blashphemous whipped cream frosting instead of buttercream). The work-around has been to order cakes from the Yacht & Beach Club’s pastry team, which has been delivering to three of restaurants in Epcot for the last couple years.
So when alert reader Karen let me know that the Yacht & Beach Club had discontinued this practice, I did some digging and discovered that Epcot now employs a real, honest-to-goodness pastry chef! Which means you can actually get fancy, fondant-covered cakes there like the ones turned out by the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary! They also do mini cakes (which are my favorite, due to their superior frosting-to-cake ratio) and offer most of the basic white chocolate figures that people so love.
Note: Because several of the pavilions in World Showcase are operated by outside vendors, these new fancy cakes are not available at every restaurant in Epcot. The restaurants in Mexico, China, Italy, Japan, Morocco, and France are serviced by outside cake vendors, and you can find complete details on what they offer at the link above.