10 Dessert Places in Orlando to Die For!
Looking for the best desserts in Orlando for when the sweet tooth strikes? We totally get it. The good news is that you’re in for a treat! As one of the top dining destinations in Florida, Orlando is home to thousands of restaurants, bake shops, and chocolate confectionaries, all with delectable dessert options on the menu.
If you’re seeking the city’s top sugary confections, check out these ten can’t-miss spots in Orlando that are dessert lover’s dreams. From half-a-pound cookies stuffed inside and out with tasty toppings, to mega milkshakes crowned with everything from cupcakes to cotton candy, these indulgent options are sure to satisfy your sugar cravings during your trip to the City Beautiful.
1 | Voodoo Doughnut | A cult favorite phenomenon on the West Coast, Voodoo Doughnuts’ first and only location in Florida is at Universal CityWalk. Each day, there are more than 50 types of doughnuts available, from hand-cut raised yeast doughnuts that are fried to fluffy perfection, to cake doughnuts that are smaller, denser and richer. Crowd favorites include signature originals like the Bacon Maple Bar and Portland Cream, as well as unique ones like the Guava Colada – a raised yeast doughnut filled with Guava jelly and topped with vanilla frosting, flake coconut and toothpick umbrella. Vegan selections are also available. Good Things Come in Pink Boxes!
WHERE: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-224-3663
2 | Sprinkles Cupcakes | This boutique-chain bake shop offers indulgences that are handcrafted fresh every day with the finest ingredients from around the globe. Premium ice cream, cookies, brownies and layer cakes are on the menu, but as the world’s first cupcake bakery, their real pride and joy are the delicious cupcakes that they offer. Baked fresh in small batches throughout the day, Sprinkles Cupcakes feature an iconic swirl and modern dot, with fantastic flavors on a rotating menu. Favorites include Red Velvet, Black and White, Banana Dark Chocolate, Salty Caramel and, of course, Sprinkles. As one of only two locations in Florida, Sprinkles is a must-do while in Orlando. For a cupcake-on-the-go (or an Instagram photo-op), hit up the pink Cupcake ATM!
WHERE: 1676 E Buena Vista Drive #A, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-560-9192
3 | Sugar Factory Orlando | Decadent eats, sweets and treats await at this American brasserie that is a celebrity favorite. Upscale dining classics are served from brunch to late-night ranging from crepes and fried macaroni and cheese pops to gourmet monster burgers and lobster surf and turf. The real attraction, though, is the drink menu and desserts. Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, signature treats include insane milkshakes topped with everything from cookies and cupcakes to pop rocks and cotton candy; gourmet ice cream sandwiches; old-fashioned sundaes sized for two; and the World Famous King Kong Sundae with 24 scoops of ice cream and tasty toppings, served with sparklers. Grown-up treats include candy-infused cocktails and innovative smoking goblet drinks topped with fruits and candy. Sugar Factory Orlando is conveniently located on International Drive at ICON Park, one of Orlando’s premier entertainment destinations.
WHERE: 8371 International Dr, Suite 70, Orlando, FL 32819-9308 | WHO: 407-270-7082
4 | Gideon’s Bakehouse | After humble beginnings in a home kitchen, fast forward fifteen years and Gideon’s has now been named the best cookie in the Sunshine State by heavy hitters like Business Insider and The Boston Globe. Each small batch, handmade cookie is nearly half of a pound and made from scratch daily. The menu offers a variety of flavors, but the Original Chocolate Chip is the bake house’s foundation and a customer favorite to this day. The cookie is packed inside and out with chocolate chips, infused with vanillas, and has a texture that can almost be compared to cookie dough. Gideon’s is located inside East End Market in Audubon Park, a charming neighborhood just outside of Downtown Orlando. For the best selection of flavors, arrive earlier in the day! It’s first come, first serve – and they’re known to sell out!
WHERE: 2806 Corrine Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803
5 | The Ganachery | Indulge your cravings for sophisticated chocolates and ganache at Disney’s very own luxury chocolate shop, featuring a show kitchen, more than a dozen flavors of delicious house-made ganache, and-crafted chocolate treats. Tasty flavors of chocolate squares range from Coconut to Chipotle Pepper. Expert chocolatiers craft fresh batches of chocolate daily, and can offer suggestions for elegant gifts (that you can tuck into a Cinderella’s Coach chocolate box) or treat-yourself sweet treats. As a Disney chocolate shop, you’ll find plenty of character-themed chocolate lollipops, princess bars made of ruby chocolate, and whimsical chocolate piñata spheres that you crack open with a wooden mallet. The gourmet Mickey S’mores are a favorite! The Ganachery is located in The Landing at Disney Springs.
WHERE: 1486 E Buena Vista Dr, Disney Springs, Orlando, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-934-3500
6 | P is for Pie Bake Shop | A small batch artisan bakery specializing in baked goods and sweet and savory pies of all sizes, this local spot makes everything from scratch by hand, incorporating natural, seasonal and local ingredients to every extent possible. From pie pops to mason jar pies, savory to sweet, Shepherd’s Pie to Salted Honey Lavender, there are plenty of tasty options to try. If you have your heart set on a specific flavor, it’s recommended that you order ahead (48 hours for sweet pies and at least 72 hours for savory pies and cakes) – as a small bake shop, they tend to sell out!
WHERE: 2806 Corrine Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803 | WHO: 407-745-4743
7 | Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen | Sure, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk is a full-service restaurant and bar where you can order standard dishes like steak and seafood – but dessert is definitely the main event. Chefs create one-of-a-kind sugary treats ranging from artisanal milkshakes to sweet sundaes. The over-the-top milkshakes are rimmed with anything from sprinkles or espresso beans to whole pretzels, and crowned with a coordinating garnish – which could be a cupcake or slice of key lime pie. The sundaes are oversized and equally indulgent, available in flavors like Chocolate Brownie Bark, Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Cream Pie. Sweet lovers, rejoice!
WHERE: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-224-3663
8 | Better than Sex | As the name may suggest, this is an adults-only dessert bar with a dimly lit, speakeasy-like atmosphere that originated in Key West. The dessert names are risqué – Cookie Nookie Pie, Missionary Crisp, and Caress My Carrot, are all on the tamer side – so there is a high possibility that you may blush while placing your order. Fortunately, all tables have some level of privacy with a wall or curtain partition. What really sets this spot apart is the menu of chocolate and caramel covered wines, beers, and house made cocktails. Order the Lickin’ Love for a glass or Pinot Noir covered in Belgian dark chocolate and drizzled in white chocolate. The French Kiss is a flute of champagne covered in caramel and sugar. The Man Candy is an unexpected pairing – strawberry ale in a dark chocolate beer mug with white chocolate drizzle. Drink up!
WHERE: 1905 N. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804 | WHO: 407-761-8949
9 | Insomnia Cookies | Thanks to two convenient locations in the Orlando area and late-night hours (3 a.m.!), you can satisfy a cookie craving whenever the urge strikes with Insomnia Cookies – they’ll even deliver to your hotel in Downtown Orlando and the surrounding area! The Delicious Duo is a classic pairing of two traditional cookies and a glass of ice cold milk. Or, grab a box of up to 100 as a souvenir to treat your friends back home. From standards like the tasty chocolate chunk to oversized Deluxe cookies like the S’mores which is packed with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, there’s something for everyone.
WHERE: 131 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL, 32801 | WHO: 407-512-9237
10 | Amorette’s Patisserie | At this upscale French-style bakery in Disney Springs, art is edible. You’ll be in awe over the exquisitely-crafted pastries, show stopping signature cakes and other delectable treats, all inspired by the magic of Disney. Grown-ups can pair their favorite sweet with a glass of bubbly, as champagne and sparkling wine are sold by the bottle or glass. Frozen fans will love toasting with an Arendalle Aqua, a bubbly “Elsa Blue” beverage made with Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco, Bols Blue Curaçao, and Monin Cotton Candy, topped with a shimmery Minnie ears chocolate. Cheers!
WHERE: 1536 E Buena Vista Dr #1A, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | WHO: 407-934-3500
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