Birthday celebrations in Orlando, ‘free-from’ style – Erin McKenna’s Bakery review

My son is a Christmas Day baby and we normally spend the morning opening Christmas presents and doing the Christmas ‘thing’, with the afternoon then reserved for Birthday. We have lunch at midday, with Birthday cake for pudding instead of traditional Christmas pud.

I usually make a cake because gluten and dairy free cakes are difficult to come by, so I was wondering what we would do for his Birthday this time, as we had booked a trip to Orlando over the festive period. To say I was over the moon to find out that Erin McKenna has opened a bakery at Disney Springs (formally Downtown Disney) is somewhat of an understatement. We first came across this bakery (formerly known as BabyCakes) in New York a couple of years ago, as it was somewhere I particularly wanted to take my son. Imagine, an individual who can’t eat gluten or dairy being able to walk into a bakery and chose whatever they wanted?

Babycakes’ products are completely allergen free and the only thing that has changed is the name. Now Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC has a branch in Orlando and this lovely little understated shop sells sweet treats that are free from refined sugar, wheat, gluten, egg, soya and dairy, plus they are vegan and kosher.

I ordered my son a chocolate frosted chocolate cake (may as well go all out I thought) and had it delivered to our hotel. What a surprise it was for him when our server brought it out, complete with candles and balloons, whilst they sang happy birthday to him (that was the hotel staff not the bakery people!).

Gluten and dairy free birthday cake - A Free From Life

The cake was moist and fudgy, plus not too sweet, which is just how I like it. Luckily, so did my son and whenever we took a trip to Disney Springs for dinner, we knew that we would have no problem getting him something for dessert (not normally an option when you go out). He can officially report that as well as the chocolate birthday cake, the chocolate donuts are amazing!

Gluten and dairy free birthday cake - A Free Fom Life

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