We left off Part I of yesterday’s blog after our incredible lunch at the California Grill. If you haven’t read it yet, scroll down and read it, because you will wonder, as we did, how we could even think about food again so quickly. But like the magic of Disney, it appeared and we took it all in, because who can resist a gingerbread house? Pastry chef Erich Herbitschek made sure it wouldn’t be us. As we entered the kitchen of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the sweet aroma of ginger and cinnamon hit us in the face. Standing along a huge working station were five darling little gingerbread houses, just begging to be decorated.
One of the chefs handed us huge pastry bags filled with icing, along with trays of decorations to place on the houses. We happily made icicles, placed reindeer on the roof, put a wreath on a door, and placed little trees and mushrooms around the perimeter. We each had our own special signature for our homes. Guess which one is mine?!
After creating our masterpieces, we proceeded to another kitchen with wonders much taller than a small gingerbread house.
The picture hardly does it justice. It is a work of art. This cake will feed 600 guests. Does anyone really know 600 people?? This amazing kitchen turns out about 2,000 wedding cakes per year of every shape and flavor imaginable. We flipped through a huge scrapbook of past cakes, including a $10,000 one made for a lottery winner who wanted to celebrate his windfall in style.
Not only this fabulous cookbook and official festival apron, but sitting there in all their glory, were our gingerbread houses wrapped carefully in cellophane and tied with colorful ribbon.
Is there anything more fun than Disney?! And we haven’t even started the actual festival yet! That’s tomorrow.