A key part of any holiday is the cuisine, and at Simon Shopping Destinations you are genuinely spoilt for choice. Great to head to before or after a fun-filled day at the nearby Orlando attractions, The Florida Mall® is within easy reach of iconic locations such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios making it an ideal spot to refuel away from the crowds. With Discovery Cove, ICON Orlando, Chocolate Kingdom and Volcano Bay within a short drive, a stop at the mall for a good meal is a must-do on your itinerary and a perfect way to break up the day’s activities.



An active holiday calls for a hearty meal, which are not in short supply at The Florida Mall®. TV fans will love the opportunity to stop at Carlo’s Bakery – as part of a group that have been perfecting recipes since 1910 it’s the perfect place to satisfy a sweet tooth!  Owner and master-baker Buddy Valastro is the focus of TLC hit show Cake Boss, which was first aired in 2009 and has been a huge hit for nearly ten years. Buddy, who has been working in the bakery since he was 17, operates the stores with his family, whilst acting as hugely popular media personality across the States.



His cake design has been voted as the ‘Best Cake in America’, the TV show also won a Kids Choice Award for Favourite Cooking Show. When Buddy is not busy running the Carlo’s Bakery stores or writing recipe books, he is cooking up treats for famous fans all over the world. Top bakes include a guitar cake for country legend Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday as well as a multi-tiered ice cream inspired work of art for Haagen-Dazs 50th birthday party. In 2011, he also made the world’s most expensive cake after socialite Devorah Rose set him the challenge to break the record. His 7-tier creation was worth $30 million and covered in emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds and topped with a sparkling crown.



Known for delicious pastries, desserts and cakes, Carlo’s Bakery is the ultimate place to grab a sweet bite to eat. The Florida Mall® is the first and only location for the successful chain in the Sunshine State, offering a host of decadent baked goods, as well as elaborately designed fondant masterpieces. Whether it’s a mouth-watering cupcake or a chocolate-chip cookie, this is a stop that is sure to be a huge hit with the whole family.



Some of the treats available pay homage to Buddy’s family history, with the Italian Cheesecake Slice, Cannoli pastries, croissants, and strawberry éclairs being inspired by his European heritage. There’s also a range of classic American offerings such as the cookies and cream donuts or peanut-butter cookies. For a celebration, there’s an array of three layered sponge cakes including designs for sports fans, party lovers, and animal enthusiasts. Whether it’s an apple turnover to start off the morning or a post-dinner piece of chocolate fudge cake, Carlo’s Bakery is a must-do stop off when you’re visiting The Florida Mall®.

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