Monday, September 12, 2016

Toss the Guilt! Do You Realize How Many Health Benefits Chocolate Holds For You?

Toss the Guilt! Do You Realize How Many Health Benefits Chocolate Holds For You? More and more people are discovering the benefits of chocolate. It’s beneficial for your heart, metabolism and mood as well! Does this mean, you should move in to your local bakery? Not necessarily, but it does mean that when you are ready to indulge, you can do so with a lot less guilt!
Chocolate has gotten a lot of write ups and coverage recently about the research being developed around the benefits it holds for the cardiovascular and metabolic system. The reasoning being that the cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant nutrients are due to the flavonoids, antioxidants and flavanols.
Flavonoids help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. They can be found in a variety of foods, such as fruits and vegetables. When we eat foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit from this "antioxidant" power.
Antioxidants are believed to help the body's cells resist damage caused by free radicals that are formed by normal bodily processes, such as breathing, and from environmental contaminants, like cigarette smoke. If your body does not have enough antioxidants to combat the amount of oxidation that occurs, it can become damaged by free radicals.
Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavanols have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.
Isn’t that exciting? When you include a pure, high quality form of chocolate, you can really strengthen your immune system! Be sure to follow a balanced diet, complete with ample servings of fruits and green leafy vegetables, and finish it off with a serving of anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate.
And when you're ready for a little more indulgence, order your very own custom made cake for your special event, birthday or wedding from Ontario Bakery. We know delicious and do it very well!

Friday, September 9, 2016

How to Plan the Perfect Little Girl Birthday Party!

How to Plan the Perfect Little Girl Birthday Party!Little girls are especially fun to plan parties for because all you have to do is overdo it! But that doesn’t mean you won’t be overwhelmed. You can just decorate everything in pink and purple and call it good, but you likely want to have a theme and organize the pretty princess chaos. Grab your tiaras, it’s time to plan your little princess’s party! We don’t want you to be overwhelmed, so we’ve gathered together some easy and glitzy girly ideas you can use to throw the best princess birthday party she’ll ever have.
Royal Invitations
Set the tone for your celebration with royal invitations! Keep it personal and creative by getting together some cardstock and hand writing the invitations. Skip buying invitations, this way is so much more fun! Include all the needed details and add some glitter or confetti for fun!
Princess Prizes
Send them home with goodies they’ll love! You can include items like princess stickers, princess books and even mini glass slippers. Don’t forget to decorate the outside of the bag as well.
Fun Food.

Find out ahead of time if your guests are vegetarian or have any allergies and then have fun creating finger foods.  Then choose a good sandwich and use cookie cutters to make them that much more inviting!
Goblet Fun.
How to Plan the Perfect Little Girl Birthday Party!Royal children get thirsty! Keep it fancy whether you’re service lemonade from a pitcher or even using juice boxes, by tying or gluing a pink, gold or silver ribbon around each container or glass!
The Sweet Side.

The Cake. The big dessert has got to help you end with a bang! There are so many possibilities here! Find a cake stylist and get the cake custom made just for your little girl. One fun thing you can do is to gather a few of her princess or doll accessories like purses and pearls to place on top of the cake. Another idea is to have a doll placed in the middle with the cake as the dress. If you’re in Southern California, call us at Ontario Bakery and we’ll discuss the options with you!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Having a Fall Wedding? Now’s the Time to Handle The Details!

Having a Fall Wedding? Now’s the Time to Handle The Details!

As summer comes to a close, we realize that fall is just around the corner. And if you’re planning a wedding, you need to get your head out of the summer and into the details of your long awaited celebration. This can be the hardest time to plan because we’ve all been on a mental (or physical) vacation, enjoying the sun and the time off. And getting into a planning flow can be a challenge. So we want to share some simple tips to help you get the momentum going again so you aren’t stuck planning details at the last moment.
We Ontario Bakery, want you to have the best wedding possible so here are some fall wedding planning tips to get you back into the excited celebration mood.

Every wedding is made even more beautiful by accenting the design with pieces inspired by the season you’re in. In this case, with fall, we’ve got falling leaves, drying branches, pumpkins, apples, spices…
Some ideas to involve these elements are to have your guest sign in list surrounded by leaves and bark paper or to arrange tea lights on little branch cuts on tables.  You can also add a touch of the seasonal harvest here and there, but instead of leaving them at their farm fresh colors, paint them gold and wrap them in a color ribbon you’re using in the wedding party’s attire.

Have you determined your focus and accent colors for the wedding?
You want to make sure you mix bold Autumn colors with a contrast of natural textures to accent.

When choosing colors, be sure to choose warm and dark. Use rich chocolate browns, burgundy and burnt orange, with decor accents of burlap, velvet, and natural elements such as wood slices and blocks.
If you have the option to have the ceremony at sunset with the reception under the stars or basking in the moonlight, then please do it.

For Beauty
Add accents of gold or even copper to your eyes. Have fun with a nude lip or go rich with a smooth bordeaux color. Hair done up and out of the face will keep those colors rich without overwhelming the picture and still accenting your dress.  

For food
Food is especially fun to play with at a fall wedding. Use spices like clove, cardamom and cinnamon. As an added touch to bring more warmth during the eating time, you can brighten up the ambience with golden stringed lights around the reception area.

Preparing for a fall wedding is more than a fun affair; it gets you connected to the time of year in a very special and unique way.

We at Ontario Bakery specialize in customized wedding and special occasion cakes. We know how important it is to have your delicious accent piece compliment your day perfectly without stealing the show.

Contact us for all your sweet needs!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Why Choose a Neighborhood Bakery When Grocery Stores Can Make the Cake?

Why Choose a Neighborhood Bakery When Grocery Stores Can Make the Cake?No one can resist that smell of a warm freshly baked cake. No matter the occasion, it’s sure to bring back fond memories of celebrations throughout your life. And that’s why we are dedicated to creating the most beautiful and delicious cakes possible for the events in your life that matter most.

We at Ontario Bakery take pride in the quality we provide and today, we wanted to take a moment to share a little piece of our story with you. We are located in Southern California and are a neighborhood style, family run bakery that started out of a desire to provide a place for you and yours to get the perfect customized cake, cupcakes and other treats to celebrate your special day, without loosing the homemade quality and care.  As a family and bakery, we are still committed to going above and beyond. Our cake and butter cream recipes are the original scratch recipes that we've used since the beginning. The cakes we make, say it all: quality, uniqueness and a true desire for a good tasting cake to serve your guests. Your guests just might think grandma made it!

Sure, you could go to the grocery store, but you'll be missing out on that family to family, 'just like grandma's cooking' benefit. You'll miss out on the smiles, the warm smells and the personalized experience. You'll miss out on the promise of treating you like a person that matters and a vision we're dedicated to creating.

Our cakes are made to order with the options of various icings and even a long list of fillings that are sure to make you come back for more!   

Whether birthday, wedding, shower or graduation....  You name the event and we’ll provide the sweet side!  We are honored to be your top choice in celebration sweets! Allow us to personalize it with the perfect topper, floral arrangement and even action figure!  This is your day and we just want to treat you right! 

Please!  Don't hesitate!  Come say hello and meet our cake stylists at Ontario Bakery and see what we can do for you!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Put An End to Bridal Burnout With These Sanity Saving Tips.

Put An End to Bridal Burnout With These Sanity Saving Tips.Most brides tend to take on way too much of the responsibility because they’re afraid of things going wrong. But then all that extra work makes them burnt out- and they become the frazzled, stressed out bride we all love, but are afraid of.  

The most important things you can do is know how to spot the burnout coming on. I would say prevent it - and you can, but who’s going to tell her that? As for preventative, the best way to do that is to make sure you have a solid and dependable team. Make sure everyone has a couple jobs they won’t abandon or be lazy about.  Also have an emergency team. These are the people your bridal party is going to call in case of emergency - that isn’t  the bride. Do that and you’ve got step one down.

Now for the burnout. There are several distinct symptoms a bride will experience if she is starting to burnout.  Keep in mind that the bride herself may not be the one to recognize these symptoms, so we are calling on you, the maid of honor, bridesmaids, friends, families and fianc├ęs, to be on the look for these signs. If you are concerned your precious bride might be on the edge, then the info below is of you.

  • Passive decision making. Along with a loss of excitement and possible offbeat comments about her wedding, burnout is recognizable by this symptom above all. Write this down if you need to because she may exhibit no other symptom than this and that is passive decision making. At the beginning, you'll remember she was excited and maybe she even spent an hour at the hardware store staring at paint swatches to get an idea for the exact shade of the perfect colors she wanted. Now, if she is overwhelmed beyond her imagination, she likely doesn't care at all as to the difference between lily white and cotton white. Decisions, small or large, no longer seem to hold the importance they once did. If your brides’ decision making has become uncharacteristically passive, she may need your help to get the excitement back.
  • Her words may give it away. If she's saying comments like, “I am ready for this all to be over, I just want to be married”. Some of that's natural, but a classic sign of an overstressed bride is the neglect factor. She doesn’t want anything to do with her own wedding. The last few months leading up to her wedding are not fun for her and she is not looking forward to her wedding in the way that she should be because she is now associating it with headaches, stresses and work instead of the special and intimate event that it should be. If your bride is dropping comments that seem out of character and out of wedding planning energy, it may be time to approach her.
  • She’s extra stressed and hiding her tears. The last sign of an overworked bride whose fiery excitement is dwindling fast is opposite of the three preceding symptoms and that is the high strung, bridezilla type, stressed beyond the point of snapping bride. This is a unique and volatile type of burnout that some brides experience and these brides above all others need your sensitivity in approaching them about their new found (and temporary!) neurosis. This is a symptom that will build over time and may get so intense that the bride will actually drive away the very help she desires and at this point, needs. If your bride has developed a bridezilla complex, remember her as she used to be, pre-engagement, when you gently approach to offer your help (and maybe lend her some of your sanity!).
This is a time for prevention and delegation. Let her be in charge, but make sure the real responsibilities are distributed to the trustworthy members of your party.

Ontario Bakery knows the importance of a beautiful day and we are here to customize your wedding cake to exactly your needs. Allow our bakers to take some of the stress of wedding planning away and you will feel loads lighter!  Give us a call, and happy wedding planning!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Your Engagement Party: Planning It So It Happens the Way You Want It

Your Engagement Party: Planning It So It Happens the Way You Want ItYour engagement party should feel like the celebration it’s meant to be. So don’t make the planning mistakes so many make that add stress and complications to what should be easy and beautiful.  Let us, at Ontario Bakery, help you have a fun and memorable, stress free engagement party!
First, don’t over-do it.
Keep it simple. You don’t need to book a major venue. If you want to go out, go to a restaurant where you can book a back room or private area. Even simpler, have it at a friend’s home and simply have it catered so you can have the best of both worlds.
Have a photographer or simply a photo booth.

Capture all the fun of the party for everyone. Capture the kisses and the general romance in the air. Then have someone create an album to be gifted at the wedding! For even more fun, take photos throughout the wedding planning process and present an album documenting the whole thing! And having the booth let’s people take home the fun!

Share and tell.

Have your guests share their favorite romantic experiences, how they met their partner or about the proposal. Everyone will have a fun time swapping mushy and funny stories around.

Have delicious food!

It’s so important to celebrate with fine food, drink and delights as they mirror the occasion! If you’re not having it catered, ask everyone to bring an ethnic side dish or choose the couple’s favorite ingredients and ask everyone to get creative with them! It’s a lot better than too much salad or chips and salsa!

Ontario bakery want you to have the best celebration possible without the stress. We’d be honored to provide you with a custom cake or other sweets of your choosing, to finish the night well! And remember to come to us first for your custom wedding cake needs when the time comes!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Simple Wedding Cake Planning Tips for Every Bride

Simple Wedding Cake Planning Tips for Every BrideYou’re planning a wedding and don’t have the time for extra stress. You need a process that’s dependable and simple so you can focus your attention on the love you’re about to celebrate! Don’t waste your precious time calling, double checking and reminding the people you’ve hired about all the details that are so important to you. From your dress to the reception hall and cake, keep it as simple as possible. At Ontario Bakery, we’ve learned the good, bad and the ugly of wedding planning, so take it from us!

  • Go with a tried and true suggestion from a family or friend. (Call and interview first though!)
  • The best way to keep it simple is to meet with a cake stylist to make sure everything is as you want it. Not all bakeries have one on staff, so be sure to call ahead of time to make sure they have one.
  • Ask the baker how far in advance they bake the cake and how far in advance they frost it. You want the freshest possible wedding cake, but not a last minute cake either.
  • Ask if you are able taste samples of cakes and icings. You need to decide on the cake flavor, icing in between layers, and outer icing. Trust me, this is so helpful so you aren’t shocked by the flavors and their combinations when it’s too late!
  • Bring pictures that inspire you or even create a Pinterest board to share with your cake stylist.  A picture IS worth a thousand words. So, if you have something in mind already, show the baker a picture. It's easier than trying to explain everything in words.
  • Pick your cake top out ahead of time and bring it with you to the baker. Some cake tops are heavy and may need special consideration or support. The cake topper may look too small or big for the cake you had in mind. The baker can help you with sizing of the top cake.
  • If you have special decorations like pillars, columns, cake tops, flowers, etc., find out if there are extra charges. Most likely there will be extra fees if you have an elaborate setup.
  • Ask about the setup and delivery options and charges. Don't send a friend or relative to pick up your cake please! Let the professional baker deliver it and set it up.
    You deserve to spend your time celebrating and enjoying the process. So keep it simple and let us help you with the crazy details.  Visit us at Ontario Bakery in California. We deliver just what you’re looking for and with all the ease you need!