Friday, December 14, 2012

Save your heart, reduce holiday stress, order from Ontario Bakery (Rancho Cucamonga too!)

One more reason to dread holiday stress: holiday stress is bad for your health, reports this article in Health Day

They suggest the following to reduce stress:

  • Try to enjoy family get-togethers and take them in stride.
  • If you're alone, contact friends or offer to do volunteer work.
  • If finances are an issue, set and stick to a budget.
  • Feel free to say no to things you just can't do.
  • Keep your holiday expectations realistic to avoid disappointment.
  • Plan some activities but don't dwell on things that go wrong.
  • Limit your alcohol and tobacco consumption.

If you are stressed and over-committed this holiday season, let Ontario Bakery take some of your load off:

  • Affordable cakes, gingerbread houses, and other holiday baked goods
  • Our family bakery has been in business for almost 50 years- our baked goods are made from scratch with our family recipes so you can have the real thing this holiday, not some boxed junk!
  • Quick turn-around- call us today to order something for your party or event
  • Custom special occasion cakes create memories
  • Convenient locations in Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter Weddings: Ideas and Pictures of Cakes and More!

Getting married in the winter needn't leave your creativity cold. Try incorporating some of these ideas, and check out dozens of wedding cake pictures on our website. 

  • Winter themes: Choose a winter theme. Consider a winter-focused theme like a white Christmas (in California!),  pine forest, candle-lit wedding, New Year's, or Valentine's Day.
  • Winter flavors: We have more than 30 cake flavors and fillings at Ontario Bakery! Consider: red velvet for a Christmas or Valentine's wedding,  pink champagne-flavored cake for a January wedding, or warm up with our Italian Rum Cake, or Bailey's Irish Cream cake. Check out the complete listing of unique flavors on our website.
  • Add coziness: Consider serving hot beverages such as mulled cider or hot buttered rum, instead of the traditional. Incorporate cozy fabrics like tweed, wool, cashmere, velvet, or corduroy. Add candlelight and firelight, or evoke it with other decor, colors, and led lights.
  • Winter favors: Great winter-themed favors include peppermint candies, bags of hot chocolate mix, hand-knitted ornaments, spiced nuts, or candles. Or consider custom-designed cookies, cake pops, mini pumpkin loaves, or other baked favors from Ontario Bakery.
  • Faux snow: If you'd like the magic of a frosty white wedding in Southern California, consider a destination wedding at a ski lodge, rental of a snow machine, or for a low-cost option- paper snowflakes as decor, and cones filled with snowflake confetti for guests to throw instead of rice.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"Visions of sugarplums..." Top 3 Best Holiday Treats for Kids from Ontario Bakery (and Rancho Cucamonga)

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. "
Erma Bombeck

Are you looking for kid-friendly baked treats for this holiday season? Ditch that brick of store-bought fruitcake. At Ontario Bakery (Rancho Cucamonga too!) we've got all kinds of baked goods that appeal to kids. 

Here are our top 3 favorites:

  1. Gingerbread houses, the mansion of holiday treats.  Include kids' favorite candies for weeks of secret nibbling fun. We have beautiful custom-made gingerbread houses available from both our locations, as well as DIY gingerbread house classes at Ontario Bakery December 11th, 12th, and 13th. We bake it, you make it! These classes sell out, so call us today to reserve your spot for up to 4 people at (909) 984-4919
  2. Cake pops. Cake pops are fun party treats, and with none of the mess of a traditional cake. For the holidays we suggest red velvet cake pops, covered in white as a seasonal treat. 
  3. Festive cookies never lose their popularity. Check out our adorable designs in our Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga bakery locations, or stop by to grab some for your last-minute party or gift exchange. They are a sure-fire hit with all ages!
Make your own gingerbread house with professional help in our classes! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY Gingerbread House nights- Hurry before they fill up!

“The Gingerbread House has four walls, a roof, a door, a window, and a chimney. It is decorated with many sweet culinary delights on the outside. But on the inside there is nothing—only the bare gingerbread walls. It is not a real house—not until you decide to add a Gingerbread Room. That’s when the stories can move in.They will stay in residence for as long as you abstain from taking the first gingerbread bite.” - Vera Nazarian

We still have spaces left in our Ontario Bakery's DIY gingerbread house making classes, but they are filling up fast. (Sorry- not available at our Rancho Cucamonga Bakery, so come over to Ontario.) These classes will be a part of your family's holiday memories for years to come. Last year they sold out, so call us today to reserve your spot.

You can get a stunning, professionally-decorated gingerbread house from Ontario Bakery for only $50, so why do it yourself?

  • Learn decorating techniques from professional bakers
  • Give a meaningful gift for only $35! 
  • Up to 4 people per slot
  • Make it together! When your family collaborates to build a gingerbread house, you are giving each other and the recipient the gift of your time and presence. A family fun night and a gift for teacher, grandma, or or your own home for only $35. 
  • Unleash your creativity! This is a chance to nurture the talents in your family.
  • Of course...its edible and sweet, like many of the best gifts!
Reserve your spot in our "We Bake It You Build it Gingerbread House Nights" at
We still have spots open for  December 11, 12, and 13! Don't wait to reserve. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Custom Nightmare Before Christmas cake from Ontario Bakery (Rancho Cucamonga location too!)

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"Eureka! This year, Christmas will be - OURS!"
Jack Skellington

Looking for a custom Christmas cake that is a little different this year? Come into Ontario Bakery (Rancho Cucamonga location too) for all your holiday needs. We specialize in original custom cakes for every occasion like this custom Nightmare Before Christmas cake
We will bake you up a memorable cake for your birthday, wedding, or special occasion. 

Stop in and check out our wide selection of fresh-baked holiday baked goods: 

  • Cakes for all occasions (custom orders available)
  • Pastries
  • Cookies
  • Danish
  • Coffee Cakes
  • Dessert Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Pumpkin Loafs
  • Pound Cakes
  • Pies

Our family recipes are a holiday tradition in the inland empire. Order your custom Christmas cake from us today! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Start A New Tradition With Our "We Bake It, You Build It" Gingerbread House Nights!

- We Bake It
      You Build It -
Gingerbread House Nights!

The season is upon us, and all the tradition decorations are coming out of sheds, attics, and garages throughout the Inland Empire. With all the potential for fun, colorful table toppers, and fireplace mantel items there is something especially romantic about the ginger bread house.

"There are plenty of places in Southern California where you can buy a finished ginger bread house," offers Ontario Bakery Owner Chris Fabos, "and we will happily sell you the finished product decorated by our skilled staff for just $50. But how much more fun and memorable to bring your family or friends and get some instruction, then add the fancy candies and other elements yourself? You spend only $35 for the experience and you take home the finished product, too"

"We offered these ginger bread building nights last year and  sold out quickly" says Fabos. "So we are encouraging folks to sign up quickly.

Sign ups are still being taken for the "We Bake It You Build it Gingerbread House Nights." The cost is $35 and includes everything you need to make a beautiful Christmas memory. Each group can be up to 4 people creating one house. The sessions are held at Ontario Bakeries' Ontario California location. Call 909-984-4919 to get your reservation in. Available dates are December 6, 11, 12, and 13.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

7 Don'ts- Pictures of Wedding Cakes Gone Wrong...
The website has countless examples of wedding cake pictures showing what can go wrong when planning your wedding cake-the tasteless themes, amateur executions, and hysterical misspellings are endless...

Here are a few tips from Ontario Bakery on how to avoid a mess of a cake:

1. Don't choose too many elements, or an overly complicated design. Your baker can advise you on what creative ideas will work well as a cake design, and what might end up looking too chaotic, messy, or silly.

2. Don't forget to share color swatches with your baker. If all you give them to go on is "red", the results may clash with your other elements. 

3. Don't have an amateur bake your cake. Wedding cakes are difficult structurally, difficult to transport, etc. Even if your friend bakes a great birthday cake you probably don't want to trust them with your unforgettable 4-tier masterpiece. Choose a bakery experienced with wedding cakes.

4. Don't forget when and where you will be getting married. Hot weather, humidity levels, outdoor locations, and similar considerations should be part of your design process.

5. Don't assume your baker can read your mind. Use specific, descriptive language, and pictures to illustrate what you like and don't like in wedding cakes.

6. Don't miss out on tasting your cake ahead of time! A good bakery will arrange a no-obligation tasting for you so that you can try out flavors and see what you like best.

7. Don't be limited by familial pressures or social convention! All kinds of wedding cakes can be beautiful. It is ok to choose a custom wedding cake that expresses your unique personality and style. Just choose an experienced baker who will do it tastefully.