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!