Skip the Chocolates, Go for Chocolate CAKE!

by Regina 30. January 2014 01:58

Unless you celebrated Valentine's Day with us in previous years, chances are you haven't tried our Sweetheart Cake. The reason? It is exclusively available for Valentine's Day only. We get tons of requests throughout the year to make the cake (it's that good) but to make V-Day a little more special, we bake it only in the month of February.

We take our famously decadent chocolate cake, put raspberry jam in between the layers and cover the cake with kirsch cream cheese frosting (made by scratch, of course!). Not only is the icing slightly pink, it has the same loved consistency of our mocha or rum icing but with wonderful fruity flavor!

But if you're looking for something that's all chocolate, we have something for you too. Our Chocolate Hearts are baked from the same chocolate cake and dunked in our chocolate icing (so think our Chocolate on Chocolate). Decorated with some festive pieces and a drizzle of pink (naturally colored!) icing, and you got yourself a Valentine's Day present AND dessert.

We have other options too: chocolate chip cookie hearts, Strawberry Mousse, Raspberry Sandwich hearts, Gingerbread cookies and more. Check out more pictures and info here. Regardless of what you're interested in, please order in advance! We would love to have all orders (not just V-Day ones) at least two days in advance, so that means call us by February 12 at the latest! 

Happy Holidays: a Thank you, and a Wish for the Best 2014!

by Regina 31. December 2013 02:09

As the year closes, we reflect back on 2013. This year we have so much to be thankful for. Our third store, Rivermark in Santa Clara, celebrated its 10th anniversary (and we passed out 100 free cakes!). Our fourth store, Pacific Commons in Fremont, celebrated its 5th anniversary in early December. Lastly, we announced that our 5th location will be opening in downtown Sunnyvale in early 2014.

None of this would have been possible me without the support of our customers. Whether you have been with us since the beginning, or discovered us earlier this year - or any of the 32 years in between - we thank you for "shopping small" and supporting our family business. We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to bakery and cafes - especially a number of chains much bigger than we will ever be - and we are so grateful that you still agree that we do something special.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your daily lives and special celebrations. We will honor you by staying true to our commitment to excellence and freshness. We wish you a very warm and happy holidays. See you in the new year!

Blog Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of Making Buche de Noels!

by Regina 4. December 2013 05:21

Hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. We all work crazy hours here at the bakery but it's totally worth it to see you guys come all the way down into our stores just to pick up pies, or dinner rolls or 18 croissants (real order!). This year was truly special because we were recognized as one of the best pies in the Bay Area by San Jose Mercury News. Thanks SJ Merc!

While we will still be offering pies for Christmas and throughout December, what I'd like to share with you today is details on our beautiful Buche de Noels and Yule Logs. I definitely didn't know what these desserts were when I first started working here so for those of you who are in the same boat I was, I'm going to give you everything you need to know right here!

I'll be showing you behind-the-scene photos and step-by-step procedures on how we make these FRESH. This is VERY important because you'd be surprised how many bakeries freeze their cakes, especially the Buche de Noels and Yule Logs since they are pretty labor intensive.

But ours, like any of our other cakes, are NEVER frozen. We ask that you pick-up these items after 2pm on Christmas Eve because we will still be baking and assembling them THAT very morning. Unfortunately, freshness has a price: we can only make limited quantities so once we hit out limit, we're sold out! So pre-orders are required and space is limited.

Basically our Buche de Noels and Yule Logs are rolled up sponge cakes, in a shape of a log. The insides of the Buche de Noel and Yule Logs are exactly the same; they are only decorated differently on the outside. Let's go over the process of the Buche de Noel.

How to Make Buche de Noel

Step 1: First we roll out sponge cake with filling (FACT: We have NINE available flavors for our Buche de Noel!) into one long roll. Then, slice about 1/3 off at a slant to make the shorter leg of the "log"

Step 2: Begin covering the log with freshly molded chocolate. One of the hardest parts about making Buche de Noel is optimal temperatures - temperatures of the melted chocolate and of the mable slab we are working on. Too hot or too cold and we'll have major problems!

Step 3: After we cover the entire log in chocolate, we need to cover up the rest of the cake so it is fully disguised. The includes piping chocolate at the ends of the log (pictured above)

Step 4: This is my favorite part -- dressing up the log! We shape marzipan into little mushrooms and fungi to scatter around the board the cake lies on. We also cut out holly leaves and holly berries to put on top of the log to make it a bit more festive. Lastly, we'll cut out a rectangular plaque so we can write "Noel" or any other message you would like to place on top of the log.

Step 5: The final step is to sprinkle powdered sugar and cocoa powder to give the effect of snow. That's it, now it's done!

We hope you enjoyed these behind-the-scene photos! Remember, quantities are limited so do not wait to place your order (pre-orders are required). If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section or call one of our stores. Have a great holiday season!

Don't Wait to Order Thanksgiving Meal - Quantities Limited!

by Regina 12. November 2013 06:32

Just a reminder that your company may be catering its Thanksgiving meal the Thursday or Friday before Thanksgiving -- that's next week!! November is flying by, and we don't want you to miss out on our Thanksgiving Turkey Catering. Quantities are limited and spaces are filling up, so call our Catering Manager today.

Our previous post goes in depth on our Thanksgiving Catering, but just to quickly recap: our packages include turkey (whole or pre-carved) with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and dinner rolls. We also have a variety of other dishes and desserts that are available to add to your order.

Cross this off your to-do list; call us today! We are looking forward to serving you!

Thanksgiving Turkey Meal for Home or Office!

by Regina 6. November 2013 06:26

Turkey Day is almost here! Don't wait until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving meal, whether it's for your family and friends, or for your work event -- we can help you with both!

Whether you are serving 15 guests or 200, our Turkey Packages are easy and include the essentials to serve 15-18 each:

  • Whole Turkey or pre-carved for convenience
  • Homemade Cornbread Stuffing
  • Hand-mashed potatoes
  • Gravy (made from scratch!)
  • 24 Dinner Rolls

So if you're serving 30 guests, order two packages. For 150 guests? 10 packages! But we also realize that it may not be as easy as that. Maybe you need to cater to some vegetarians, or maybe you want a larger variety of food, maybe have a dessert bar (great idea, by the way!). That's why we're here to help and happy to create custom quotes and menu proposals. Just call our Catering Managers with basic details: how many guests, date and time and basic requirements, and we can take care of everything else. 

What's "everything else"? Well, not to overwhelm you, but here are a few things you might not have thought of:

  1. Food is served HOT and ready to eat! No pre-heating is necessary
  2. We can deliver, and it's FREE if you are within 1-mile of our store
  3. One stop for both meal AND dessert!
  4. Made from scratch in-house without artificial flavors, artificial colors or preservatives added!

Quantities are limited so please call as you can! Please press 2 for the Catering Manager when you are prompted. 

To reach Santa Clara: 408-986-8388

To reach Fremont: 510-252-1098

Happy November!

Free whole cakes tomorrow at Rivermark store starting at 11:30am

by Regina 17. October 2013 14:22

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the big day! October 18th marks our 10th Anniversary/Birthday of our Rivermark/Santa Clara store and to commemorate the occasion, we're giving free whole cakes to the first 100 people, starting at 11:30am.

It's easy. All you need to do to redeem the free 6" round cake is be one of the first 100 people to show up at our Rivermark store tomorrow at 11:30am, "check-in" on Facebook, and the cake is yours! It's THAT simple. 

You might as well grab lunch with us while you're there! If you do, you qualify for 10 cent Chocolate Chip cookies too (up to 12 per person). Bring back cake AND cookies to the office?! You'll be everyone's best friend.

Good luck! May I suggest dropping in a bit earlier than 11:30am, if only to beat the crowd and snag some parking.

Thanks again to all of our Rivermark customers for your patronage over the last decade. We couldn't have done it without you! Thank you for your continued support in our family business :)

100 FREE cakes at Rivermark on Oct 18 starting at 11:30am

by Regina 11. October 2013 03:14

Welcome back to the blog! Sorry we've been on a bit of a hiatus, but we have big news to share! To celebrate our 10th birthday of our Rivermark/Santa Clara store, we're doing a HUGE giveaway!

We've never done anything like this before but we wanted to give back to our customers who have made our first 10 years in Santa Clara successful! We can't wait for the next 10.

The giveaway will take place at our Rivermark store only. We will start giving away free 6" round cakes at 11:30am, right before our lunch rush for those of you who also need to grab lunch and go. We will continue to give out free cakes until all 100 are gone.  We aren't able to offer all our different types of cake, but we'll try to have a selection. It'll be on a first-come, first-serve basis though so make sure to show up right at 11:30am!

If you can't make it on Friday, don't worry, we're running a couple other Anniversary promos during the week, Monday-Friday starting on October 14. If you are a breakfast customer, enjoy 10¢ coffee with your hot entree. If you come in for lunch/dinner, our Chocolate Chip cookies are only 10¢ next week too (normally $1.85 each!). Buy up to 12 for $1.20 and bring them back to the office to share (or not to share - we're not here to judge!).

We hope to see you next week to enjoy the promo and free cakes. We really do thank all of our Santa Clara customers for making these last 10 years wonderful. Thank you all for supporting our family business!


*Please note the promos/giveway mentioned in this post are valid at our Rivermark/Santa Clara store only.

Passover Cakes and Cookies

by Regina 11. March 2013 07:59

Hello March! Seems this year is off to a speedy start and Passover is no exception. We're used to getting Passover orders in April but here, not even mid-March yet, they're starting to trickle in. For anyone who is not near a calendar, the beginning of Passover is just two weeks away!

We do offer two types of cakes and a couple cookies for Passover, all made without traditional flour. Let's start with my favorite, the Strawberry Banana Passover cake.

Let me be honest here. I actually had a taste of this cake for the first time last year. I don't celebrate the holiday and we rarely ever have slices offered so last year when it was available I quickly sliced a piece for myself. I was mind-blown! I never thought I could have cake made without traditional flour that could taste THIS good. The sponge itself is made with matzo meal (which does contain gluten though), potato flour and - the best part - fresh bananas. The ripe bananas is the flavor that really carried throughout and with fresh strawberries, fresh bananas and fresh whipped cream as the filling, I regret that we don't make this cake more often! But it is a Passover exclusive so if you're interested, do come in the store before April 2!

For chocolate lovers, we offer our Chocolate Orange Passover Torte or Cream. Both cakes are made with the same sponge; sponge that is made from potato flour and crushed almonds. It can either be ordered as a Torte in which we only place fresh oranges and strawberries on top, or it can be ordered as a Cream in which we cover it in whipped cream.

We'll also be making our Almond Macaroons, which are also exclusive to this holiday. Made with almond paste, these cookies do not contain flour either. We offer a plain (pictured left) as well as chocolate flavor (pictured middle).

Our day-to-day Coconut Macaroons (pictured right) also are flourless and available to order.

Valentine's Day 2013 just around the corner

by Regina 4. February 2013 04:08

This particular Monday morning is a little bit rougher than usual, isn't it - with the 49ers being so close to winning the Superbowl yesterday. But they played one helluva game. We want to congratulate them on a great season and a great game yesterday. We're proud of you, San Francisco 49ers!

For those still mourning over the loss, we have some sweets to distract you. Plus, Valentine's Day is only 10 short days away so you'll want to read on if you haven't planned anything yet.

What I'm really excited about this year is our Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts. We made a couple last year to test the waters but didn't really advertise it. We were so happy to learn how well received they were! And at only $6.95 each, they are easy on the wallets. We can decorate them or leave them undecorated - and we can put a custom message too. Just let us know when you place your order over the phone or in-stores.

Last year we also received a record-breaking number of orders for our Chocolate Hearts. It's our award-winning chocolate cake in a shape of a heart and drizzled with some raspberry icing. Please be sure to place an order for any of these items! We do make a handful of extras for last minute walks-in, but the only way to guarantee any of these products is to place an order at least two days in advance. And we did run out last year!

And we of course will be having our Sweetheart Cake available through out the month of February. We receive numerous requests to have this cake year-round but it's a Valentine's Day exclusive. Our chocolate cake is filled with raspberry jam in the middle, then frosted and decorated with Kirsch-Raspberry cream cheese. It's available in all sizes; more information can be found here. (Note: the cake pictured above has been pre-marked for slicing).

Looking for something even easier? Get a red box of our assorted heart-shaped cookies. These boxes are perfect for the office or your group of friends. Choose your own assortment, or we'll be sure to pre-pack some of them next Thursday so you can pop in and pop out without delay. Cookies that are available in heart-shape are: Raspberry Sandwiches, Half Dips and Gingerbread.

We have a few other heart-shaped options including our Strawberry Mousse, Tiramisu Cheesecake and Cream Puffs. There will be limited quantity on each item, especially the Mousse and the Cheesecake so be sure to place an order as soon as you can. 

Call the store nearest you today! Don't wait because Thursday, February 14th will be here before you know it. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Superbowl XLVII 2013 with our 49ers!

by Regina 25. January 2013 04:27

Congratulations to the San Francisco 49ers on their incredible win against the Falcons last Sunday. After nine years away, the Bay Area is going back to the Superbowl! We couldn't be more proud and wish the Niners the best of luck.

No doubt there will be tons of Superbowl parties all across the Bay. If you're hosting on Sunday, February 3 you should know that we cater! Sandwiches, salads, pastas, finger-foods and, of course, desserts. Take care of your entire meal in just one stop.

We will be open (serving brunch too!) so same-day pick up is available. For more information, our Catering menus can be found here, on our website. Or call the store nearest you to speak to Catering Manager for your specific needs. As always, we'll try our best to accomodate.

Hope everyone has a great Superbowl weekend. Go 49ers!!

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