Corner Bakery Cafe wants to make your holidays sweeter

Last week, the marketing folks at Corner Bakery Cafe reached out to Dine 909 and made us an offer we couldn’t refuse: We get free fresh-baked holiday treats to review and then one lucky Dine 909er gets the exact same treats to share with friends and family.

Free goodies? And free goodies for a reader? Count us in!

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What we got was three items from the chain’s holiday catering menu: A cinnamon creme cake, a tray of red velvet whoopee pies and a tray of baby bundt cakes (chocolate, red velvet and gingerbread pumpkin).

It so happened that Thursday was our holiday dinner here at The Sun, so I arranged to pick up the goodies at the Rancho Cucamonga location for that day.

When I went to pick up the treats, the restaurant was swamped! However, I just stepped over to the phone pick-up area and was helped right away. Thanks, Jamie!

Of course, with all those goodies, I needed help in reviewing ’em! So I quickly typed up a review sheet, set the goodies in our conference room, and right after lunch, started inviting folks to come taste and review.

Follow the jump to see what they had to say…and to find out how you can get the same treats for free!

Cinnamon creme cake

John Weeks, Features Editor: “The crunchy top layer gives this just the right combination of soft and chewy. I want to try the rum-soaked version of this!”

Robert Cooper, Ad Services: “Very good. Excellent cinnamon taste. Moist.”

Joyce in Production: “Very moist. Good cinnamon flavor. Would order this.”

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Red velvet whoopee pies

Barb in Pre-press: “My first whoopee pie. Really good. Not usually a fan of red velvet, but this was good. Tasted more like chocolate than red dye.”

Lori Thomas in Pre-press: “My favorite. Best red velvet I’ve had and the cream filling was yummy, too.”

Chocolate baby bundt bite

Brenda Walker in Production: “Very moist. Yummy.”

Nancy Paisley in Pre-press: “Texture is light and airy. Not too sweet. I enjoyed this. Great size.”

Frank Pine, Executive Editor: “Chocolatey, moist, not too heavy. Perfect complement to an afternoon cup of coffee.”

Gingerbread pumpkin baby bundt bite

Barb in Pre-press: “My favorite! Not too sweet. Loved the spicy flavor…tasted of the holidays.”

Lori Thomas in Pre-press: “Love it. Strong gingerbread flavor. Very tasty.”

Red velvet baby bundt bite

Theresa in IT: “Very moist. Not too sweet. Needs a little more icing, but still good.”

And what did I think? I thought it was all good, with the whoopee pies taking the crown. All the baked goods were very fresh and moist. I loved the cream cheese icing in the whoopee pies.

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The cinnamon creme cake was my second favorite. The only problem being that I ended up taking too big of a slice. A little of the cinnamon creme cake goes a long way. It’s very rich.

The bundt cakes were just right. Not too heavy. Not too sweet. Just the right amount of flavor.

The prices are reasonable for what you get. The cinnamon creme cake, for example, is $19.99, which comes out to about a dollar a pound…just kidding! A tray of 20 baby bundt bites will set you back $19, and a tray of 16 whoopee pies costs $25.

Prices for baked goods range from $16 for a tray of 40 mini cookies to $68 for a 48-piece sweets basket, so there’s something for every budget.

But one lucky Dine 909er will receive three holiday catering items to share with family and friends, thanks to the generosity of the folks at Corner Bakery Cafe.

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The winner will get Corner Bakery Cafe’s signature cinnamon creme cake, a tray of red velvet whoopee pies and their choice of either baby bundt bites, bar bites or mini cookies.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment below, but you gotta do it before noon Monday. And make sure you read the rules first.

We’ve only got two Corner Bakery Cafes here in the Inland Empire: In Rancho Cucamonga at 12375 S. Main St. and in Chino Hills at 4517 Chino Hills Parkway, and the winner must be able to pick up their prize as the prize is not deliverable.

Here are the rules:

  • One entry/comment per person.
  • You must include a valid email address (which will not be shown). Your email address will be used only to contact you in the event you win.
  • Employees of MediaNews Group, Corner Bakery Cafe and their affiliates, along with members of the employees’ immediate families are ineligible to win. Sorry, Mom.
  • The contest begins at 6 a.m. PDT Friday, December 16, 2011 and ends at 11:59 a.m. PDT Monday, December 19, 2011.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen at random after the close of the contest. That winner will receive one (1) cinnamon creme cake, one (1) tray of red velvet whoopee pies and their choice of one (1) tray of either baby bundt bites, bar bites or mini cookies.
  • The winner agrees to have his/her name and hometown mentioned in the Dine 909 blog and newspaper column.
  • The winner will be contacted via email by Corner Bakery Cafe to arrange prize pick-up.

Good luck and happy holidays from Dine 909 and Corner Bakery Cafe!

  • Shawna hemstreet

    I love Confer Bakery! I have never.had a whoopie pie, but those red.velvet ones look so insanely delicious! In fact, all the baked goods, I want to try them all!

  • Oscar

    I love Corner Bakery’s sandwiches, looking to try their sweets!

  • Angel

    Yummy! I gotta stop by to try these!

  • Jofrelyn

    Ultimately love their red velvet whoopie pies!!!!!

  • Cindy W.

    These look great! Can’t wait to try them.

  • Joey Catuara

    My favorite is the Poblano Fresco sandwich with Chicken – but I get it on Harvest bread. Try it!

  • Nancy S

    You made a good recommendation on coffee out in Chino Hills so next time the family will have to go check this bakery.. whoopee for whoopee pies!!!

  • carol c

    These items look great.

  • carol c

    These items look great.

  • Patricia Cascio

    Yummy Yummy 4 my Tummy

  • Alex

    in to win!

  • michael walsh

    I want those

  • Shelli

    Corner Bakery’s food is to LIVE for!

  • Afish

    I love Corner Bakery! And since I just got a phone call today that I won a $1,000.00 Santa in a raffle, I thought, I have to enter this one, it just might be my really lucky day!

  • YoAna Mena

    Corner Bakery is amazingly delicious! I love to buy my lunch from. Everything that I’ve tried has been good. But I must say my ultimate favorite thing there is their Chicken Pomodori Panini. The combination of the chicken with the provolone cheese, sundried tomatoes, and pesto spread is amazing!!! What I love most about them is when I am on a lunch budget I can go buy a baget and get some butter and jam and I have something to snack on all day for under $2.00

  • Wayne K

    A good sandwich requires fresh ingredients. You can count on Corner Bakery to serve you a great sandwich.

  • Debbie Haulman

    Love their salads at Corner bakery, actually everything is pretty good!

  • Christal chavez

    Would love to win so I can share with my HOH team they deserve some special love. Corner stone is amazing.

  • Nicole

    Honestly haven’t eaten at Corner Bakery yet but this would be a great way to start!

  • Francisco

    Besides the breakfast paninis, the chocolate and gingerbread pumpkin baby bundts are my favorites. A slice of either with a hot cup of coffee is a great way to spend a weekend morning. Corner Bakery at Victoria Gardens is mine and my wife’s favorite morning breakfast escape where sneak out early on a Saturday before our kids wake up (don’t tell them).

  • Siri Jespersen

    My mom and I always stop at Corner Bakery Cafe for lunch after our shopping trips! Love the chopped salad, yum!

  • Christine L

    Would love to win!

  • Gail Hoeker

    The chocolate baby bundt is amazingly good! Love to stop in for lunch. 🙂

  • Jana Bergman

    love Corner Bakery <3

  • Linda MacDonald

    A place to meet and greet my dear cousin for sharing the great flavors and our spirits.

  • Billie Hester

    Love Corner Bakery! Would love to win these Yummy Prizes!

  • Lisa Dorn

    Corner Bakery is one of my favorite places to sit with friends for good food, great atmosphere, and wonderful conversation. Keep up the good work, CB!

  • Sheryl Shwetz

    The cinnamon creme cake is wonderful!

  • Linda Frieden

    I love The Corner Bakery, who doesn’t love little cookies and cakes! This would be the perfect thing to win for our family road trip coming up next week!

  • Brian

    Corner Bakery is a personal fav; would love to share this with my family!

  • Tamra Selleck

    I love Corner Bakery! The mini bundt cakes are the best. Great item to take to our families Christmas Eve party.

  • KM

    I love Corner Bakery!

  • Jennifer Vuksinich

    I love the food at Corner Bakery. I’ve never had a bad meal or treat. I would like to try more of their treats.

  • Ernie J

    Sounds yummy! Hope I win!

  • Wendy Williams

    Corner Bakery makes me Sing, Corner Bakery is my Zing,
    Corner Bakery makes me Smile, For Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner and dessert (the banana bundts especially) Oooo I just sit and stay awhile.

  • Lori Johnson

    They all sound delicious. I would be especially interested in trying the gingerbread pumpkin bundt bites. That just reeks of holiday!!

    I’ve enjoyed all the baked treats I’ve tried previously from Corner Bakery. They have great soups and sandwiches, too.

  • Mary Grady

    Winning Christmas treats would make this Mary very MERRY!!

  • Monique Lopez

    I didn’t know they served all these goodies! I live close by. I need to try some of these delicious baked goods! Mmm

  • Christina Rodriguez

    I’ve never been here, but now I will have to check it out!!! There’s so much good stuff in the IE!!!

  • Shelby

    Corner Bakery = BEST salads ever! I’m drooling just thinking about them… 😛

  • Gwen

    I already love their cinnamon creme cake but I’d love to try all their other goodies. If it tastes half as good as their cake well…I’m sold!