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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!