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Van's Bakery

San Gabriel , CA

LOCATION

860 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA US 91776 (map)

PHONE

626-288-7272
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4.2/5.0
Note: we went to the Van's Bakery in Garden Grove, but all Van's Bakeries are pretty much the same.

Unlike most Western wedding cakes that look beautiful but taste like sugary styrofoam, asian bakeries like Van's provide excellent, moist, rich, and light cakes. You sacrifice some of the elegance, but the taste and enjoyment of hte cake is infinitely greater. Van's is a good standard for this. We also got Pate Chaud here as appetizers for our wedding. The cake itself was three tiered, we were allowed to bring in any photo design we wanted, and they delivered the cake and the appetizers to the location. Make sure you keep the cake stands so you can get your $50 deposit back.
Note: we went to the Van's Bakery in Garden Grove, but all Van's Bakeries are pretty much the same.

Unlike most Read more...
Note: we went to the Van's Bakery in Garden Grove, but all Van's Bakeries are pretty much the same.

Unlike most Western wedding cakes that look beautiful but taste like sugary styrofoam, asian bakeries like Van's provide excellent, moist, rich, and light cakes. You sacrifice some of the elegance, but the taste and enjoyment of hte cake is infinitely greater. Van's is a good standard for this. We also got Pate Chaud here as appetizers for our wedding. The cake itself was three tiered, we were allowed to bring in any photo design we wanted, and they delivered the cake and the appetizers to the location. Make sure you keep the cake stands so you can get your $50 deposit back. Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
6/16/2013
2.9/5.0
*Sigh* Okay, I'm pretty easy going. And for the price, what do you really expect, right? But come on, guys, my cake was lopsided (Mom: "It's going to fall!"), the ribbon was coming off (no amount of pushing made it stay), and the color wasn't what we had stapled to the contract (you have the sample right in front of you!). The cake was tasty but dry. Luckily, my florist decorated the cake and he worked some magic but you can only do so much. Probably not the best decision on my part to put the cake right next to the sweetheart table. I kept staring and poking at the unraveling mustard colored ribbon on my lopsided cake. Oh well, I don't think many people noticed ... at least they didn't mention anything to my face ;) Communication with the bakery can be difficult because you don't talk to the same person every time, which made it difficult for me to decide if I should bring my relative that spoke Cantonese or my relative that spoke Vietnamese. Okay, let's end on a positive note! At least it arrived on time and tasted alright!
*Sigh* Okay, I'm pretty easy going. And for the price, what do you really expect, right? But come on, guys, my cake was Read more...
*Sigh* Okay, I'm pretty easy going. And for the price, what do you really expect, right? But come on, guys, my cake was lopsided (Mom: "It's going to fall!"), the ribbon was coming off (no amount of pushing made it stay), and the color wasn't what we had stapled to the contract (you have the sample right in front of you!). The cake was tasty but dry. Luckily, my florist decorated the cake and he worked some magic but you can only do so much. Probably not the best decision on my part to put the cake right next to the sweetheart table. I kept staring and poking at the unraveling mustard colored ribbon on my lopsided cake. Oh well, I don't think many people noticed ... at least they didn't mention anything to my face ;) Communication with the bakery can be difficult because you don't talk to the same person every time, which made it difficult for me to decide if I should bring my relative that spoke Cantonese or my relative that spoke Vietnamese. Okay, let's end on a positive note! At least it arrived on time and tasted alright! Read less
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Alice
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
I was really stressing about my cake and wanting it to be perfect! When I saw the cake I was very happy with the way it turned out. The lady took her time and showed up different designs and spent like 2 hours with us. She also let us taste all the flavors! Yumo!
I was really stressing about my cake and wanting it to be perfect! When I saw the cake I was very happy with the way it Read more...
I was really stressing about my cake and wanting it to be perfect! When I saw the cake I was very happy with the way it turned out. The lady took her time and showed up different designs and spent like 2 hours with us. She also let us taste all the flavors! Yumo! Read less
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Hazel
Wedding:
11/12/2011
3.7/5.0
We got our cake at Van's bakery. They are pretty straightforward when it comes to wedding cakes. They pretty much gave us what we asked for, and even let us pick 2 fillings for each layer. Had no problems with set up and delivery.
We got our cake at Van's bakery. They are pretty straightforward when it comes to wedding cakes. They pretty much gave us Read more...
We got our cake at Van's bakery. They are pretty straightforward when it comes to wedding cakes. They pretty much gave us what we asked for, and even let us pick 2 fillings for each layer. Had no problems with set up and delivery. Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
12/11/2010
3.6/5.0
I came to Van's because most of my friends use them and they are the cheapest around. But this is the case of you get what you pay for. We did a tasting, and when we got the cake, it didn't taste like how we tasted at the tasting. There were cracks in the frosting and the ribbon color was slightly off. My florist did a great job in covering up the defects and I loved the cake simply because the flowers on the cake was so beautiful. I'm not sure if they did a poor job on the cake because they knew that it will be covered with flowers. But, I didn't appreciate the fact that my cake was a little on the imperfect side. So, if you are looking for a cheap cake, I recommend them, but don't expect cream of the crop with their pricing. Overall, I am satisfied only because I knew what I paid for.
I came to Van's because most of my friends use them and they are the cheapest around. But this is the case of you get what Read more...
I came to Van's because most of my friends use them and they are the cheapest around. But this is the case of you get what you pay for. We did a tasting, and when we got the cake, it didn't taste like how we tasted at the tasting. There were cracks in the frosting and the ribbon color was slightly off. My florist did a great job in covering up the defects and I loved the cake simply because the flowers on the cake was so beautiful. I'm not sure if they did a poor job on the cake because they knew that it will be covered with flowers. But, I didn't appreciate the fact that my cake was a little on the imperfect side. So, if you are looking for a cheap cake, I recommend them, but don't expect cream of the crop with their pricing. Overall, I am satisfied only because I knew what I paid for. Read less
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LuV
Wedding:
9/4/2010
3.0/5.0
We order our cake from the branch in Temple City. We show them a custom design of cake that we like and they said they can do it, but we were disappointed with the results. The decor and piping skill on the cake were messy and looks like amateur; really was a (bad) surprise. The taste of the cake is not bad at all, but we were very disappointed with the result of the design. They actually charge me $100 extra for having custom design but it's really not worth paying. So a little advise for future bride, just stick to the design they have coz we don't think they can do other design besides for the one they display on the store or the pictures. Also, we buy the cake topper from them and we just found out from our wedding pictures that the cake topper they gave was defective (broken) so if you buy the cake topper from them, might as well keep it and just place it on the cake yourself on the wedding day. On the bright side, the delivery was actually on time.
We order our cake from the branch in Temple City. We show them a custom design of cake that we like and they said they can Read more...
We order our cake from the branch in Temple City. We show them a custom design of cake that we like and they said they can do it, but we were disappointed with the results. The decor and piping skill on the cake were messy and looks like amateur; really was a (bad) surprise. The taste of the cake is not bad at all, but we were very disappointed with the result of the design. They actually charge me $100 extra for having custom design but it's really not worth paying. So a little advise for future bride, just stick to the design they have coz we don't think they can do other design besides for the one they display on the store or the pictures. Also, we buy the cake topper from them and we just found out from our wedding pictures that the cake topper they gave was defective (broken) so if you buy the cake topper from them, might as well keep it and just place it on the cake yourself on the wedding day. On the bright side, the delivery was actually on time. Read less
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supaflowapowa
Wedding:
6/19/2010
3.4/5.0
If you want a CHEAP and BEAUTIFUL wedding cake, this is THE place to go. If you have a vision - bring in a photo - they can do anything your heart desires...BUT warning - if you are high maintenance, too anal, and will flip out if your vendor does not respond adequately, go elsewhere. This is the place for the low maintenance bride who wants to save money, but either has a super patient attitude or super awesome wedding coordinator who can fulfill the aforementioned when dealing with said vendor. If you can, make sure you have a friend who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese or Vietnamese when you go in to pick your cake and pay, otherwise, you will be fairly frustrated communicating with them. Don't lose your receipt for when and if you call to change your cake flavors (as I did), and to remind them of your upcoming wedding a week before the big day. Our cake was for 250 guests, 4 tiers, absolutely gorgeous and delicious, without any flowers (it's so easy to use flowers to decorate it .. but umm it's not edible) and got TONS of compliments and all for under $400. That is a steal! I'd add a photo if I could but trust me when I say - it was gorgeous!!!!!
If you want a CHEAP and BEAUTIFUL wedding cake, this is THE place to go. If you have a vision - bring in a photo - they Read more...
If you want a CHEAP and BEAUTIFUL wedding cake, this is THE place to go. If you have a vision - bring in a photo - they can do anything your heart desires...BUT warning - if you are high maintenance, too anal, and will flip out if your vendor does not respond adequately, go elsewhere. This is the place for the low maintenance bride who wants to save money, but either has a super patient attitude or super awesome wedding coordinator who can fulfill the aforementioned when dealing with said vendor. If you can, make sure you have a friend who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese or Vietnamese when you go in to pick your cake and pay, otherwise, you will be fairly frustrated communicating with them. Don't lose your receipt for when and if you call to change your cake flavors (as I did), and to remind them of your upcoming wedding a week before the big day. Our cake was for 250 guests, 4 tiers, absolutely gorgeous and delicious, without any flowers (it's so easy to use flowers to decorate it .. but umm it's not edible) and got TONS of compliments and all for under $400. That is a steal! I'd add a photo if I could but trust me when I say - it was gorgeous!!!!! Read less
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Sylvia
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Van made our cake GORGEOUS! We gave her a picture of a cake we liked. It was better than we ever expected. She matched the exact colors and designs. I love the look of fondant but the taste of butter cream - with her cakes, you could not tell the difference! We received numerous compliments on our beautiful cake. The only thing I wish I had addressed with her was the color of the foil she used to wrap the bases of each layer - they were gold and clashed a bit with our silver motif. Also, we rented a silver cake stand but it never made it. Otherwise, the cake was on time and look like perfection!
Van made our cake GORGEOUS! We gave her a picture of a cake we liked. It was better than we ever expected. She matched the Read more...
Van made our cake GORGEOUS! We gave her a picture of a cake we liked. It was better than we ever expected. She matched the exact colors and designs. I love the look of fondant but the taste of butter cream - with her cakes, you could not tell the difference! We received numerous compliments on our beautiful cake. The only thing I wish I had addressed with her was the color of the foil she used to wrap the bases of each layer - they were gold and clashed a bit with our silver motif. Also, we rented a silver cake stand but it never made it. Otherwise, the cake was on time and look like perfection! Read less
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Sylvia
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Van made our cake GORGEOUS! We gave her a picture of a cake we liked. It was better than we ever expected. She matched the exact colors and designs. I love the look of fondant but the taste of butter cream - with her cakes, you could not tell the difference! We received numerous compliments on our beautiful cake. The only thing I wish I had addressed with her was the color of the foil she used to wrap the bases of each layer - they were gold and clashed a bit with our silver motif. Also, we rented a silver cake stand but it never made it. Otherwise, the cake was on time and look like perfection!
Van made our cake GORGEOUS! We gave her a picture of a cake we liked. It was better than we ever expected. She matched the Read more...
Van made our cake GORGEOUS! We gave her a picture of a cake we liked. It was better than we ever expected. She matched the exact colors and designs. I love the look of fondant but the taste of butter cream - with her cakes, you could not tell the difference! We received numerous compliments on our beautiful cake. The only thing I wish I had addressed with her was the color of the foil she used to wrap the bases of each layer - they were gold and clashed a bit with our silver motif. Also, we rented a silver cake stand but it never made it. Otherwise, the cake was on time and look like perfection! Read less
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Princess Tea
Wedding:
2/20/2010
4.6/5.0
The cake was a custom design, and it turned out beautifully! We were so happy with not only the look, but the taste as well.
The cake was a custom design, and it turned out beautifully! We were so happy with not only the look, but the taste as Read more...
The cake was a custom design, and it turned out beautifully! We were so happy with not only the look, but the taste as well. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
2/15/2009
4.6/5.0
If you're looking for a good deal with excellent service, Van's Bakery is your place. They had many designs to choose from and were able to deliver on time. We were very happy with their design and the lightness of their cake.
If you're looking for a good deal with excellent service, Van's Bakery is your place. They had many designs to choose from Read more...
If you're looking for a good deal with excellent service, Van's Bakery is your place. They had many designs to choose from and were able to deliver on time. We were very happy with their design and the lightness of their cake. Read less
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Matt
Wedding:
10/18/2008
2.6/5.0
The cake was exceptional! However, the service sucks. Initially, they quoted us a price of $200 to decorate the cake with real flowers. We decided to go with our florist to do it, and then they said that they would charge $100 because we decided to go with someone else. If we would have known that, (a) we wouldnt have book with them, or (b) we wouldnt ask for live flowers, and just ask for that later. The cake base price is all cataloged in writing, but not the add-ons.
The cake was exceptional! However, the service sucks. Initially, they quoted us a price of $200 to decorate the cake with Read more...
The cake was exceptional! However, the service sucks. Initially, they quoted us a price of $200 to decorate the cake with real flowers. We decided to go with our florist to do it, and then they said that they would charge $100 because we decided to go with someone else. If we would have known that, (a) we wouldnt have book with them, or (b) we wouldnt ask for live flowers, and just ask for that later. The cake base price is all cataloged in writing, but not the add-ons. Read less
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janetsl
Wedding:
8/16/2008
4.2/5.0
I got my cake here after my friend recommended the place to me. I loved it! My chocolate cake with fresh strawberries was so moist and tasty and for a great value. I got a four-tiered cake for $280 that fed over 200 people. They decorated my cake plain with just tiny white dots and with a ribbon around each tier since my florist did most of the decorating for the cake.

The only problem is with communication. There's only one lady that takes care of the cake department. When my fiancee and I went to her, she was already helping another couple, so we stuck around close to them to make sure she saw us. We waited for quite some time, until another couple came and grabbed her attention. I don't know if we weren't agressive enough, but I wish they had some sort of system that allows customers to get assistance according to who came first. She was very helpful when we finally got a chance to speak with her.

However, calling the bakery is very frustrating. None of the workers speak English very well, so it's hard to get answers. I felt like I had to go there to get questions answered and details finalized, which was a bit of a nuisance.
I got my cake here after my friend recommended the place to me. I loved it! My chocolate cake with fresh strawberries was Read more...
I got my cake here after my friend recommended the place to me. I loved it! My chocolate cake with fresh strawberries was so moist and tasty and for a great value. I got a four-tiered cake for $280 that fed over 200 people. They decorated my cake plain with just tiny white dots and with a ribbon around each tier since my florist did most of the decorating for the cake.

The only problem is with communication. There's only one lady that takes care of the cake department. When my fiancee and I went to her, she was already helping another couple, so we stuck around close to them to make sure she saw us. We waited for quite some time, until another couple came and grabbed her attention. I don't know if we weren't agressive enough, but I wish they had some sort of system that allows customers to get assistance according to who came first. She was very helpful when we finally got a chance to speak with her.

However, calling the bakery is very frustrating. None of the workers speak English very well, so it's hard to get answers. I felt like I had to go there to get questions answered and details finalized, which was a bit of a nuisance. Read less
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Tony'sFiance
Wedding:
8/2/2008
4.0/5.0
You just can't find a cheaper cake. WE got a 5 tier cake that serves 250 for $500, and that included flowers! The cake is excellent with great fillings. The only thing you have to be careful of is...they can be a little tacky. I wanted green hydrangea on my cake; I took in a picture and said if they couldn't get green hydrangea I wanted just white roses. I was mortified when I got to the reception and saw that the cake had died green hydrangeas on it! It looked so tacky!
You just can't find a cheaper cake. WE got a 5 tier cake that serves 250 for $500, and that included flowers! The cake is Read more...
You just can't find a cheaper cake. WE got a 5 tier cake that serves 250 for $500, and that included flowers! The cake is excellent with great fillings. The only thing you have to be careful of is...they can be a little tacky. I wanted green hydrangea on my cake; I took in a picture and said if they couldn't get green hydrangea I wanted just white roses. I was mortified when I got to the reception and saw that the cake had died green hydrangeas on it! It looked so tacky! Read less
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calibride
Wedding:
7/13/2008
4.2/5.0
we initially didn't care about taste or design - we just wanted something cheap (it's going to eaten up anyways) - so that's why we chose van's bakery. to our delight, it was not only cheap but tasty as well! the berries and cream were fresh and nothing was too sweet. some guests were sad that they couldn't get seconds. the quality of the piping wasn't perfect but, trust me, perfection really doesn't matter.
we initially didn't care about taste or design - we just wanted something cheap (it's going to eaten up anyways) - so Read more...
we initially didn't care about taste or design - we just wanted something cheap (it's going to eaten up anyways) - so that's why we chose van's bakery. to our delight, it was not only cheap but tasty as well! the berries and cream were fresh and nothing was too sweet. some guests were sad that they couldn't get seconds. the quality of the piping wasn't perfect but, trust me, perfection really doesn't matter. Read less
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Peggichu
Wedding:
5/10/2008
4.7/5.0
Van's bakery has many many beautiful cakes to choose from and they are great for people on a budget. The cake tasted great and looked great!
Van's bakery has many many beautiful cakes to choose from and they are great for people on a budget. The cake tasted great Read more...
Van's bakery has many many beautiful cakes to choose from and they are great for people on a budget. The cake tasted great and looked great! Read less
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Nina
Wedding:
12/22/2007
5.0/5.0
I love my multi-tier wedding cake! Delicious!
I love my multi-tier wedding cake! Delicious!
I love my multi-tier wedding cake! Delicious! Read less
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chobit
Wedding:
11/11/2007
3.6/5.0
The cake was delicious. We ordered mocha rum and mango cake. I love mocha rum but my husband loves mango and all our guests love the cake. Unfortunately, we requested to have half half cake so the guest got to pick whichever cake flavor they want. Their design is beautiful too.
The cake was delicious. We ordered mocha rum and mango cake. I love mocha rum but my husband loves mango and all our Read more...
The cake was delicious. We ordered mocha rum and mango cake. I love mocha rum but my husband loves mango and all our guests love the cake. Unfortunately, we requested to have half half cake so the guest got to pick whichever cake flavor they want. Their design is beautiful too. Read less
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Helen
Wedding:
1/20/2007
5.0/5.0
They make beautiful and delicious cakes. They are the best. As far as wedding cakes go, they are not expensive for what you get. We had one feeding 250 people. The cake was so elegant and regal. We went for the fresh orchid and they just popped out of the cake. They dressed the cake with the flowers like it was wearing a beautiful off to one shouder grecian dress. Our photos are lovely! Highly recommend to check them out.
They make beautiful and delicious cakes. They are the best. As far as wedding cakes go, they are not expensive for what Read more...
They make beautiful and delicious cakes. They are the best. As far as wedding cakes go, they are not expensive for what you get. We had one feeding 250 people. The cake was so elegant and regal. We went for the fresh orchid and they just popped out of the cake. They dressed the cake with the flowers like it was wearing a beautiful off to one shouder grecian dress. Our photos are lovely! Highly recommend to check them out. Read less
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LUCY
Wedding:
10/21/2006
4.8/5.0
Great tasting cake for a great price! Definitely recommend.
Great tasting cake for a great price! Definitely recommend.
Great tasting cake for a great price! Definitely recommend. Read less
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