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Van's Bakery

San Gabriel , CA

LOCATION

860 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776 US

PHONE

626-288-7272
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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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pamandkevin2009
Wedding:
3/8/2009
4.0/5.0
Not bad. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. The selections are pretty good. But let me tell you something-- the taste is perfect for Asians. Not too sweet, just right! The problem with most vendors is they overload the cake with sugar, and most of us Asians just hate those overly sugar coated cakes. But Van's Bakery is just about right. One thing to note is that they have different costs depending on whether you choose to get flowers from them or from your own flower vendor. We used our own flower vendor because of what others have said about Van's flowers. Also, make sure to return the pedestals and other things or else they'll actually charge you. Overall, quick, easy, simple, and the taste is perfect for Asian taste-buds. I'd recommend.
Not bad. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. The selections are pretty good. But let me tell you Read more...
Not bad. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. The selections are pretty good. But let me tell you something-- the taste is perfect for Asians. Not too sweet, just right! The problem with most vendors is they overload the cake with sugar, and most of us Asians just hate those overly sugar coated cakes. But Van's Bakery is just about right. One thing to note is that they have different costs depending on whether you choose to get flowers from them or from your own flower vendor. We used our own flower vendor because of what others have said about Van's flowers. Also, make sure to return the pedestals and other things or else they'll actually charge you. Overall, quick, easy, simple, and the taste is perfect for Asian taste-buds. I'd recommend. Read less
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Moldofsky
Wedding:
2/15/2009
4.0/5.0
Van's bakery was very affordable and had many designs. We chose their strawberry cake and it was perfect since we had so much to eat at dinner.
Van's bakery was very affordable and had many designs. We chose their strawberry cake and it was perfect since we had so Read more...
Van's bakery was very affordable and had many designs. We chose their strawberry cake and it was perfect since we had so much to eat at dinner. Read less
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cchang1215
Wedding:
2/6/2008
4.0/5.0
Can't compete with their pricing even though their service is a little lacking. Cake wasn't the top on my list so I went buget friendly on this item. I was plesantly surprise by the look of the cake day of and the cake tasted great.
Can't compete with their pricing even though their service is a little lacking. Cake wasn't the top on my list so I went Read more...
Can't compete with their pricing even though their service is a little lacking. Cake wasn't the top on my list so I went buget friendly on this item. I was plesantly surprise by the look of the cake day of and the cake tasted great. Read less
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greeniemoo
Wedding:
6/24/2007
5.0/5.0
Our cake from Vans was both beautiful and super delectable. We gave Vans a picture of what we are looking for, and they far exceeded our expectation. The cake was absolutely gorgeous! We got taro and mango flavors, but we ended up with taro and mocha flavors instead. But the mocha tasted just fine (but the taro was divine). I enjoyed the cake so much that I kept taking bites during the cake cutting. Our cake was a 3-tier cake for $240. Divine. Email me for pics they did a wonderful job on the cake!
Our cake from Vans was both beautiful and super delectable. We gave Vans a picture of what we are looking for, and they Read more...
Our cake from Vans was both beautiful and super delectable. We gave Vans a picture of what we are looking for, and they far exceeded our expectation. The cake was absolutely gorgeous! We got taro and mango flavors, but we ended up with taro and mocha flavors instead. But the mocha tasted just fine (but the taro was divine). I enjoyed the cake so much that I kept taking bites during the cake cutting. Our cake was a 3-tier cake for $240. Divine. Email me for pics they did a wonderful job on the cake! Read less
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misslaw
Wedding:
6/23/2007
4.0/5.0
I ordered a 3 tier cake in 3 different flavors. For 150 ppl, it was $200 with a $50 delivery charge(since they were so far from my reception site). All my guests raved about the cake, they were actually taking seconds from other tables, so some people came back to empty tables with no cake! They speak decent English, showed up on time, and were able to create my simple, elegant cake based on a picture. Note: My florist (Judy Anne Flowers) decorated the cake with the orchids. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/173/376563606_ac5130a038_m.jpg http://farm1.static.flickr.com/140/376554035_9ef2769ae5_m.jpg
I ordered a 3 tier cake in 3 different flavors. For 150 ppl, it was $200 with a $50 delivery charge(since they were so far Read more...
I ordered a 3 tier cake in 3 different flavors. For 150 ppl, it was $200 with a $50 delivery charge(since they were so far from my reception site). All my guests raved about the cake, they were actually taking seconds from other tables, so some people came back to empty tables with no cake! They speak decent English, showed up on time, and were able to create my simple, elegant cake based on a picture. Note: My florist (Judy Anne Flowers) decorated the cake with the orchids. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/173/376563606_ac5130a038_m.jpg http://farm1.static.flickr.com/140/376554035_9ef2769ae5_m.jpg Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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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