Blog Entries - 2015


Posted on: December 19, 2015
Tags: Holiday, hours
Holiday Hours! December 24th 7:30am-1pm December 25th closed December 26th closed December 31st 7:30am -4pm January 1-5 CLOSED January 6th 7:30am- read more …

12 Days of BonBonerie Christmas

Posted on: December 18, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Cincinnati, Christmas
You know how sometimes you can't get an idea out of your head? Well, this happened to one of our employees, Erin Powell. She was thinking of the 12 days of Christmas and had a fun inspiration. We think it's a cute rendition. 12 empty cases11 cakes to write read more …

Why Fezziwig?

Posted on: December 15, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, midwest, Cincinnati, Christmas
This post comes to you from our very own Kayla Moore. Kayla is attending UC and a sweet young lady that works on the counter in our bakery. We thought it would be a great fit to ask her to feature one of our new products this holiday. It's called Mrs. read more …

One of my Favorite things...

Posted on: December 9, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, midwest, Cincinnati, Christmas, cookies, tradition
One of my favorite things.   I love the images of mice at Christmas. Perhaps it’s the Nutcracker, or memories of holiday Tom and Jerry cartoons, or the sweetest mice who helped Cinderella get dressed or Snow White do her chores. In these read more …

It's a Beautiful Thing

A lot emotions swirl around us this month. Sometimes as customers are waiting in line and I am restocking the shelves, I have heard some lament the season with all the pressure it brings, while others just thrive in the flurry. It’s funny what we read more …

The month of Pie!

Posted on: November 20, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, fall, pies, midwest
November is the highlight of pie love. At the end of the celebration of Thanksgiving nothing satisfies like pie. It is usually an apple, pumpkin, sweet potato or pecan pie in this part of the country. Many years ago I had been invited to be the official pie read more …

2015 Faces of Cincinnati: The BonBonerie

Posted on: November 18, 2015
The shop’s customers have been able to see the magic from day one, viewing the talented staff baking and decorating The BonBonerie’s original recipes for cakes, cookies, and fine pastries in the exposed kitchen. The BonBonerie philosophy revels in read more …

Chocolate Mousse is Back!!

Posted on: October 19, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, cafe, midwest, Cincinnati, tradition, holidays

Chocolate mousse is back on the menu!. We make our mousse with a very classic recipe. Only 6  ingredients, you quickly become are aware of the star of the show ……the chocolate dish it sits in completes the chocolate lover’s idea of perfection.

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Lucretia's Apple Pie

Posted on: October 9, 2015

That is quite a name . Who is Lucretia? Why make her pie ?

Well the answer to all these questions is that she was my mother in law, Lou Dye. I asked her what the circumstances were of her receiving such an exotic name . She told me her mother had been reading a novel in a small West Virginian town right before she was born and her mother just found the name beautiful . It actually really suited Lou who passed away a few years ago, for she always yearned for the exotic in her travels around the world, her expertise raising and showing an exotic breed of dog called a basenji and her great joy  and appreciation of the culinary arts.

She was meticulous and artistic in all that she pursued. At an early Christmas at her home I was in awe of the egg ornaments that embellished one tree. She told me how she and her mother hand cut the opening in the front of each egg , then built piece by piece a miniature holiday themed dioroma in each one. West Virginia style Faberge… They were beautiful .

As I got to know her better and better, I began to see this exquisite  attention to detail brought to life in the pies that graced our holiday tables. Her apple pie was like no other. It was balanced to perfection with fruit, spices and sugar. The double crust was not just holding in the apples but of equal importance to the filling.“Could Lucretia please bring her apple pie to Thanksgiving and  Christmas dinner ?” would become a frequent holiday request.

For years I had my own recipe that I held dear, but soon found myself just as taken by her pie baking prowess. Yes …… I did persuade her to give me the recipe so that I could share it with all of you. After her baking days had come to a close, she took great pride in bringing friends to The Bonbonerie the month we featured Lucretia’s  Apple Pie. It made it possible for her to still share her pie with friends and family.  

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Month of Love

Posted on: October 5, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, torte, birthdays, Cincinnati, tradition, holidays
Birthday monthsIf you are born in September or October, you don’t have to go far to find someone else who shares your birthday. Over the years we have noticed a pattern and came to a few conclusions.Who doesn’t feel a sense of warmth and affection read more …

Yelp Event

Posted on: September 25, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, cafe, midwest, torte, birthdays, Cincinnati, classes
Our Yelp elites got a once in a lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes at THE one and only The Bonbonerie to see how they make their legendary Opera Cream Cake from start to finish. Check out all the five star reviews read more …

Best and most Fun Assistant

Posted on: September 23, 2015
Tags: Holiday, midwest, torte, birthdays, Cincinnati, tradition
My niece turned 40 today. I can remember everything about her birth and childhood. She is my older sister’s first child and the first baby I really ever met. I was crazy about her and tried to get my sister to let her spend as much time as possible with read more …

Great Surprise

Posted on: September 16, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, cafe, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati, Art
There are only two times when someone wrote a poem for me. The first was when I was a clerk at a wonderful shop called Tawana Imports on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. It was owned by a most interesting couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bickler. Mrs. Bickler’s previous read more …

A Secret Garden

Posted on: September 8, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Events, fall, cafe, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati
The Playhouse in the Park is presenting A Secret Garden. On Sunday we presented an Afternoon Tea experience that preceded the matinee. We will continue to offer afternoon tea before all the future Saturday and Sunday matinees through its entire run.It's read more …

Closed September 7th

Posted on: September 7, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday

In observance of Labor Day we will be closed on Monday September 7th. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday at 7:30 am.

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Worth The Effort

Posted on: September 2, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Events, august, midwest, Cincinnati, Weddings, Art
I have a girlfriend from college. We were only roommates for a year, but we remained friends since. She and her husband are artists and have lived a most creative life. He was a glass blower, she a printmaker and later worked in collage. They moved to house read more …

Coney Island??

Posted on: August 18, 2015
Tags: august, cafe, midwest, torte, Cincinnati, tradition
Today Erin Powell, one of our service people at the counter , had a customer  inquire if there was a story behind the Coney Island heart cookie. She had ordered many dozen of them for a party she was throwing. It made me smile to think that someone was read more …

You may faint...

Posted on: July 18, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, Cincinnati, tradition
Tiramisu ….. People swoon over the idea. But I do believe that our tiramisu may make you faint. In Italy, it is a compliment to say something tastes exactly as it was made 100 years ago. No changes, no personal inspiration. In this instance I think read more …


Posted on: July 15, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, Cincinnati, tradition
 What’s a jimmy jam? Sometimes I’ll get  my inspiration for desserts at The BonBonerie from  the memory of the pleasure of the simplest desserts from childhood . I used to seek out  a beautiful creation called a jim jam when read more …

Do you blame me?

Posted on: July 6, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Events, cafe, midwest, brunch, Cincinnati, tradition
            A month or so ago an article was written in an Eastside publication about Carol Coors. I discovered a lot about Mrs. Coors after I read that article that I did not know. To me she was simply the mother of one of read more …

Closed Today July 4th!

Posted on: July 4, 2015

In Celebration of Independence Day, we will be closed today! Please enjoy this time with family and friends. We will see you on Monday!

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Guest Baker

Posted on: June 16, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, cafe, midwest, torte, birthdays, Cincinnati, Art
Guest Chef   Today I was bustling around upstairs in the bakery. When the seasons change it is my joy and job to decorate the store. I enjoy doing it and I think it matters to create the right environment to enjoy pastries. All the work that our bakers read more …

Where did the Opera Cream come from?

Posted on: June 14, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, midwest, torte, Cincinnati, hours
The Opera Cream    People have often asked me where the inspiration and recipe for the opera cream cake came from. It is such an iconic part of our bakery. It’s a bit of a long story that starts with my Dad. My Dad died when he was 48 and I read more …

What is a French Macaron?

Posted on: June 11, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, cafe, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati, tradition
What exactly is a French Macaron you say? They are little pieces of heaven! Known to be a French staple and can be found at most Patisseries. Here, in the U.S. they continue to grow in popularity. Many bakeries in Cincinnati are now adding them to their read more …

Make a Memory

Posted on: June 1, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, cafe, midwest, brunch, Cincinnati, tradition
I romanticize about summer. Picnics were one my favorite things to think about even though as a child we hardly went on any. When visiting my grandparents in Florida, however, we actually did enjoy picnics most days that we went to the beach. It was simple read more …

Closed Monday May 25, 2015

Posted on: May 22, 2015

In observation of Memorial Day we will be closed Monday May 25, 2015. We will re-open on Tuesday the 26th at 7:30 am.

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Thanks Mom

Posted on: May 10, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, midwest, brunch, torte, afternoon tea, Cincinnati
I want to share with you a very beautiful thing that my mother has done for me. She not only loved beautiful dishes but she also served special meals throughout the year for family and friends on that same Bavarian china. The entire place setting was moonlike read more …

I Love Lemon!!!

Posted on: May 4, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, pies, cafe, midwest, torte, Cincinnati, tradition
Whenever someone mentions dessert and one of the words is lemon, my Mom always says the same thing, “I love lemon!”  Everyone who works at The BonBonerie can probably verify that. As a child growing up in Scarsdale New York, she told me read more …

It's Derby Time!!

Posted on: May 1, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, midwest, Cincinnati

Stop by to pick up a Racehorse pie for the Derby! Delicious, buttery and loaded with chocolate chips, pecans....and of course Bourbon!!

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Thank You!!!

Posted on: April 21, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Events

Thank you City Beat Readers for awarding us with Best Bakery, Best Desserts Retail, Best Bakery (neighborhood). This award is voted on by the readers. Which is why we are so thankful. We love getting the opportunity to be a part of so many special memories for people. Thank you for choosing us!

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Has it really been 32 years??

Posted on: April 10, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, pies, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati, tradition, Art
Did you know that April is the month of our 32nd Anniversary? So, in order to celebrate with you we will be having some special pricing for walk-in customers on the following days:Friday April 3rd all slices of cake will be $3.32.Monday April 13th all of our read more …

16 Reasons I Love Easter

Posted on: April 5, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, midwest, Cincinnati, tradition
It has always been my favorite holiday.   It always means spring, no matter what date it falls on. Easter egg hunts, which I have coerced my 22 year old son to still hunt for the eggs I hid when he came home from college. Coloring hard boiled eggs read more …

The Beauty & Joy of Pastries

Posted on: March 25, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati, Tea Party, Art
The other day I was passing behind the counter at the bakery. A customer, who I did not know, asked me if I would be interested in what she had in a manila envelope in her hand. I said I was curious and would love to. She proceeded to reach into the envelope read more …

Join us for Tea!!

Posted on: March 23, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, cafe, midwest, brunch, afternoon tea, Cincinnati, tradition

Join us in Celebrating Mothers, Daughters and Tea enthusiasts alike! The Cincinnati Flower Show will be hosting an English Tea on April 19th. Follow the link for more details or to reserve your spot!

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Spring is almost Here!

Posted on: March 19, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, cafe, midwest, torte, Cincinnati, Art

Our master decorator ,Debra, is putting the finishing touches on a spring party cake. Doesn't spring give us the most beautiful flowers and whimsical bugs?
Imagine a smaller version as a centerpiece for a christening or shower.

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St. Patrick's Day Memories

Posted on: March 17, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, midwest, Cincinnati, holidays
My Mother taught first and second grade at St. Vivians School for 26 years. My father died when she was only 47.The other teachers and administrators were like sisters to her. Every year on Saint Patricks Day, she would put on a great celebration for them at read more …

The Sampler

Posted on: March 11, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, midwest, Cincinnati, tradition, Art
Many Years ago, I was walking in my grandparents neighborhood in Florida and found a hand-stitched sampler that was discarded in the trash. The sentiment stitched into the cloth was just exactly how I have always felt about having a cup of tea with a friend. read more …

Driving Us Crazy!!

Posted on: March 5, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, cookies

This peanut butter cookie is driving people crazy. A gluten free addition to our repertoire, none ou us can eat just one.

Chewy, sweet peanut buttery …………irresistable.

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The Art of Food

Posted on: March 1, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest, birthdays, Cincinnati, tradition, Art Show
The idea of the Art of Food Event at The Carnegie Arts Center in Covington started in the mind of Bill Seitz about 10 years ago. I had never met Bill,who was the director of the arts center at that time. He called me at the BonBonerie and asked if he might read more …

Up to something??

Posted on: February 26, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, cafe, midwest, brunch, afternoon tea, Cincinnati
Jess, Mandy and Dee Dee are up to something new in our cafe. They have come up with some fantastic items for our menu. Beginning with a house made veggie burger on our brioche bun. Try their new delicate split pea soup or maybe you would enjoy one of our new read more …

Cafe Closed Today 2/18/15

Posted on: February 18, 2015

The BonBonerie Cafe is closed today due to water damage. We hope to be open tomorrow at 2pm. Please call before you come. Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause!

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Closing Early 2-16-15

Posted on: February 16, 2015

We will be closing the bakery and Cafe at 2pm today due to the weather. Please drive safely!

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Cookies for Your Loved Ones

Posted on: February 3, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, midwest, Cincinnati, cookies

Did you know that we can ship our beautiful & delicious butter cookies across the U.S.? Give us a call and we can send some to your loved ones away on business, in school or a secret admirer.

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Celebration of Optimism

Posted on: February 2, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, cafe, midwest, torte, Cincinnati
I think Valentine’s Day is a celebration of optimism. Not just for the possibility of love, but of life. I see the vague glow of pink and red coming from an aisle in my local pharmacy or grocery store and I can’t resist taking a walk over there read more …

Catalysts of fun!

Posted on: January 31, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Holiday, Events, midwest, birthdays, Cincinnati, tradition
My birthday is in January. This is a picture of the birthday cake one of my good friends baked for me. Almost everyone thinks that I wouldn’t want a cake for my birthday. But oh what a wonderful surprise I had when she brought in a luscious banana cake read more …

What's behind a name?

Posted on: January 29, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, midwest, Cincinnati, tradition, holidays
Did you ever wonder where some of the names came for some of our pastries? Well the wind cookie is one of my favorites . My Aunt Rea used to cook for St. Lawrence school in Price Hill. A function of her job was to use every part part of every bit of food. So read more …

2015 ...Anything but dull

Posted on: January 1, 2015
Tags: Monthly News, Events, midwest, afternoon tea, Cincinnati, tradition, holidays, classes
January is exciting!!.I love the idea of beginning anew as the clock strikes midnight. The cold temperature and dark skies ofCincinnatihelp me to look inward to plan for the upcoming year. As a baker and a pastry chef the cold temperatures only encourage more read more …