Happy Holidays from Jenna Rae Cakes

Happy Holidays from the entire team at Jenna Rae Cakes!

Each year we celebrate our staff, their hard work and achievements, and how we’ve grown as a company at our annual Christmas Party. This year, Ashley and Trevor hosted our 23 staff members and their guests for an evening of delicious food, karaoke, our Secret Santa gift exchange and a photobooth from 6 Degrees Photobooth co.

Below you can see some of our favourite photos from the night.
Wishing you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons from all of us at Jenna Rae Cakes.

 

Best Moments of 2018

We can’t believe 2018 is already coming to an end! Does anyone else feel like time goes by a little faster each year? 2018 was a year full of fun and adventure at Jenna Rae Cakes and we are so excited to look back at some of our favourite moments with you. While so many moments stand out, and we are sure each staff member could contribute a list of their favourite moments here at JRC, below are our top moments of 2018!

 

Best Moment #1
Opening our second location at The Forks

Since opening up our first shop on Academy, we’ve been hearing people ask us if we ever planned to open a second location. While we initially thought our second location might be out-of-province, opening up a second location at The Forks in the iconic marketplace has been a dream come true! Our second location has allowed us to serve Winnipeg in the place they love to be and we are so grateful for each and every person who has supported our second location by stopping by and picking up a few treats and taking a photo with our gold JRC logo.

With the opening of our second location came the addition of more staff! We have more staff on board right now than we ever had before and it’s been wonderful to grow with a team of dedicated, hardworking and creative bakers and customer service staff who all believe in the potential of our little business.

 

 

Best Moment #2
Maggie Austin Workshop in Washington

Jenna and Ashley attended a cake decorating workshop in May with Jenna’s idol, Maggie Austin. Jenna learned many new decorating and flower techniques that she incorporated into her own wedding cake and the cakes of the happy couples she had the honour of creating cakes for throughout 2018. The inspiration from that one workshop is still going strong.

 

 

Best Moment #3
Easter Eggs

At Easter this year we launched our Chocolate Eggs! Each egg was handmade by our head baker, Jordain, and was filled with gumballs, meringues and sprinkles. Chocolate Eggs made their way back to our menu as Dragon Eggs on Harry Potter Day as well. These fun creations are now going to be a staple on the JRC menu when they fit the holiday.

 

 

 

Best Moment #4
Jenna’s Wedding

Jenna’s wedding was definitely a highlight for JRC! Her stunning cake (which we promise we will show you soon!) was a show-stopping feature at the wedding. Each guest received a custom designed 6-macaron box as their favour, and the sweets table was stacked full of sweet JRC treats and Mike and Jenna’s favourite flavour of JRC cake! The whole team really pulled together to create the sweet treats for Mike and Jenna’s guests to enjoy and the wedding was a wonderful celebration of their forever-love.

 

 

Best Moment #5
Attending OMG Dessert Goals

In October Jenna, Ashley, Trevor and Jordain headed to New York for OMG Dessert Goals! OMG Dessert Goals is a curated event filled with only the best desserts available in New York City. Our team conquered the event and, surprisingly, didn’t go into a sugar coma. This event inspired us and challenged us to push our limits on what we create and the flavours we combine. We can back to Winnipeg feeling ready to try new things!

 

 

Best Moment #6
Jenna’s Pregnancy

We are so excited to welcome another little one into our lives (and kitchen)! Jenna announced she is expecting a sweet little baby girl in 2019 and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Leo was our first ‘bakery baby’ and it has been so fun to watch him grow up surrounded by the business we’ve worked hard to create. We look forward to Jenna’s little girl joining Leo as they explore and learn the ins and outs of baking sweet treats.

 

 

Best Moment #7
A Super Secret Project

We are working on a super secret project set to launch in 2020 and we are over the moon excited to share this with you…in 2020! We’ve already begun working on this exciting project, making it a highlight for 2018. We know the suspense is hard to take so trust us when we say this project will be the answer to a lot of inquiries we receive daily.

 

 

This entire year has been a big time for growth and change at Jenna Rae Cakes. We are always working to improve the sweet treats we are putting out and grow in a sustainable way so more people can enjoy the goodies we have to offer. Thank you for your support over this past year. Our best moments are only made possible because you support us. We look forward to all that 2019 has in store (and online) for us and for you!

JRC Holiday Gift Guide

The world is in full Christmas mode with the sounds of the season in every shop you walk into, festive flavours topping every menu and people are buzzing with excitement over holiday gatherings and getting to spend time with the ones they love.

With the holiday season comes picking out the perfect gift for each person on your list. While some people hint all year to the gifts they’d love to receive, others take thoughtful consideration and time mulling through store aisles waiting for the perfect gift to jump out.

To make your holiday shopping easier, we are sharing with you our favourite local shops to pick up gifts for family and friends of all ages, the best places to get party ready for all the events you are attending, and even the best places to deck your halls if you’re hosting gatherings or purchasing a hostess gift! Take a peek below at our JRC Holiday Gift Guide.

 

 

For the Whole Family

Brittany Mahood – A photo session is a gift that will give memories for years to come. Brittany Mahood is our go-to photographer at JRC– from photographing the beautiful images you see hanging in our shop on Academy, to photographing both Ashley and Jenna’s weddings, Brittany Mahood is an incredibly talented photographer and wonderful friend.

 

Aspire Studios – If you’re looking for a place to host your next photo session, Aspire studios is the place! We use their white room every year for our annual Harry Potter Day photo and we love how great the photo spaces are.

 

Rede Meal Solutions – When Christmas leftovers aren’t quite cutting it anymore, and the business of life kicks back in after the holidays, Rede Meal Solutions is there to provide you ready-made, nutritious meals to your door. A perfect gift for anyone on the go or for a busy family!

 

The Forks – As soon as we opened up our second location in The Forks we came to love all the fun adventure The Forks has to offer for the whole family. You can eat meals that fit all the preferences of picky eaters, go outside skating at the rink or on the river trail, then come inside to warm up with cocoa or a drink at The Common. The Forks is a destination for tourists and locals alike and a gift card to enjoy in The Market is a perfect gift for anyone in your family.

 

For The Kids

West Coast Kids – West Coast Kids is the best place to grab all the things you need for babies and kids. If someone on your list is expecting or has a newborn, West Coast Kids has all the necessities and extras that make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers.

 

Kite and Kaboodle – Toys and games that are both educational and fun are what you’ll find at Kite and Kaboodle. From popular board games to toys that build the imagination, Kite and Kaboodle has fun gifts for all the kids on your list.

 

Small Jane – Small Jane’s ‘A is for Alphabet’ book is inspired by the beauty of nature and everyday adventures! If your child is learning the alphabet, this book will inspire their imagination and let them experience the wonder of the world.

 

Deck The Halls + Host/Hostess Gifts

Academy Florist – Academy Florist is sure to have the perfect wreath for your front door, garland for your staircase or mantle, or centrepiece for your table. They have festive bouquets available each day and can make custom creations specific to your needs. We’ve worked with Academy Florist since we opened and we love the work they do!

 

Coal and Canary Candle Company – Let the smell of fresh apple cider, magnificent evergreens or freshly baked treats waft through your home all season long with candles by Coal and Canary. Their wooden wicks will be the perfect background noise to your festive cheer.

 

EQ3 – Pick up a few new accent pieces or give your home a makeover in time for holiday guests with EQ3. EQ3 is a Winnipeg-born company specializing in modern design for a clean, simple, classic feel.

 

The Cheesemongers – The Cheesemongers have everything you need to give a host or hostess gift sure to impress! We love their Fromager Gift Box– a selection of 3 hand-selected kinds of cheese with 3-4 premium accompaniments. You’ll give the most delicious gift the host or hostess is sure to receive.

 

Grace and Company – A boutique shop down Academy, Grace and Company is filled with all the perfect little items that go into making a truly curated home. With gift big and small, you’ll be able to find the most exceptional pieces that will make the host or hostess gleam with joy.

 

Sugar Blossom Jewelry – A JRC favourite, a piece from Sugar Blossom Jewelry is sure to make any and every recipient smile. Stop by our shop on Academy for a full selection of Sugar Blossom jewelry or our shop at The Forks to pick up one of our signature pieces.

 

Cornelia Bean – One of our neighbours down the street of Academy, Cornelia Bean is a dream to visit. Their wide selection of in-house blended teas and fragrant and delicious coffees makes them the perfect place to pop in over the winter! Gift a flight of tea or a seasonal favourite to the person on your list chasing the hygge vibe.

 

Exceptional Experiences

The Lakehouse – A trend in gift giving the past few years has been gifting experiences and not just gifts. Give a getaway to your parents or to a friend who could benefit from a weekend away with the kids! The Lakehouse is a boutique hotel in the heart of Clear Lake. Their re-done rooms and Insta-worthy aesthetic make this place a dream to stay!

 

Sea You Swim – The holidays are fun but so is getting away to escape the cold. A new suit is a perfect gift for yourself to get excited. A gift card is a perfect gift for a friend you’re travelling with. This Winnipeg brand is one of Jenna’s favourites.

 

Pocca Poca Spa – Pocca Poca Spa is one of Winnipeg’s newest spas and is Winnipeg’s only place for Ganban-yoku. The soothing and profound warmth of Ganban-yoku provides participants with a healthful state of being both mentally and physiologically, through the use of an age-old Japanese practice. Lay on the warm stone beds and allow your body to detox. It’ll feel like you’re laying on a beach in a tropical paradise. A gift certificate for an experience is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone wishing they could get away this winter.

 

Snowflake by Prairie Love Festival – Snowflake is a one-day winter wellness festival in the heart of Winnipeg in the heart of the cold winter months. Taking place in January, this one-day event is the perfect gift for any yogi, meditation, self-development or spiritual junkie on your Christmas list.

 

Inn and The Forks – The Inn at The Forks is the perfect place for a family staycation over the winter. Stay in one of their beautiful rooms, spend time at the spa and walk over to The Forks for an afternoon of family-friendly fun. The Inn at the Forks is luxury reinvented.

 

Primp for the Party

Commonwealth Manufacturing – Commonwealth Manufacturing makes conscious clothing where each product is designed to be simple, classic and enduring, so you can freely bypass the fads and mass production that is especially apparent this time of the year. Give the gift of sustainable fashion to the ladies or gents in your life who are approaching their clothing more consciously.

 

Organic Tan – Whether you’re looking to get party ready or are gifting a tan to a friend who is going to take a winter vacation, Organic Tan gives you an all-natural spray tan that works with your skin to look natural and beautiful. Give the gift of a summer sun-kissed glow.

 

Bare Body Sugaring – Feel your most confident throughout the holiday season or as you get ready for a winter getaway! Bare Body Sugaring is our neighbour on Academy so we know all about how sugaring is safe, sanitary and less painful than wax! Pick up a gift card for a practical gift for a friend and one for yourself, too!

 

Ten Spa – Always aiming to give their clients an experience that is a perfect 10, Ten Spa offers treatments ranging from facials (which we love at JRC!), manicures and pedicures, to skin treatments and massages.  Each Ten Spa treatment has been developed from years of research at many of the world’s foremost spas, as well as hard-to-find ethnic parlours around the globe.

 

Margot + Maude – We love our neighbours on Academy! Since Margot + Maude opened, we’ve been big fans of the incredible clothing, accessories and housewares they offer. Margot + Maude offers their customers and well-curated and well-edited collection of goods with a focus on Canadian brands, Canadian designers and local makers.

 

Brows by G – Everyone is all about the brows. We’ve been supports of Giovanna since she first opened her flagship location and no one knows brows like her and her team of incredible staff. A few Brow Luxe products or a gift card for a shape and tint in a stocking or wrapped up pretty under the tree is a gift sure to make any brow fanatic filled with Christmas cheer.

 

Fingernails Are Pretty – Courtney has made a name for herself in Winnipeg in the local maker community and amongst those who love nails with creative fun and flair. Her nail designs are fun and inspired and a gift card for a manicure with her will make nail dreams come true!

 

Bob and Page – Another neighbour on Academy, Bob and Page is the perfect place to treat yourself to a hair experience. Their blow dry bar can get you party ready and you can sip on something bubbly while you get your hair done. Pamper yourself this holiday season or pick up a gift card to spread the love.

 

Ashley Tiopo Artistry – There’s always a reason to look extra special– Christmas party, New Year’s Eve, special event or unique celebration can all be worthy of a little extra boost to your natural beauty. Ashley Tiopo Artistry will enhance your already beautiful face with a look that matches your event. Pop a gift card for her services under the tree and give the gift of glam.

 

Maison Corazon – We first heard of Maison Corazon this past summer and featured the beautiful clothing Mercedes makes in a blog we posted over the summer called Brands We Love Right Now. Her colourful, playful style using bold patterns and flattering shapes with impeccable attention to detail make for handmade products we can’t get enough of! One of her iconic ‘Mystique Feminin’ printed tees would be the perfect gift under the tree!

 

Want to win yourself an epic holiday gift bag of goodies from our favourite vendors all included in this gift guide? Our The More The Merrier contest runs from Sunday, December 9th to Saturday, December 15th! What’s unique about this contest is you’ll win a prize pack for yourself and a duplicate of the exact same prize to gift to a friend! The more the merrier with Jenna Rae Cakes will be happening over Instagram so head over to feed and give us a follow to see how to enter to win!

Favourite Wedding Cakes of 2018

It’s that time of year where we look back at all the wonderful wedding cakes of 2018. Each wedding cake we have the honour to create is special in its own way. We love working with couples to create a cake that is unique to them; their style, colour palette and flavour preference! There are so many details that go into creating wedding cakes and we really enjoy being able to play a small part in seeing wedding day dreams come true.

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite wedding cakes of 2018!

 

We are starting our roundup of 2018 with a wedding cake that actually finished off 2017! We didn’t show you this cake until January of 2018 so we thought it would still make the cut for our favourites from this past year. This stunning cake was made for a Matt and Danielle. Danille is one of Jenna and Ashley’s best friends, making this cake an even more meaningful creation. This cake features all of Jenna’s signature design elements; ombre frills, gold sequin details and sugar peonies and flowers.

Matt and Danielles wedding cake 2017

Next up is a stunning black and white minimal wedding cake. This cake features a torn paper effect with white blossoms edged in black and white leaves. This cake was so different from the usual cakes Jenna has the opportunity to make, making it a memorable cake that really stands out over the past year.

This one comes as no surprise– Jenna’s wedding cake! While we can’t show you the full cake quite yet, we posted this sneak peek on our Instagram feed! Jenna really outdid herself creating this cake that featured new techniques and flowers she leared at a Maggie Austin workshop earlier in the year. Trust us when we say you will love the full cake!

This beautiful cake was a guarnateed show-stopper. It features blue watercolour painting, gold leaf tiers and eucalyptus details. The simplicity of the eucalytpus paired with the ornate detail of the gold leaf tiers and artistic watercolour work together in beautiful harmony.

Renata is a long-time customer of Jenna Rae Cakes so we were honoured when she asked us to create the wedding cake for her and Anthony’s wedding. The frill appliques and delicate roses in a soft palette made this cake perfectly romantic and dreamy for their special day. To see more photos of this cake and their entire sweets table set up visit our blog.

The final cake to round out our lineup of favourites from 2018 is s gorgeous 2-tier cake for Stef and Brett. Classic gold sequins, sugar flowers and sugar leaves in a warm palette is perfect for these cooler months. We love how this cake really shows that you don’t need 4+ tiers to create a stunning wedding cake. 2-tiers is enough to turn heads and stand out on your wedding day.

To all the happy couples who were married in 2018, we want to wish you the all the joy and happiness you could ever imagine. To all of our 2019 couples, we are so excited to work with you to create the wedding cake of your dreams. If you’re looking to work with Jenna on your wedding cake in 2019, please email hello@jennaraecakes.com with your wedding date, amount of guests you’d like to feed and include any inspiration photos you have. We will let you know if the date is available.

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