Have You Seen Our Boobs?

Have you seen our boobs?

Each month, Jenna Rae Cakes will be selecting a cause our community is passionate about to support. For October, we are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and donating $1 from the purchase of every boob macaron to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

Our boob macarons come in 4 different skin-tone shades and the flavours alternate each week! So far this month, we’ve featured Cotton Candy and Birthday Cake Batter. This week, our Boob Macarons are Salted Caramel making them a great gluten-less treat that supports a great cause! Keep an eye on our Instagram stories to see which popular flavour we will have next week.

Available at both locations each day we are open, $1 from every macaron sold will be donated to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, where 100% of the funds raised stay in Manitoba. CancerCare Manitoba Foundation helps patients and their families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. All funds raised by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation stay in Manitoba and more than $125 million has bee granted since 2000 for patient care, support and research. The macarons will raise awareness and the donation will help make a tangible difference.

Swing by one of our shops and enjoy macarons that make a difference in the lives of those affected by Breast Cancer.

The Forks
Daily | 10 am – 9 pm

Academy
Tuesday – Thursday | noon – 6 pm
Friday + Saturday | 10 am – 6 pm

Jenna and Ashley’s Tips For A Great Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, we checked in with Jenna and Ashley to find out what their tips are for a great Thanksgiving celebration! Take a read below to find out Jenna and Ashley prepare for gatherings with their friends and family and keep reading right until the end for a sweet surprise!

 

Tip 1: Flowers

I always start with the flowers! Chat with your florist (we love Heather from Academy Florist) about the size you want your arrangement to be, and the colours you’d like to use. You’ll also need to set a budget at this point. I usually ask for something narrow and low, since you want to chat with your dinner guests and not be too crowded at the table! If the budget allows, I also like to add a little “something” to each place setting, like a floral wreath or a little bouquet of flowers for each guest to take home.

 

Tip 2: Place Settings

EQ3 is one of my favourite stores, and I’ve outfitted my home with quite a few pieces of theirs! My favourite piece for fall is their Onyx serving platter, which I used as chargers in our Thanksgiving Shoot this year. They’re insanely pretty and I plan to use the one I bought as a serving platter. EQ3’s Sienna Stoneware is gorgeous and has a handmade feel to it. Jenna owns a complete set and loves it!

 

Tip 3: Dessert

We’re usually in charge of dessert for our Thanksgiving Dinner (shocker!) and we’ve been bringing a Pumpkin Spice Cake and a Party Platter consistently for the last few years. They never disappoint and provide a great variety of treats for guests. We always bring a few Cookie Dough Cups as well for our sister who is vegan!

 

We’re going to be giving away everything you need to set the table this Thanksgiving over on our Instagram feed! You’ll be able to curate a Pinterest-worthy tablescape for your home that will warmly welcome your guests and leave a lasting impression even after the pumpkin pie is done!

What you’ll win:
– $300 gift card to EQ3 to select your own dreamy tableware
– $100 gift card to Academy Florist for stunning florals
– $100 gift card to Jenna Rae Cakes for sweet treats everyone will love

Head over to our Instagram Feed to enter our contest!

Wish You Were Here!

When the ones we love move away, the holidays can be challenging. The empty seat at the table reminds of when they were around to share in our laughter, our meals and our gratitude during Thanksgiving.

Let those you love know you have been thinking of them and wish they were here by having our 12-macaron gift box delivered straight to their door.

Each 12-macaron gift box is filled with an assortment of delicious fall-inspired flavours including Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cinnamon Bun and Banana Bread along with JRC favourites of Salted Caramel, Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Cup. Add in our ‘thinking of you’ greeting card with a personalized message from you to them and they’ll be calling you expressing how they, too, wish they could be with you over Thanksgiving.

12-macaron gift boxes ship out on Tuesday each week so be sure to order by Monday, October 7th so your loved one will receive their macarons before Thanksgiving arrives, showing you were thinking of them well in advance and wish they could be there. Who knows, maybe the arrival of delicious, chewy macarons on their doorstep in the days leading up to Thanksgiving will encourage them to hop in their car, jump on a train or buy a plane ticket and they’ll surprise YOU at your door on Thanksgiving.

Click here to see our 12-macaron gift boxes and place your order to send your loved ones across Canada a sweet treat.

Thanksgiving Pre-Orders Are Here!

The nights have been cool, the leaves are already golden and pumpkin spice has made its way into our lives at every turn. It’s safe to say that Autumn is here.

 

When Autumn arrives, it signals the coming of our holiday season which kicks off in October with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to connect with family and friends and express our gratitude for all we have. After busy summers and settling back into routines in September, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather around a table and reconnect with those we love most.

 

Keep your guests around the table longer by serving sweet treats from Jenna Rae Cakes for dessert! Conversations will flow, guests will indulge in delicious desserts and you’ll have the happiest Thanksgiving yet. Take a look below at all of our delicious items available for Pre-Order, then place your Pre-Order by visiting our online shop!

 

 

MACARON SLEEVES

 

Macarons are one of our most popular items due to their beautiful look, delicious taste and chewy texture. Our beautiful, signature gold foil gift boxes will be packed with tasty macarons from our fall flavour line. Available in gift boxes of 6 or 12.

Shop Thanksgiving Macaron Sleeves

 

 

TREAT PLATTERS

 

Our Party Platters are sure to be the hit of the party! Our Assorted Treat Party Platter feeds around 15 people and includes an assortment of macarons, mini cookie sandwiches, covered Oreos, bites and mini meringues. Our assorted treat platter includes your favourite JRC treats in festive, fall and signature flavours. These gold platters come ready to serve and are tied up a Jenna Rae Cakes bow.

Shop Thanksgiving Treat Platters

 

 

CELEBRATION CUPCAKES

 

A classic crowd-pleaser, cupcakes are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving celebration. Our celebration cupcakes will be in a variety of our fall flavours and are topped with an assortment of macarons, meringues and sugar leaves. Each set also comes with an edible greeting disc which reads “Happy Thanksgiving” – the perfect dessert that’s easy to share and take to your celebration!

Shop Thanksgiving Celebration Cupcakes

 

Thanksgiving Pre-Orders are now open and will close on Wednesday, October 9th.

Thanksgiving Pre-Orders are available for pick up on the following dates:
Friday, October 11th from 10am – 6pm
Saturday, October 12th from 10am – 6pm
Sunday, October 13th from 10am – 2pm

 

THANKSGIVING CAKES

 

A limited quantity of our Thanksgiving cakes will be available to reserve on Tuesday, October 8th. Please call our shop on Academy at 1-204-691-4222 to reserve one of the available cakes.

 

Available in 4 mouth-watering flavours, our Thanksgiving Cake features a stunning painted buttercream design in autumn-inspired colours of dusty rose and pumpkin orange and is topped with a delicious assortment of macarons, meringues and gumballs in a coordinating colour palette. Each cake features a “Happy Thanksgiving” greeting tag! The perfect sweet end to your Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Flavours available will be Chocolate Lovers, Vanilla, Pumpkin Cream Cheese or Red Velvet.

6″ = ~10 Servings | $65

8″ = ~20 Servings | $85

10″ = ~30 Servings | $115

 

Cakes can be reserved to be picked up on one of the following dates:
Friday, October 11th from 10am – 6pm
Saturday, October 12th from 10am – 6pm
Sunday, October 13th from 10am – 2pm

 

 

We are so honoured to be a part of your Thanksgiving celebrations and we look forward to hearing how our sweet treats made your Thanksgiving even sweeter.

Say it with JRC

“Thank you!”

“I love you”

“I’m here for you”

“You’re the best!”

No matter what you need to say, we can help you send your greetings in a beautifully designed card that will make the recipient feel your warm wishes.

The Jenna Rae Cakes line of greeting cards are designed to be perfectly suited to any sentiment you need to send out to friends, family your co-workers or peers. Need to send a thank-you card? Our “Peace” card featuring a gold foil hand giving a peace sign would be wonderful. Want to send well wishes to someone who needs a pick-me-up? Our “Thinking of You” card will show your care.

 

With additional sentiments including “Time To Party!”, “Happy Birthday” and “Congratulations”, we have a card that will be ready the next time you need to send one with care to someone.

Click HERE to browse our entire line of Greeting Cards. Greeting Cards are available at our locations at The Forks and Academy and are also available to purchase online for shipping to anywhere across Canada!

 

Join Our Team of Bakers

We are getting ready for a busy fall and winter season which means we are hiring a full-time baker and part-time baker to join our tight-knit crew of hardworking bakers who bring all of our sweet treats to life!

 

Candidate Profile Summary
We are looking for someone with passion, and experience, for creating high quality baked goods under time and space constraints with a commitment to consistency and detail work. The ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic, be a team player that works hard and continually goes above and beyond the basic requirements that will improve the bakery, and can positively solve problems. Jenna Rae Cakes offers benefits and competitive wages.

 

Duties and Responsibilities
– Hard-working and efficient
– Detail Oriented
– Hand piping experience an asset
– Strong work ethic
– Team player and problem solver

 

Credentials and Experience
– Pastry Arts diploma or equivalent education favoured, but not required
– Experience in a bakery/kitchen setting required
– Experience with high volume production of piped goods an asset

 

Sound like the job for you?
All qualified applicants are welcome to apply via email to jordain@jennaraecakes.com. Applicants must submit 1 email only containing cover letter, resume and portfolio (no larger than 2mg per attachment). While we graciously thank all individuals for applying, only successful applicants will be selected for an interview.

It’s Fall at JRC

The summer sun has given way to the golden leaves of fall. The cooler temperatures leave us seeking warmth from blankets, scarves, bonfires and foods full of spices like cinnamon and especially pumpkin! Our fall menu at The Forks includes signature and seasonal flavours you’ll be sure to fall in love with!

 

Macarons

Salted Caramel
Cotton Candy
Cookie Dough
Vanilla Sprinkle
Birthday Cake
Pistachio
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Peanut Butter Cup
Cinnamon Bun
Fuzzy Peach
Earl Grey
Brownie Batter

 

Cookie Dough Cups

S’mores
Pumpkin Spice
Chocolate Chip (vegan-friendly)

 

Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean
Red Velvet
Chocolate Lovers

The three cupcake flavours above will be available daily at The Forks, as well as a gluten-less cupcake. The remaining flavours will rotate. Check our daily menu on our Instagram stories to see which flavours we have the day you’d like to stop by.

 

Cookie Sandwiches

Our Cookie Sandwiches rotate daily but expect to see delicious fall favourites on our menu including Pumpkin Spice, Apple Pie, Ginger Crinkle, S’mores, Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie Shortbread!

 

Our shop at The Forks is located on the second floor above The Common and is open daily from 10 am – 9 pm for all of your sweet treat desires! Come by for a visit and enjoy some of our new, fall-inspired treats!

Final Taste of Summer Theme Day

Summer is on its way out and whether you’re excitedly anticipating autumn or holding onto the last moments of summer, we have a theme day that will be the final farewell to summer that will make you reminisce about the hot days, warm nights and fun had over the past couple of months here in Winnipeg. From Folklorama to heading to the cabin, celebrating Canada Day to taking in the amazing music at Folk Fest, summers in and around Winnipeg are filled with fun and enjoying every single moment. As a sweet ‘until next year’ celebration of summer, we are bringing you a Final Taste of Summer Theme Day taking place on Saturday, August 31st at our shop on Academy Road.

 

Let’s take a look at all the mouth-watering flavours that will take you back to your favourite summer memories as one final salute to the summer we all love and cherish so dearly.

Showcasing cupcakes for our Taste of Summer 2019 theme day

CUPCAKES

Banana split
S’mores
Drumstick
Strawberry Lemonade
Firecracker popsicle
Rose Sangria
Burger Savoury Muffin – Nuburger beef, bacon and herb mayo, pickles,  and house-made cheese sauce!

 

 

MACARONS

Salted Caramel
Cotton Candy
Key Lime Pie
Margarita
Chips and Dip
Smirnoff Ice
Watermelon
Hot Fudge Sundae
Orange Creamsicle

 

 

SPECIALTY MACARONS

Taco Macarons!  We will have a limited number of taco macarons available so come early to avoid disappointment!

 

 

COOKIE SANDWICHES

S’mores Brownie Cookie
Banana Split Sugar Cookie
Trail Mix Monster Cookie
Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie
Toffee Salted Caramel Sugar Cookie

 

 

PARTY SQUARE

“Everything But The Kitchen Sink” – everything sweet and salty made into one ridiculously delicious treat.

 

 

CREAM PUFFS

S’mores
Bubble Tea
Taco Dip
Flamingo Vanilla

 

 

LAST CHANCE TREATS
Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

 

Our Final Taste of Summer theme day is happening on Saturday, August 31st from 10am until 6pm! Come early to avoid missing out on any of your favourite summer flavours. We can’t wait to celebrate summer with you this weekend!

We are hiring!

Jenna Rae Cakes is hiring a full-time position at our location in The Forks! This is a unique position as we hope to find someone is the perfect fit for our team. Keep reading below for details on the position and how to apply!

Position:

Full-Time Front of House at our Forks location

About The Position:

The Forks has renewed energy with the addition of The Common and other main-floor shops in this iconic Winnipeg location. Our shop is located on the second floor, where the environment is more relaxed and busyness comes in waves. We are looking for a hard-working, dedicated individual who is passionate about the customer service industry and is willing to drop everything to go above and beyond to help a customer, while also being content during the slower times of the day to keep themselves busy while maintaining a professional demeanour.

This job will come with downtime during your shift where you are still expected to help all customers as they come by. During downtime, you will be allowed to fill your time with reading, sketching, etc. Books and notebooks will be allowed. Spending time on your cell phone or on a laptop is not.

This position is full-time days, Monday through Friday and comes with a competitive wage and benefits.  We hope that the successful candidate will become a long-term member of the Jenna Rae Cakes team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Uses communication skills to build strong relationships with customers
-Ensures that every customer is served in a friendly, polite, and prompt manner
-Handles customer needs and concerns with professionalism
-Ensures that the cooler is fully stocked, and presented in an aesthetically pleasing and organized manner to visual guides
-Ensures the storefront is always clean and presented in the highest company standard
-Takes part in opening/closing duties
-Takes part in additional cleaning/duties

Credentials and Experience: 

1+ years in a customer service driven job.

How to Apply:

Email syd@jennaraecakes.com with a cover letter and resume ASAP. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

 

Bakery Business 101: Packaging

 

When we first started sourcing the packaging that happy customers would take home their treats in, there was one thing we knew for sure– the packaging had to be ‘on brand’. When we say ‘on brand’, we mean that we were going to intentional about the packaging choices we were making so that the packaging would be an extension of the in-store, and social media, experience.

 

An ‘on brand’ packaging experience was important to us because of the hard work the entire JRC team puts into creating the products that you sell, creating a welcoming atmosphere in our shops and keeping an engaged presence on social media. We try to make every last detail in those areas as close to perfect as possible and the idea of having packaging that didn’t match what we were doing would put a damper on the customer experience. Now, when a customer comes to our shop, even the box their product comes is in Instagram worthy. The packaging itself continues the store experience into their homes.

 

One of the main factors our ‘on brand’ packaging stands out is the custom design. Ashley takes every design project for Jenna Rae Cakes very seriously and has been since the very beginning when she first crafted some basic branding for Jenna’s side cake business. When Ashley custom designs each and every packaging material, from tissues to macaron boxes, she is putting the heart and soul of Jenna Rae Cakes into every little flourish.

 

We are often asked about some of the places we source our packaging so today we are sharing some of our favourite places we source our packaging from. These are the products we are asked about most often and we hope the companies below are a great resource for you and your business.

 

Macaron sleeves – Georgette Packaging

We love Georgette Packaging— especially for our custom macaron sleeves. We have custom macaron sleeves printed for major holidays and having a supplier who you’ve loved working with for years is always nice for bringing your holiday designs to life.

 

Tissue – Noissue

Finding a place who would make custom tissue paper for our boxes was an adventure. When we found Noissue, we fell in love with being able to create custom printed tissue paper. No longer did we need to use plain tissue but could now apply our branded design to the tissue that lines our boxes.

 

Acrylic Boxes – Uline

Those little 2x2x2 acrylic boxes have always begged the question, ‘where do you find those?’. The answer might surprise you! For such cute packaging, Uline is your standard shipping supply store.

 

Acrylic Cake Boxes – Paper Mart

When we first showcased our 4″ Valentine’s Day Cakes for Two on Instagram, one of the most popular questions was ‘where are those boxes from!?’. People loved these and anytime we post an image where a cute cake is in one of the boxes, people start DMing. The answer is Paper Mart, where a quick browse of their website will leave you spending hours looking at all of the beautiful products they have available.

 

Cupcake Boxes – Friesens

Our custom printed cupcake boxes are printed by Friesens. We’ve made many additions to our cupcake boxes over the years, including the addition of patterns to the box, locations and cake instructions. Friesens has been a joy to work with, plus, we love that they are a Manitoba company.

 

With all the attention to detail to sourcing and designing our custom packaging, we love seeing customers reuse their pink boxes, macaron sleeves, and acrylic boxes. All of our boxes are lined with tissue paper so the box itself can stay free from buttercream smears and cookie crumbs, making it reusable. We love when customers bring back their boxes into our shops to be refilled with their daily treat selection. We also love seeing how you repurpose your packaging once you’re home. Small acrylic boxes can hold little treasures you wish to display or treats you’d like to share with others and macaron sleeves can be repurposed into jewelry boxes or as organizers in your bathroom drawers. The possibilities are endless when you aim to reuse what you have.

Finding great packaging that you can customize to match your brand can be a lot of work but it is 100% worth it by the enhancement of the customer experience. We recommend starting slow with what you can afford, and adding custom packaging when you can. We had standard pink tissue paper up until about a year ago when we made the switch to custom printed tissue paper. Just remember to stay ‘on brand’, keeping the colours in line with your branded colour palette and ensuring your spending money on the packaging that will really leave an impact on your customers.

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