How We Are Keeping Busy Indoors

As we all spend more time indoors, we are looking for fun and creative ways to keep ourselves, and even our little ones, engaged and having fun. Group activities, dinner parties and other gatherings may be cancelled but we are finding ways to keep ourselves and our families entertained and having fun. Here’s what you can find team JRC doing while we have fun social distancing.

 

Baking

“We made banana bread, and spend a lot of our time cooking, trying to work from home with 2 kids, and playing “balloon”, where Leo and I/Trev keep a balloon in the air as long as we can. So far our top score is 78 hits! I’m also making a scavenger hunt for Leo to find a Hot Chocolate Bomb” – Ashley

 

Picture below is our Jenna Rae Cakes Banana Bread Party Square recipe. We can’t share it quite yet due to something really exciting coming later this year! We’ll let your imagination fill in the blank!

Learning a New Language

“I am going to start quilting a baby blanket for my friend who just had a baby. I’ve had the fabric before he was born but never had the time to make it, so I guess it’s the time! I started a free language course on coursera.org to learn a new language. I use the app Houseparty to video chat with my friends and play quick games together. Doing free Zumba classes on Instagram LIVE with my favourite instructors. Baking whatever I’m craving and giving it to my family and leaving the rest at my friends’ doorstep.” – Amirah

 

PVR Catch Up

“Honestly! My fav thing to do at home is watching my million pvr’d shows (always behind full seasons of shows) and let the commercials run so I can clean my house during them! It kind of makes it a fun game. We also just added a new puppy, Pepper, into the furry fam so he has been keeping us super busy in quarantine!” – Rebecca

Colouring Books

“I love working on colouring books. It makes me relax and become creative. My favourite is the enchanted forest by Johanna Basford.” – Beatriz

 

Napping Anytime

“Catching up on things that needed to be done, finally doing a puzzle we’ve had for years, walking our dog Molly, reading new books, and napping anytime we feel like it (nothing stopping us now!).” – Jordain

 

Cooking + Baking

“One of my favourite things to do is bake & cook always trying new recipes!” – Leah

 

“I’ve been cooking and baking a lot! Both my parents are super busy with work right now, so I’m in charge of making all the meals for our family of 6! I absolutely love to cook/bake so I was more than happy to help out! I really miss JRC so I decided to make mini egg macarons, cookie sandwiches and edible cotton candy cookie dough with our signature flavouring!” – Kaitlyn

Settling In

“I’ve mostly been unboxing/organizing/cleaning every room in our new house … finally lol and watching A LOT of movies!” – Taylor

 

Picking Up Old Hobbies

“I’ve been practicing piano, ukulele and singing a lot! It’s nice to revisit hobbies you don’t get to do so often. Plus, you feel so accomplished when you nail a song!” – Noah

 

Organizing + Crafting

“I’ve been passing the time going through boxes of art supplies that I’ve had in storage. I’ve moved 8 times since my School of art days, so I can finally take the time to unpack my hoarded projects and finish some. Starting with a bookbinding technique that I wanted to try out!” – Jana

Team JRC is doing our part to flatten the curve by staying home and finding fun ways to pass the time and we hope you are, too! We are all in this together.

See You Soon, Winnipeg

A note from Jenna, Ashley and Trevor:

 

These last few days have felt surreal, to say the least. On Saturday, March 28th, Jenna Rae Cakes will be celebrating its sixth birthday. It is heartbreaking to know that we won’t be able to celebrate it with the staff, friends, families, and customers, who have enabled us to succeed over these past six years. Instead of celebrating, it is with incredibly heavy hearts that we announce our decision to temporarily close the doors to our Academy location as of 6pm on Saturday, March 21st, 2020.

 

Our number one priority is, and always will be, our staff and our customers. After exploring many different ways for us to keep our doors open during this scary and volatile time, we ultimately decided that the safest decision we could make was to ask everyone to stay home and ride this out with their families and loved ones.

 

We employ 32 incredibly dedicated, talented, and wonderful people, who constantly give so much of themselves to this business every single day. Our business is only as good as the people who work with us, and we know that our current staff are the best group of people we’ve ever had the pleasure of employing, and we truly mean that.

 

We are devastated to have to shut our doors, and temporarily close the business that we’ve spent the last decade building. We will come back as soon as it is safe to do so, and will come back stronger than ever. We will miss you, but we will see you all again very soon. While we may be missing our sixth birthday celebration, it will only make our seventh birthday celebration that much sweeter.

 

In the meantime, we’ll be posting colourful sweet treats as always to help brighten your day on Instagram. Our Easter Pre-Orders will remain open, as we will have curbside pick up available for that weekend. If you have pick-up orders placed for the next two weeks, we’ll be in touch with you shortly. Our online store will not be closing, as we will continue to ship our Macarons, Cotton Candy Flavouring, JRC apparel, and Charleston and Harlow candles across the country. We are currently looking into delivery services and will do our best to be up and running again as soon as possible.

 

To our fellow entrepreneurs who are facing the same struggles and decisions that we are; stay strong. Stay open if you need to stay open, close if you need to close. Everybody’s situation is unique, and there is no easy or definitive answer. Do what you have to do. We support you and encourage everyone to keep supporting small businesses through these difficult times.

 

Stay safe, stay healthy. We love you.

Above All Else, Be Kind

Our hearts go out to the families, individuals, communities and small businesses affected by COVID-19.

 

In this post, we will address what Jenna Rae Cakes is doing to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and sanitization possible, an updated cancellation policy as well as a pick-up option for everyday purchases. This post will be updated as the situation unfolds and we hope to keep you as up to date with information as possible as it concerns you, our valued customer.

 

Health and Safety Standards

At Jenna Rae Cakes, health and safety are our top priorities. As a business in the food industry, the standards of cleanliness and sanitation are high and thorough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀

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All of our bakers have their Food Handlers certificates and we take every precaution in our kitchen to adhere to all of the rules and regulations outlined by Manitoba Health. Our commercial kitchen is not open to the general public and all of our staff are being encouraged to follow all COVID-19 advice for the public as outlined by the WHO. Our storefront employees will continue to clean and sanitize with extra diligence and our management team will continue to monitor the situation with extreme attentiveness.

 

Academy Road In-Store Update – Updated March 20th

Jenna Rae Cakes on Academy Road will be temporarily suspending all store operations after Saturday, March 21st at 6pm. To learn more, click here. We are currently looking into delivery services and will do our best to be up and running again as soon as possible.

We are taking phone-in orders at our Academy Road location to get customers in and out as quickly as possible. Here’s how it works:

1 – Call in your order at 204-691-4222 and pre-pay with your credit card over the phone. Our daily menu is posted to our Instagram story 2 hours before opening (10am Monday – Thursday and 8am on Friday + Saturday).

2 – Our staff will pack up your order and have it ready and waiting for you!

3 – Head straight to the front of the store, pick up your order, and be on your way!

 

Our seating has been removed to encourage more of a ‘grab and go’ experience.

We are no longer accepting cash.

Our entire storefront team are taking extra precautions and remaining extra diligent with sanitization including wearing gloves while packing your order and checking you out through the till, disposing of the gloves after a transaction is complete, washing their hands and putting on new gloves for each new customer, and sanitizing our store as frequently as possible.

 

The Forks In-Store Update – Updated March 17th

 Our location at The Forks is now closed until further notice.

 

Cancellation Policy – Updated March 14th

We fully understand that events are being cancelled. With that, cakes and large orders may need to be cancelled as well. While we do our best to accommodate cancellations as we have always done, a lot of staffing and ingredient costs go into each cake and order we make. With this in mind, please call us at 1-204-691-4222 or email us at hello@jennaraecakes.com before Tuesday at 5pm to cancel cakes or large orders for the upcoming weekend so we can adjust staffing accordingly.

PS- Cake freezers great! Cut into slices, wrap individually and freeze.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Please email hello@jennaraecakes.com. As a small business, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in this trying time.

We’re all in this together, and remember: above all else, be kind

Help Out The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny has a lot to do! While Santa has elves and reindeer to help him out, our pal the Easter Bunny is hopping around the world solo on the eve of Easter to deliver baskets full of delicious treats, hide eggs around your home for Easter egg hunts and ensure everyone has something yummy to enjoy when Easter arrives.

 

This year, we’d love to encourage you to help the Easter Bunny out! We’ve created a selection of treats that would make the Easter Bunny proud. From Mini Egg EVERYTHING to our brand new Easter Bunny cake, we have everything you need for your Easter gathering to your Easter egg hunt! Take a look at our selection of treats below!

 

For The Easter Egg Hunt

 

Giant Egg Macarons

Hide a treat that will really be a surprise to find, our Giant Egg Macarons come in two delicious flavours: Mini Egg + Cookies and Cream Creme Egg

 

For The Easter Basket

 

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Enjoy a final cup of Hot Chocolate before the warm weather arrives! Available in Mini Egg (assorted pastel colours) or Chocolate Lovers!

 

Giant Chocolate Eggs

Filled with mini egg popcorn, it’s the giant treat that is filled with deliciousness.

 

Macaron Gift Boxes

For the older kids who still want sweet treats, a gift box of macarons in seasonal and signature flavours will be the perfect gift.

 

For Dessert

 

Bunny Cake

A show-stopping centrepiece for your dessert table, our Easter Bunny cake comes in three flavours: Mini Egg, Vanilla Sprinkle and Chocolate Lovers!

 

Easter Celebration Cupcakes

The perfect dessert for an Easter lunch or brunch, our Easter Celebration cupcakes are topped with macarons, mini meringues and sugar blossoms and come with a Happy Easter edible greeting tag.

 

Easter Party Platter

Who says you can’t eat dessert first! Our Easter Party Platter is filled with bite-sized treats that you can eat before the big meal without ruining your appetite! Put it out after dinner so guests can enjoy a variety of treats!

 

Visit our Holiday Pre-Order page to see all of our delicious Easter treats and be sure to place your pre-order! All Easter Pre-Orders must be picked up from our shop via curbside pickup at 580-E Academy Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba on one of the following dates:

 

Thursday, April 9th from 10am-12pm | 12pm-2pm | 2pm-4pm
Friday, April 10th from 10am-12pm | 12pm-2pm | 2pm-4pm
Saturday, April 11th from 10am-12pm | 12pm-2pm | 2pm-4pm

Spring has arrived at The Forks!

The weather is warming up, the sun is rising earlier and staying out later, and mini eggs are everywhere. It’s official that spring has arrived at JRC and across Winnipeg and our new Spring menu at The Forks brings refreshing flavours that will make your taste buds buzz with delight!

 

Take a peek at our new Spring 2020 Menu of macarons and cookie dough cups available at The Forks!*

 

*Note, ask the JRC team member working the day you visit which flavours are available.

Macarons

Salted Caramel*
Cotton Candy*
Birthday Batter
Cookie Dough
Earl Grey*
Nanaimo
Key Lime Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb*
Peanut Butter Cup*
Carrot Cake with Walnuts
Mini Egg*
Creme Egg*
* = Gluten-less flavours. Our kitchen contains gluten so we cannot 100% guarantee against cross-contamination.

Cookie Dough Cups

Chocolate Chip**
Vanilla Sprinkle**
Mini Egg
** = Vegan. Contains soy.

Cookie Sandwiches

Our cookie sandwich flavours rotate but spring will bring to the menu the following exciting flavours into regular rotation.

Mini Egg
Creme Egg
Lemon Meringue
Raspberry Lemon
Lemon Bar
Cotton Candy
Strawberry Shortcake
and more!

 

We hope to see you soon at The Forks! Open daily from 10am – 9pm.

 

March Charity of the Month

Caring for our local community is something we value at Jenna Rae Cakes. Being able to contribute to various charities allows us the opportunity to serve our community and we couldn’t be more excited and grateful to give back to the community that has given us so much support.

For March, our Charity of the Month is Team Tam.

 

Team Tam supports Sean Tam who is facing a battle with Familial Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma. Donations raised will go towards the clinical trial of Blu667 that Sean is taking part in at the Mayo Clinic including medical expenses, travel and recovery and anything else that might bring Sean and his wife Aly hope and happiness during this trying time.

 

 

Throughout the month of March, $0.50 from the purchase of each Chocolate Lovers cupcake will be donated to Team Tam. Purchase your Chocolate Lovers cupcake at either of our locations and know that you are making an impact in the lives of Sean and Aly. At our shop on Academy Road, we will also have Team Tam Pin Packs available for purchase. These Team Tam Pin Packs are created by HappyLand Print Shop and 100% of the purchase price of the pins goes directly to Team Tam.

 

To learn more about Team Tam and Sean’s journey with Familial Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma, visit their Go Fund Me page here.

 

Images by Victoria Anne Photography.

Visit us at
The Forks
Open Daily 10am – 9pm

 

Academy
Monday – Thursday noon-6pm
Friday + Saturday 10am-6pm
Closed Sunday

All About Printed Macarons

Imagine the joy when someone you love opens a macaron gift box to find an assortment of meaningful images printed onto them– photos of their loved ones, their favourite things, memories from their childhood and more. The joy of a printed macaron gift box is in the beautiful customization– you send the images and we print them onto the macarons ready for you to gift, place out at a big celebration or to share over an intimate gathering.

 

No matter where you live across Canada, be it right here in Winnipeg or further away, printed macarons are within your reach!

 

We ship gift boxes of printed macarons across Canada each Tuesday. Our online shop features an assortment of boxes that you can customize to suit your preferences! Hosting a birthday party? Order macarons with images of the individual celebrating the birthday, their favourite things or the age they are turning! Sending macarons to someone? Customize their macarons with images you know they’ll love! Your imagination is the limit with what you’d like our macarons printed with so get creative and think of each macaron as an individual way to show you care.

 

Our Custom Printed Macaron Gift Box

 

Our Custom Printed Macaron Gift Box is exactly as it sounds– macarons printed with your custom images! Simply visit our online store HERE, select a box of either 6 printed macarons or 12 printed macarons, then follow the directions to send us the images you’d like printed on your macarons! Nice and simple!

 

Our Bridesmaid Boxes

Pop the question with a beautiful box of macarons! Our ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid?’ boxes are a delicious way to ask those you cherish to be a part of your special day. Also available with the following question options: ‘Will You Be My Maid Of Honour?’, ‘Will You Be My Matron Of Honour?’ and ‘Will You Be My Flower Girl?’. To learn more about our Bridesmaid Macaron Boxes for shipping across Canada, include flavour list and price, visit our online store HERE.

 

Our best tip is to add a card at checkout and we will write any additional message you want to say to the person you are asking to be part of your happy day!

 

Wondering how much it will cost to ship our macarons to you? Follow the process of placing your order and checking out on our website and you will be able to see the cost of shipping before placing your order.

 

If you live in Winnipeg and can pick up your macarons, simply send us an email to hello@jennaraecakes.com and include the date you’d like your printed macarons for and how many macarons you’d like printed. All orders for printed macarons have a limit of 6 images. For example, you could order 6 macarons with a different image on each macaron. Another example, you could order 60 macarons with 10 macarons of each image for a total of 6 different images for your entire order. The cost of a printed macaron depends on the quantity being ordered and ranges between $4 – $6 per macaron.

 

To receive a quote, please send us an email to hello@jennaraecakes.com! We’d love to work with you to create custom macarons for your upcoming event or celebration!

We’re Hiring a Full-Time Baker

We are getting ready for a busy year at Jenna Rae Cakes which means we are hiring a full-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

February Charity of the Month

Caring for our local community is something we value at Jenna Rae Cakes. Being able to contribute to various charities allows us the opportunity to serve our community and we couldn’t be more excited and grateful to give back to the community that has given us so much support.

For February, our Charity of the Month is Variety Children’s Charity of Manitoba.

 

Variety Children’s Charity of Manitoba raises sustainable funds to provide help and hope to children of all abilities, one child at a time. Variety steps in where government, healthcare, and other funding ends to provide direct assistance to children in Manitoba living with special needs and.or economic disadvantage.

 

Throughout the month of January, $0.50 from the purchase of each Red Velvet cupcake will be donated to Variety Children’s Charity of Manitoba. Purchase your Red Velvet cupcake at either of our locations and know that you are supporting a wonderful charity making a difference right here in Winnipeg.

 

To learn more about Variety Children’s Charity of Manitoba, visit their website here.

 

Visit us at
The Forks
Open Daily 10am – 9pm

 

Academy
Monday – Thursday noon-6pm
Friday + Saturday 10am-6pm
Closed Sunday

Hiring: Part Time Front Of House

Part-Time Front-of-House Position

Candidate Profile Summary: We are looking for a hard-working, dedicated person, with open availability and positive energy to join our Jenna Rae Cakes Storefront Team at The Forks and 580 Academy Road. This is a permanent part-time position opening with the opportunity for advancement in our growing company. The ideal candidate will be available for 2-3 day time shifts per week. We are currently fully staffed for evenings.

 

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

Deals with customer needs and concerns (both in-person and on the phone)

Ensures that the cooler is fully stocked, and presented in an aesthetically pleasing and organized manner

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

Must be flexible to work at both of our locations at 580 Academy Road and The Forks

 

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.

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