Congrats Class of 2019

Another school year is coming to an end, which means another round of hardworking students are putting on their caps and gowns and walking down the aisle to shake hands with their teachers and receive their diplomas. Whether you are graduating from high school or with your master’s degree, we want you to know how proud we are of you! Each and every graduate is deserving of a big round of applause for all of their hard work and dedication to come through their studies on the other side successfully.

 

To celebrate the graduates in your life, we have Graduation Celebration Cupcakes. These cupcakes will be an assortment of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and will be topped with marbled sugar blossoms edged in gold, salted caramel macarons with a gold splatter and cupcakes featuring a grad cap and scroll made out of fondant.

 

Graduation Celebration Cupcakes are available as a box of 6 cupcakes for $35 or a box of 12 cupcakes for $70. To place an order, give our shop on Academy a call at 1-204-691-4222 anytime after 10 am, Tuesday through Saturday or email syd@jennaraecakes.com including the date you’d like your Graduation Celebration Cupcakes for.

 

To all the graduates, congratulations! From all of us at Jenna Rae Cakes, we wish you the best of luck as you take your new skills and put them to use in the world.

Bakery Business Tips to Live By

Jenna Rae Cakes is more than just a pretty Instagram feed and tasty treats. We are a business that aspires to keep growing, learning and expanding the horizons of what we know so we can keep our customers coming back for more. As a business, there are a few foundational things we have committed to over the years that helped take us to where we are now. While we fully understand there are other incredible business out there with amazing tips, we are often asked about our business– what works, what doesn’t and how we’ve been able to grow.

We put the following principles to action and we have seen growth in our company keeping these principles in mind. Take a read of our ‘Bakery Business Tips to Live By’.

 

Tip 1 – Hire Up

Something we’ve tried to instill since the beginning of JRC is to always hire up. If you want to see growth in your company, you need to hire people who are more skilled than you in areas that you want to grow your company in. We have been implementing this as long as we’ve been around because we want to be sure we keep hiring individuals who can help us reach our goals. This is as simple as hiring trained bakers with experience and finding people who have skills that wow you.

 

Tip 2 – Encourage Creativity

We love encouraging our staff to be creative! Some of the best ideas we’ve executed, from fun new flavours to product ideas and more, have come from our talented staff. Encouraging your staff to be creative and come up with ideas will help your staff feel valued and like they, and their opinion, matter. We recently featured one of our bakers, Beatriz, and created a flavour of macaron and cream puff that remind her of home. People loved learning about her and trying out a flavour that was new to them.

 

Tip 3 – Better, Not Bigger

Growth is great, but doing what you are known for really well is even better. When you learn something new, you take your time to do it well before expanding and growing. We take the same approach to our business. We want to do things really well before growing. That makes growth sustainable and ensures we can keep growing more in the future.

 

Tip 4 – Be Ruthless About Your Brand

Your brand is important and we ensure everything we do is branded to perfection (or as close to perfection as we can get it!). Also, just about every single thing affects your brand. From a customer interaction with one of our front of house staff, to how we respond to your inquiries on Instagram, the images we post and how we present our treats on our menu, our brand is important and helps people understand who we are as a company. We take our brand seriously and ensure every bit of communication we have and everything we put out into the world is in line with our mission and values.

 

Tip 5 – Never Stop Dreaming

We dream BIG at JRC! From the very beginning, we’ve had big dreams of where we’d like to see our company go and keeping those dreams alive is what pushes us each and every single day. There’s something special about seeing a dream become an attainable goal, then watching the hard work of yourself and your team bring it to life. No matter what we do, we don’t stop dreaming of where we’d like to be.

 

These five tips are just a few of the many things that work for us to keep growing as a company while committing to high standards in all we do. If you are a business owner, we’d love to hear from you! What are your top tips for success? What works for you to help your business thrive?

They’re Back!

 

Back by popular demand, Cream Puffs are now back on the Jenna Rae Cakes menu at our location on Academy road!

 

We had removed Cream Puffs from our menu to bring back another favourite that was in the JRC vault, Cheesecakes. As much as we love cheesecakes, and we know you do too, we just couldn’t stay away from cream puffs. Those little puffs filled with fluffy clouds of flavouring and topped with a deliciously sweet fondant are hard to resist.

 

You may notice a few changes to our cream puffs now that they are back. We worked hard in our kitchen to perfect our recipes even more and have given our cream puffs and flavourful makeover. You’ll notice that some of our cream puffs are no longer dipped in fondant. We’ve flavoured our craquelin so every last bite of choux has a delicious flavour. The cream puffs that are not dipped in fondant are also less sweet so if your sweet tooth is a little smaller, you can still enjoy our cream puffs!

 

 

Each week, two flavours are available at our shop on Academy for you to enjoy. The flavours are listed on our daily menu so you can always keep up with which flavours you can stop by and enjoy. We have many new flavours up our sleeve including feature flavours over the weekend, more savory flavours and more!

 

We hope to see you soon to try our improved cream puffs! We have an exciting line up of flavours we are excited for you to try!

 

Our new Raspberry White Chocolate Cream Puff

 

We all scream for ice cream!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Bride Drive-In is a Winnipeg classic. We can all remember taking trips to BDI as kids, and now, as adults, heading there with friends and family on hot summer days to enjoy an ice-cold treat. Winnipeggers know our warm months are short, so we have to make the most of our ice cream season. As soon as the snow melts and BDI opens their doors at their Jubilee location, we feel like we can officially say that the warmer months are here.

 

This summer, we have collaborated with BDI to bring you a JRCxBDI Menu of frozen treats filled with all the JRC goodness you love from our baked goods. Together with BDI, we’ve turned our favourite menu items into soft serve ice cream, flurries and ice cream sandwiches! Take a look at our JRCxBDI collab menu below.

 

 

JUBILEE
Open daily 12noon – 9pm

 

Cotton Candy Soft Serve
Pink cotton candy ice cream is swirled high in a cone and is topped with a gorgeous mix of sprinkles.

Cotton Candy Macaron Flurry
Cotton candy flavoured ice cream is filled with macaron shells.

Salted Caramel Macaron Flurry
Vanilla ice cream is filled with salted caramel and macaron shells.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Flurry
Our delicious homemade vegan chocolate chip cookie dough is a treat in this vegan soft serve flurry.

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
Two giant macaron shells are filled with vanilla ice cream.

 

KILDONAN PLACE
Weekdays 10am – 9pm
Saturday 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 6pm

 

Cotton Candy Macaron Flurry
Cotton candy flavoured ice cream is filled with macaron shells.

Salted Caramel Macaron Flurry
Vanilla ice cream is filled with salted caramel and macaron shells.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Flurry
Our delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie dough is a treat in this vanilla soft serve flurry.

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
Two giant macaron shells are filled with vanilla ice cream.

 

Our collaboration is running all summer long so you can try all of our limited edition treats on the JRCxBDI menu. Be sure to tag us in your posts by using the hashtag #jrclovesbdi. If we love your photo, we just might repost it on our Instagram feed or story!

 

Enjoy!

 

Mother’s Day Pre-Orders Are Here!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we want you to treat your mom! We love our mom– she always let us help her bake in the kitchen, encouraged us along the paths of our dreams and is still always there for us when we need her. We can’t imagine life without our mom and we are so grateful for all she has done in our life.

Show your mom some love this Mother’s Day by giving her a sweet treat that expresses your heartfelt gratitude for who she is and all she has done for you. Take a look below at the beautiful and delicious sweet treats that you can gift to your mom this upcoming Mother’s Day.

 

Best Mom Ever Macaron Gift Box

We are taking our classic macarons and printing them with three sweet sayings sure to make your mom feel your love. Our classic, chewy macarons are printed and placed on a bed of pink crinkle paper in a Limited Edition Mother’s Day macaron gift box.

Shop the Best Mom Ever Macaron Gift Box

 

Giant Flower Macarons

Fresh flowers are a Mother’s Day staple, but our Giant Flower macarons will rival the bouquet of flower tradition. Giant macaron flowers are a delicious Raspberry flavour will bring a touch of spring indoors this Mother’s Day.

Shop the Giant Flower Macaron

 

Cake For Mom

Our popular mini cakes are back for Mother’s Day! Surprise your mom with a sweet treat that she can enjoy over a few days or share with those she loves. Our Cakes for Mom come in Vanilla or Chocolate Lovers and are topped with printed macarons. Each cake comes in an acrylic cylinder and is tied with a pastel pink bow.

Shop the Cake For Mom

 

Flower Locket Necklace

Our latest collaboration with Sugar Blossom is the sweetest daisy locket. Keep your favourite people close to your heart and evoke the feelings of spring all year with the gold-plated brass Flower Locket.

Shop the Flower Locket

 

Mother’s Day Pre-Orders are now open and will close on Wednesday, May 8th at midnight. When you place a pre-order, you’ll skip the lineup and will be able to walk into our shop on Academy on either Friday, May 10th or Saturday, May 11th and walk right up to our helpful staff who can assist you! You’ll be in and out in a flash, giving you more time to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day.

Place your pre-order soon and use the code ‘bestmom’ to receive 10% off your entire order! Click here to shop.

Our Spring Menu is Here

Spring has finally sprung and we are celebrating with the launch of our Spring Menu at The Forks! We are introducing back into the rotation some of your spring flavour favourites along with a few new flavours we know you’ll love. Take a look below at our Spring Menu available at The Forks.

Macarons

Raspberry
Chocolate Ganache
Salted Caramel
Cookie Dough
Pistachio
Cotton Candy
Lucky Charms
Vanilla Sprinkle
Black Cherry
Earl Grey
Birthday Cake
Fuzzy Peach

 

Cookie Dough Cups

Toffee Salted Caramel
Chocolate Chip
Birthday Oreo

 

Cookie Sandwiches

Cookie sandwiches flavours now rotate! Check out our Daily Menu post on Instagram to find out which flavours of Cookie Sandwiches you’ll be able to enjoy.

 

We hope to see you at The Forks soon!

Easter Hours

The holidays can be busy, which is why are excited to announce that we will be open at both locations on Good Friday, April 19th. Not only are we open, but you can also select your Easter Pre-order to be picked up from our shop on Academy on Friday.  Swing by the shop on Good Friday to pick up treats on the way to your gathering or event.

See our Easter Holiday Hours below:

Academy

Thursday, April 18th from 12-6pm

Friday, April 19th from 12-6pm

Saturday, April 20th from 12-5pm.

Sunday, April 21st – Closed

Monday, April 22nd – Closed

The Forks

Thursday, April 18th from 10am-9pm

Friday, April 19th from 10am-9pm

Saturday, April 20th from 10am-9pm

Sunday, April 21st from 10am-9pm

Monday, April 22nd from 10am-9pm

 

We’ll be stocked up with mini egg favoured treats, Easter bunny macarons, giant egg macarons and more so if you don’t place a pre-order, come early to avoid disappointment.

Our Tips For Hosting Easter

Easter is right around the corner and if you are hosting your family or friend gathering, there can be a lot to plan and take care of. Add on planning surprises for your own family and the little ones in your life who love the magic of Easter morning and you have a lot on the go.

 

We created a Pinterest board with some fun ideas for your Easter gathering. If you’re hosting you’ll want to check out our board. See some highlights below…

 

Spring Outfits

Scarves, flowy skirts and gold jewelry with pops of colour are our favourites for this spring. If we wear enough spring attire, maybe spring weather will finally arrive.

 

Meal Ideas

If you’re still planning your Easter menu, our board of meal ideas can help! From appetizers to brunch items and even a delicious drink option, start here with your menu planning and you’ll put together a menu that will receive rave reviews from everyone you serve. We even include a recipe for classic hot cross buns if you want to create some from scratch.

 

Hosting

If you’re a host or hostess that is all about presentation, we created a Pinterest board just for you! On this board, you’ll find great ideas for invitations, place settings and centerpieces. Also, tips to put together the perfect grazing platter for those who love to snack.

 

For the Kids

If there are little ones in your life, Easter is really a magical holiday. We rounded up a few really fun Easter ideas for kids from their own personal table at your gathering, to attaching balloons to treats to make an outdoor hunt extra fun!

 

Sweet Treats

What would a Jenna Rae Cakes Pinterest board be without a variety of sweet treats? We included our Easter menu items that are now available for pre-order. When you place a pre-order, you’ll be able to walk in on the date you selected, skip the lineup, and pick up your treats. You’ll spend less time in our shop and more time with those you love over the Easter weekend.

 

Be sure to take a peek at our Pinterest board and watch the Easter magic come to life as you plan a wonderful celebration for your family and friends this upcoming holiday. Also, our Easter pre-orders are now open! Skip the lineup this Easter weekend and pick up your pre-ordered selection of delicious Easter items.

Easter Pre-Orders are here!

The Easter Bunny wants to be sure everyone you know receives an Easter treat this year! Whether you’re filling up baskets, hiding treats for an Easter egg hunt or having friends and family over for an Easter brunch, be sure everyone has their sweet treat fix by pre-ordering a festive selection of goodies.

 

Take a look below to find out what is on our Easter Pre-Order Menu.

 

*NEW* Easter Bunny Macarons

Our happy, sleepy Easter Bunny macarons are a sweet addition to a treat basket or as a special treat when a little one wakes up on Easter morning. Available in flavours of Salted Caramel and Cotton Candy. The little heart nose is our favourite part!

Shop the Easter Bunny Macarons

Easter Celebration Cupcakes

You can’t go wrong with cupcakes! The individually sized treat that sparks joy for all those who get to try one, our celebration cupcakes come in boxes of 6 or 12 and each box features cupcakes topped with sugar blossoms, meringues, macarons and an edible “Happy Easter” greeting tag.

Shop the Celebration Cupcakes

 

Giant Egg Macarons

These oversized macarons will look gorgeous on each plate as a place setting at your Easter brunch or dinner. Splatter with cocoa powder and gold these giant macarons are available in flavours of Mini Egg or Salted Caramel

Shop the Giant Egg Macarons

 

Chocolate Covered Oreo Eggs

We’ve taken our chocolate covered Oreos and turned them into an Easter treat! Each Oreo is covered in a spring colour palette of chocolate and shaped like an Easter egg. A delicious treat for the little ones in your life.

Shop the Chocolate Covered Oreo Eggs

 

Easter Party Platter

Something for everyone, our Easter Party Platter features festive flavours like Mini Egg and Creme Egg plus our Signature favourites so everyone is sure to find a treat they love.

Shop the Easter Party Platter

 

Mini Egg Easter Cake

A staple on the Jenna Rae Cakes Easter menu, our Mini Egg cake is back. 4 layers of vanilla Mini Egg sponge cake, layered with milk chocolate Mini Egg buttercream, and covered in a turquoise splattered buttercream and decorated with milk chocolate buttercream rosettes and a mini egg crown.

Shop the Mini Egg Easter Cake

 

Carrot Cake Easter Cake

A cake fit for the Easter Bunny, our Carrot Cake Easter cake will please all of your guests this Easter. 4 layers of deliciously spiced carrot cake, layered with classic cream cheese buttercream, covered in a peach buttercream with candied nut crumble up the sides and topped with cream cheese peaks and a sprinkle of gold leaf flakes.

Shop the Carrot Cake Easter Cake

 

Mini Egg Popcorn

Consider yourself extra special if the Easter Bunny leaves this Mini Egg popcorn for you! Candy coated popcorn is drizzled with chocolate and filled with crushed Mini Eggs. The perfect after dinner snack.

Shop the Mini Egg Popcorn

 

All of the treats on our Easter Pre-Order menu will be available for Pick Up at our shop on Academy on Thursday, April 18th from 12-6pm, Friday, April 19th from 12-6pm or Saturday, April 20th from 12-5pm.

 

Use the code “jrceasterbunny’ to receive 10% off your online order!

 

Celebrate 5 Years With Us!

Jenna Rae Cakes Mini Choquette with Mini Macaron JRC Turns 5

 

We are celebrating 5 years this Saturday, March 30th the best way we know how– sweet treats and an exciting giveaway!

 

When we first opened our doors on Academy road 5 years ago, we had no idea what the future would hold. What we originally thought would be a little storefront to keep Jenna busy while she worked on wedding cakes in the back turned into two shops, shipping macarons across Canada, and a hard-working team of incredible staff who help us bring our vision to life each and every single day. Had you asked us if this is where we thought we would be when we first opened, we could tell you that the day our doors first opened we had no idea what was ahead.

 

It is thanks to YOU, our customers, that we are where we are today. Without you coming to our shop, waiting in the line ups, offering suggestions on what you’d like to see on our menu next and buying our cooler clear of sweet treats, we wouldn’t be celebrating this birthday! Thank you for coming to our shops time and time again, bringing your friends and family to try a treat, ordering a birthday or wedding cake, and sharing your posts on Instagram. You helped get us to where we are today and we are so grateful.

 

To celebrate 5 years, we are having a birthday celebration at our shop on Academy on Saturday, March 30th from noon until 5pm. We are handing out complimentary mini mac-a-choux to the first 200 customers. Each vanilla chouqette is topped with a mini birthday cake macaron and a candle!

 

Plus, everyone who walks in the door can enter their name to win our grand prize… macarons for a year! If you are the lucky winner, you’ll receive a 12-macaron gift box shipped to your door the first full week of every month (April 2019-March 2020). Plus– you’ll receive all holiday box collections (additional box at Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day).*

 

We are so excited to celebrate 5 years with you this Saturday!

 

*Contest entry only available by stopping by in person to our Academy road location on Saturday, March 30th. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on our Instagram story. Macarons will be shipped out to the provided local address the first Tuesday of every month. Additional holiday boxes to be sent out when available.

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