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!

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.

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.

Harry Potter Day 2019 Recap

The Hogwarts Express has left Hogwarts for another year, the witches and wizards are returning home and everyone will have to wait until next year to perfect their spells and incantations, play quidditch and hang out in their house common rooms.

 

Harry Potter Day has come and gone but we are reflecting on the fun from the most magical day of the year!

 

While each year keeps getting bigger and better, this year had a new twist for us to embrace– our summer hours meant that instead of opening at noon like we had previous years, we were opening at 10am! We didn’t know if people would be lining up before opening and, if so, how early they would be there. When people asked us what time the line up would start, we guessed about 2 hours before opening as in previous years and, well, we were quite right.

 

 

The first person took their spot outside our little shop on Academy at 7:30am and the lineup grew from there. Witches and wizards came dressed in their Hogwarts attire, muggles came in their best Harry Potter Fanfare and some individuals even brought blankets, pillows, camping chairs and umbrellas to beat the heat!  This year we handed out cups of butterbeer to those who patiently waited in line and we felt so grateful that they were patient with us as we worked inside to prepare for the big day.

 

When the winner of our Exclusive Harry Potter Pre-Shop Experience arrived, the winner, along with her guests, skipped the lineup, walked to the door, said the secret password and inside they came! They had the opportunity to sip on glasses of butterbeer while they had the entire shop to themselves to check out the treats and pick out their favourites. The winner and her guests each received a wand from Protego Wand Shoppe— a local artisan who handmakes wands!

 

The doors opened and the lineup began to filter in! We loved seeing the excitement on our customers’ faces as they saw all the treats in person for the first time! Watching them carefully choose which items they wanted, finding out which house they were in when they picked the house egg they wanted to take home and seeing the Harry Potter outfits were all so special. Guests young and old were full of wide-eyed wonder as they gawked at the pastry case and left the shop full of joy at the treats that were inspired by their favourite books.

 

 

We want to say a big THANK YOU to YOU! To each and every witch, wizard, muggle, house-elf, giant and half-blood who hopped on a broom, caught the night bus, used some floo powder or found a portkey to make your way to Harry Potter Day, THANK YOU for joining in the magic with us as we celebrate The Boy Who Lived and the magical world of Harry Potter. It’s because of you that we are able to do these theme days and we hope that we can continue to create magic for you for years to come!

 

As the shelves began to clear out of the most popular menu items, like our 4″ Happee Birthdae Harry cakes, house dragon eggs and golden snitch cupcakes, we were pleased to still have character macarons in stock until the end of the day, along with other magical treats like Philospher Gems and Love Potion Bites, so that those who came later in the day could still indulge in our whimsical treats. The menu this past year was our most comprehensive yet and we are already scheming up magic for next year… the work of witches and wizards who are up to no good is never over.

 

Until next year, stay out of mischief!

 

Below are a few images we were tagged in on our Instagram stories on Harry Potter Day!

Harry Potter Day 2019

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Theme Day 2019

 

Calling all witches and wizards, muggles, giants, house elves and half-bloods! Hop on your broom, catch the night bus, grab some floo powder or find a portkey and make your way to our third annual Harry Potter Day is happening on Saturday, July 27th from 10am – 6pm at our Academy Road location!

 

Harry Potter Day has become our favourite day of the year at JRC. Our cooler is stocked with treats inspired by the books we’ve come to love, customers come from near and far to line up, often in costume, to indulge their whimsical side with our treats and we get to meet other fans who share in the love of the magical world J.K. Rowling created. It’s simply the most magical day of the year.

 

Take a look below to see the full menu we will have available for you on Harry Potter Day at our shop on Academy Road!

 

MACARONS 

Butterbeer
Licorice Whip
Acid Pop
Lemon Sherbet
Liquid Lucky Charms
Fire Whiskey
Pumpkin Juice
Berry Potter
Vanilla Sorting Hat

 

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 character macarons

CHARACTER MACARONS 

We will have vanilla macarons printed with your favourite characters!
Harry
Ron
Hermoine
Snape

 

BERTIE BOTS EVER FLAVOUR MINI MACARON BOXES

We won’t tell you which flavours are inside! You’ll have to buy a box and try them all!

 

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 sorting hat cookie sandwiches

COOKIE SANDWICHES 

Our popular Sorting Hat cookie sandwiches are back along with other inspired flavours.

 

Sorting Hat Brownie Cookie Sandwich + Sugar Cookie Sandwich
Butterbeer Sugar Cookie Sandwich
Happee Birthdae Harry Sugar Cookie Sandwich
Cornelius Fudge Brownie Cookie Sandwich
Book of Monsters Monter Cookie Sandwich
Gluten Friendly Sorting Hat Sugar Cookie Sandwich

 

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 Dumbled'oreos

DUMBLED’OREOS 

Our classic chocolate covered Oreo’s printed with Dumbledore
Happee Birthdae Harry covered Oreo’s

 

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 Chocolate Frog Covered Oreos

CHOCOLATE FROG OREOS 

They may not come alive, but our Chocolate Frog covered Oreo’s are sure to be a magical treat!

Milk Chocolate
Vegan Friendly Dark Chocolate

 

MINI HUFFLEPUFFS 

Our classic cream puffs with a magical makeover!

Pumpkin Pastie
Butterbeer
Hapee Birthdae Harry
Golden Snitch

 

DRAGON EGGS 

Filled with candied popcorn, candy and house sprinkles, we’ve reimagined our dragon eggs for each house at Hogwarts! Plus, one lucky witch or wizard will find a $25 gift card sock inside of their dragon egg to free a house elf as our nod to Dobby!

Gryffindor Red Dragon Egg
Slytherin Green Dragon Egg
Ravenclaw Blue Dragon egg
Hufflepuff Yellow Dragon Egg

 

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 Happee Birthdae Harry Cake

HAPPEE BIRTHDAE HARRY CAKES 

A replica to the ‘made with love’ cake Hagrid makes for Harry, our 4″ Happee Birthdae Harry chocolate lovers cakes will be packaged in an acrylic box and are the perfect treat to share with 2-4 friends.

 

MOUSSE CUPS 

Polyjuice Potion Salted Caramel
Butterbeer

 

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 Cupcakes

CUPCAKES 

Butterbeer
Golden Snitch Salted Caramel
Happee Birthdae Harry
Berry Potter
Chocolate Sorting Hat
Chocolate Frog

 

LOVE POTION BITES 

Inspired by Romilda Vane, we’ve filled our Salted Caramel Bites with Amorentia! Gift a few of these love potion infused chocolates to your crush to make them swoon for you.

 

PHILOSOPHER STONE GEMS 

We used our own alchemy to create these Birthday Cake Philosopher Stone Gems! They may not produce the Elixir of Life, but they are certainly worth enjoying.

 

Our Third Annual Harry Potter Day will take place on Saturday, July 27th from 10am-6pm at our shop on Academy road! Enjoy a treat of Butterbeer while you wait in line and make the waiting even more fun while testing your Harry Potter Knowledge that morning over our Instagram stories.

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have Hagrid as your personal escort into Diagon Alley? Experience the magic of Harry Potter Day at JRC with an exclusive Harry Potter Day Pre-Shop experience for you and 3 of your favourite muggles! Stay tuned for details on this magical contest!

 

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 Golden Snitch

Summer Hours

Jenna Rae Cakes interior on Academy

 

There’s nothing like getting out the city early on a Friday or Saturday to spend a full day at the beach, visit a u-pick or head out to a cabin to spend the day with friends and family. We understand how valuable each day is during the summer months and we want to make sure you can enjoy each day to the fullest.

Our extended Summer Hours are now in effect at our Academy Road location.

Tuesday – Thursday
Noon – 6pm

Friday + Saturday
10am – 6pm

We are open earlier on Friday and Saturday so you can stop by anytime after 10am to pick up your treats for the day or weekend! Take a box of cupcakes to the lake, your favourite cookie sandwiches to the beach, and stock up on macarons to indulge in all weekend long.

If you want to make your visit short and sweet, place a Daily Pre-Order Tuesday – Friday by calling our shop on Academy to reserve a selection of our treats available that day. You can even pre-pay on your credit card and grab and go with your treats when you pick them up. Call 1-204-691-422 to place your pre-order.

See you this summer!

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