Cotton Candy Flavouring Is Now Available

Just in time to be added to Christmas lists and to make an appearance in your favourite crowd-pleasing holiday treats, the Jenna Rae Cakes Cotton Candy Flavouring is now available online for shipping across Canada!

 

The journey of the Jenna Rae Cakes Cotton Candy Flavouring has been an adventure of trial and error before finding the perfect flavouring for all of our favourite treats. From the beginning, Jenna, Ashley and their sister Chelsea knew they wanted to make treats emulating their childhood sweet treat indulgence of cotton candy.

At first, Jenna tried putting chunks of fluffy cotton candy into buttercream to flavour it. Next, our kitchen went through one flavouring after the next that didn’t meet the standards our flavours at Jenna Rae Cakes have become known for. Then, one day, we found it. A cotton candy flavouring that has the sweet, spun sugar taste that takes you back to your younger days.

 

Our Signature Cotton Candy flavouring has been used in all of our cotton candy treats– from cookie sandwiches to macarons, cotton candy marshmallow bites to our seasonal cotton candy hot chocolate. Our most popular cotton candy item has to be our Signature Cotton Candy Cake which is decorated to be as whimsical looking as the name and flavour would suggest. If it tastes like cotton candy in our shop, it is made using this exact flavouring.

Signature Cotton Candy Cake by Jenna Rae Cakes

We are now bottling this flavour in-house for you– the home baker with a creative imagination that wants to bring magic into your kitchen with every delicious drop! Click HERE to order a bottle (or two) of our Cotton Candy Flavouring and create anything your heart desires to be cotton candy! We suggest Cotton Candy pancakes, Cotton Candy whipped cream in your hot chocolate or cotton candy icing on homemade cupcakes.

 

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.

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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!

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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.

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!

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.

Time To Party!

Jenna Rae Cakes Party Squares

 

Our brownie has evolved since the beginning of Jenna Rae Cakes. What started as a sky-high double layered brownie enough to share with at least one more person has transformed a few times to bring us to where we are today.

 

When we were creating our brownies, we always wanted to have at least one layer of super thick, rich, fudgy brownie for you to indulge in. We would add fudge, marshmallow or browned butter frosting in between the layers and top with delicious flavour additions to create a unique flavour of brownie. Truth be told, our brownie was great, but we started to feel like there had to be a better way to jampack flavours into a treat that would be easier to eat while still being similar to a brownie.

 

We began thinking of the delicious squares we’ve all come to know and love from our childhood. We can all remember going to family gatherings where our parents and relatives would whip up a tasty bar to cut up into bite-sized pieces for everyone to enjoy. Dainty trays at Christmas were always filled with Nanaimo Bar and other decadent flavours put into bar form. With these memories flooding back, we knew Party Squares were the perfect replacement for our brownie.

Jenna Rae Cakes Nanaimo Party Square

The Nanaimo Brownie Party Square

 

Our team of talented bakers began creating mouth-watering flavour combinations in Party Square form, often still incorporating a brownie or blondie layer as an ode to our original brownie that graced the JRC menu for many years. Now, each week at Academy, we feature a flavour of Party Square. Some of our most recent featured flavours have included Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Milk Chocolate Fudge, Cookie Dough Brownie, Nanaimo Bar Brownie, Cotton Candy Blondie, Red Velvet, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Square, Sticky Coconut Brownie and more!

Cotton Candy Blondie Party Square by Jenna Rae Cakes

Cotton Candy Blondie Party Square by Jenna Rae Cakes

 

The creative flavours will only continue to grow as we expand into new seasons at JRC and our entire team is already dreaming up Party Squares for the rest of the year using the flavours you’re most excited to see on our menu as the year progresses including lemon, pumpkin and candy cane.

 

Check out our Daily Menu to see which flavour is available this week, then pop by our shop on Academy and try a party square today!

 

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Party Square by Jenna Rae Cakes

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Party Square by Jenna Rae Cakes

JRC Summer Bucket List

When summer arrives in Winnipeg, we don’t take it for granted! We understand fully that this season is short, yet glorious, and we take every opportunity to enjoy the weather, the longer days and the long weekends.

 

To help you make the most of your summer, we asked our entire staff to share their number one activity to do this summer! We’ve compiled all of these fun tips and are sharing our JRC Summer Bucket List with you. Consider this a fun list of activities to do to make the most of your summer.

 

1 – Hit The Beach!
A classic for most people, hitting the beach is always a good time! “My favourite thing to do is heading to Grand Beach on a Monday. We always go to the family beach, even before we had kids because it’s less crowded. The campground at Grand Beach is great as well! We’re gonna test out camping with a toddler this summer.” – Ashley

 

2 – Go to a Park
There are so many things you can do in the park. You can play catch and go for bike rides (two of Claire’s favourite activities) and you can take the activities you normally do indoors, outside like reading, listening to music or painting.

 

3 – Go for Ice Cream
We may be biased to recommend heading to BDI to try an item off of our JRCxBDI collaborative menu available all summer long, however, there are so many incredible ice cream shops in all areas of the city. “My favourite place to go for ice cream is Chaeban. They even have GF and vegan options which is super cool and local!” – Alyssa

 

4 – Go for a Drive
Getting out of the city for a quick drive is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening. Nicole L loves taking drives to Lockport.

 

5 – Head to a Goldeyes, Bombers or Valour VCF game
As a staff, we’ve gone to a Goldeyes game and it was so much fun! These games are affordable and fun for the whole family. Grab a few friends and make a night of it.

 

6 – Take in a show at Rainbow Stage
Rainbow Stage really is fun for the whole family! Whether it’s a date with friends or your partner, taking in some live talent is always fun. Nicole L always enjoys taking in a show over the summer!

 

7 – Visit the Zoo
Who doesn’t love the zoo?! Being able to walk around outdoors while learning about all the different animals at The Zoo has been a favourite past time of many of the JRC staff who will still take opportunities to get to the Zoo with nieces, nephews, cousins and all the other littles in their lives.

 

8 – St.Norbert Farmers Market
We are so lucky in Manitoba to have access to so many amazing farmer’s markets! From the downtown farmers markets to smaller markets popping up in small towns everywhere, we love supporting our local community. The St.Norbert Farmers Market is iconic and heading to the market on a Saturday morning to enjoy the local produce, treats and other goods from crafters and makers is a fun way to kick off the weekend.

 

9 – Take a long weekend and go to the lake!
Mini golf? Ice cream? The Beach? Fishing? What can’t you do at the lake!? Taking a long weekend to head to the lake is a favourite past time of many staff at JRC including Jeff, Jenna and Ashley’s Dad! “I have a fishing boat and love to go out on the river or one of the many lakes close by and try to catch some fish. I am also trying to improve my golf game. Maybe I can break 90 by the end of the summer!”

 

10 – Bonfires + BBQ’S
What is more Manitoban during the summer than Bonfires and BBQs? “Buying marshmallows, chocolate, and crackers, and heading out to one of the sites at Assiniboine Park is one of my fav things in the city! Not only is it relatively cheap but with a fire site that is ready to go, it’s also super easy.” – Josee

11 – Walk the Forks
Is it just us thinking this, or does The Forks keep getting better and better? The Forks always used to be an amazing tourist destination and all the recent improvements over the past few years have made The Forks THE place to be this summer. The Common’s new outdoor licensed area is filled with comfortable seating and cute lights dangling from the tree’s and with the announcement of their #targetzero project aiming to go zero garbage, you’ll be supporting a wonderful initiative to improve our planet.

 

12 – Camping + Hiking.
With the limited warm weather months, camping is a fun option for those with an adventurous streak! Jordain loves to go camping over the weekend when she can and will often hit up local areas for some evenings under the stars. Manitoba has a lot to offer for walks and hikes! You can enjoy the wilderness at places like Fort Whyte Alive right in Winnipeg, or branch out to Birds Hill Park or take in the trails in the Pembina Valley.

 

13 – Festivals
Summer in Manitoba is filled with festivals! From local festivals in small towns to Winnipeg favourites like Folklorama and Many Fest, there’s a festival for everyone in the summer. Aelea is looking forward to attending the first Sunflower Expo at A Maze In Corn this summer– over 40 varieties of sunflowers with craft beer, wine and live music.

 

14 – Slurpees!
What is more Winnipeg than being sure to indulge in as many slurpees as you can?! Claire loves getting in slurpees all summer long!

 

15 – Patio Life
Winnipegers take true advantage of patio season! From the time a patio opens, Winnipegers will bundle up as much as they need to accommodate the weather just to sit outdoors for their food and drinks. A favourite place of Jenna Reid is The Roost on Corydon for fun cocktails in the summer!

How do you make the most of summer? We would love to hear how you enjoy the short, but sweet, summer we have here in Manitoba!

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.

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!

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