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.

 

Win an Exclusive Harry Potter Day Shopping Experience

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Day 2019 Contest

 

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!

 

What you’ll win:

– Skip the line of witches, wizards and muggles on Harry Potter Day and enjoy a private shopping experience before the shop opens to enjoy seeing all the magically inspired treats from your favourite books and movies!

– Indulge in a glass of butterbeer for you and your friends to make you feel like you’re hanging out at The Three Broomsticks.

– Take home a 4″ Happee Birthdae Harry cake to share with your friends

– Let the wand choose you when you and your friends each take home a locally handmade wand!

 

How to enter:

– Step 1 – Join our owl list (we promise we won’t send any howlers)

– Step 2 – Comment on our Instagram post and tag the friends you’d take with you on your magical pre-shop adventure!

Already on our owl list? Just tag your friends in the comments of our Instagram post!

 

Winner announcement:

– One lucky muggle will be randomly selected from the Goblet of Fire on 5pm on July 26th. The winner will be announced on our Instagram stories.

 

Keep an eye on our Instagram stories for a special EXTRA ENTRY that will only be available over Instagram stories!

We hope you brewed your Liquid Luck correctly!

Want to see all the magical treats inspired by Harry Potter we will have available? Click HERE to find out!

Jenna Rae Cakes Harry Potter Theme Day 2019

 

*Winner must be on our mailing list to win. Contest to run Monday, July 22nd – July 26th at 5pm. Winner must show their DM and say the secret password to enter upon arrival.*

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

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

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!

 

Talking Shop: How We Stay Creative in a Fast-Paced and Saturated Market

A while back on Instagram we received a suggestion for a blog post that would share how we stay creative in the always evolving, fast-paced and saturated market of bakeries. We loved the question and thought that right now would be a great time to share our answer as we just finished up Valentine’s Day – a huge commercial holiday where every person is trying to get your attention to buy their products over anyone else.

 

Creativity can take on a lot of different forms. To us, being creative means curating new products and flavours within the parameters of what our customers would want to try. We stay creative by thinking of the customer first. What would they want? What will they get excited about? When we opened the bakery in March of 2014, Jenna and I had no prior experience in a bakery kitchen. There are a lot of negatives that came from this (a lot of trial and error!) but a huge positive was that we didn’t have any limitations on what we thought a “bakery menu” should consist of. We added menu items and flavours that we would get excited about as customers, even though we didn’t know of any other bakeries with the same kind of menu we wanted to implement. Luckily, a lot of other people in Winnipeg had the same sweet tooth that we did, and we haven’t looked back!

 

Our bakers love the product we put out, which makes them the perfect product creators in our kitchen. The best flavours come from them when they’re going about their every day lives then suddenly get inspired and think, ‘this would make a great macaron flavour!’. Some of the flavours that have been inspired this way have been Fuzzy Peach (a favourite candy), Balsamic Strawberry (inspired by a trip to an Olive Oil shop in NYC), and Dunkaroo (our sister’s favourite childhood treat).

We also love working with the strengths of our team members. A number of our team members enjoy working with chocolate, so we are always looking for ways to allow them to work with their preferred medium. Some of our team members have a more refined palette so they bring more of the mature flavours to our menu (think of our Goat Cheese Pistachio or Salted Dark Chocolate Espresso macarons) while others have a major sweet tooth that resonates with the majority our customer base who can bring to life sugary sweet flavours like Sour Cherry Blaster, Lucky Charms and Cotton Candy. Playing to the strengths of your team can keep creativity flowing and allow you to have a variety of items on your menu that will always feel fresh to your customers.

 

The biggest and best way to stay creative in a fast-paced and saturated market is knowing how important it is to stay true to your brand and company vision so you don’t get lost in all of the trends. What is your brand? What is your vision for your company? Who is your target market? Trends come and go but those three will generally stay the same. Trends are fun to take part in (hello, Unicorn Cake!), but they come and go and you don’t want to build your company around them.

 

It can be easy to be overwhelmed with the onslaught of creative and incredible looking sweet treats available to customers, both locally and in the online world of Instagram and Pinterest. Our best advice is to stay true to your business, play to your strengths, and only add items and flavours to your menu that you know your customers will love. And if you don’t know what those are, just ask! Your customers would love to give you feedback on what they love and what they would like to see. This can be a great starting point to sorting through all of the inspiration out there and finding what ideas are worth exploring.

 

Keep your brand in mind and everything else will follow!

 

Happy baking!

Ashley and Jenna, Co-Owners

 

Our Ten Spa Experience

There are so many good things we could say about Ten Spa that it’s hard to know where to begin! As you’ve seen on Instagram, we’ve been enjoying monthly facials at Ten Spa by our Facialist, Elmira, who has been treating our skin to lovely treatments all winter long.

 

Winter, especially here in Winnipeg, makes our skin so dry so we feel extra grateful to have discovered the wide variety of facials they have available at Ten Spa. And when we say a wide variety, we mean it! We’ve enjoyed trying so many of their facials and we work with Elmira to pick the one that will be best for us when we come in. She get’s to know you and your skin so she can make educated suggestions on what your skin really needs.

 

So far, here’s what Ashley has had the opportunity to experience:
Hot Peel Facial which is an advanced anti-ageing facial which firms and lifts your skin.
Oxygen Facial that is serious about battling blemishes and also super-soothing to help calm irritated acne-prone skin.
Signature Deep Detox Facial which was originally designed for those who need a glowing complexion on demand.
Skin RX treatment which is an innovative skin care concept delivering quick and effective medical grade treatments.

Jenna has had the opportunity to experience:
Lymphatic Facial which is a ‘turn-back-time’ treatment that detoxifies and ‘depuffs’.
Hot Peel Facial which is an advanced anti-ageing facial which firms and lifts your skin.

We’ve loved taking you behind the scenes of our facials on our Instagram stories and the response to seeing the oxygen facial in all the steps was so great! So many of you had been wondering about the process for a facial so we were happy to take you along for the journey.

You can learn more about their treatments and book online by visiting www.tenspa.ca

PLUS! We want you to experience all the goodness we’ve enjoyed over at Ten Spa!
On February 13th, Ten Spa is having a ONE DAY SALE!
Spend $200.00 in Gift Certificates and receive:
– $10.00 off Coupon for Ten Spa
– 15% off Retail Product Coupon
– 10% off JRC Coupon!

Ten Spa also has a Valentine’s Day Weekend Promo! This Thursday, February 14th – Sunday, February 17th, book their Ultimate Day Pass and get 2 glasses of complimentary champagne (per couple)! Bring your sweetheart and enjoy a Valentine’s Day experience that will be hard to top!

Winter Menu

The excitement of the holidays are over and the vacationers are posting all their dreamy warm weather photos on Instagram. We are left hanging out together in Winterpeg making the most and actually enjoying the winter months we have come to know, accept and now love.

 

There are so many things we love about Winter in Winnipeg! Being able to spend time at The Forks on the river trail, teaching little ones to skate on outdoor and backyard skating rinks, the experience of Festival Du Voyageur, and how great coming inside feels to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and the warmth of cozy blankets. Winnipeg in Winter is actually a fun place to be when you know how to embrace it.

 

To embrace all that is beautiful about Winnipeg in winter, we’ve launched our Winter Menu at The Forks. Our holiday favourites like candy cane, sugar cookie and buttertart are back in the JRC vault until December and it’s time to bring back some old favourites. Take a look at our Winter Menu below.

 

WINTER MENU
THE FORKS

Birthday Cake Batter and Lucky Charms macarons by Jenna Rae Cakes

MACARONS

Salted Caramel*
Toasted Coconut*
Nutella*
Cookie Dough
Birthday Cake Batter
Sour Cherry Blaster*
Brownie Batter
Hot Chocolate Marshmallow*
Cotton Candy*
Lucky Charms
Vanilla Sprinkle*
Oreo

*= glutenless. Our kitchen contains gluten so we cannot guarantee against cross contamination.

 

Cotton Candy Cookie Dough Cups by Jenna Rae Cakes

COOKIE DOUGH CUPS

Birthday Cake**
Cotton Candy**
Chocolate Chip**

**= Vegan. Our kitchen contains non-vegan items so we cannot guarantee against cross contamination.

cookie sandwich stack by Jenna Rae Cakes

COOKIE SANDWICHES

Our cookie sandwiches change each day! We’ll always have your favourite, Toffee Salted Caramel, but all of our other flavours will rotate each day.

 

Remember to visit our Instagram to see our daily menu posts to find out which sweet treats you’ll be able to enjoy at both of our locations. Jenna Rae Cakes at The Forks is open daily from 10am – 9pm. Bundle up and we’ll see you soon!

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