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Vancity Vendor: Jenny Bakes

May 1st, 2015 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Jenny Bakes

Jenny Galloway - photo by Jarusha Brown Photography Jenny Galloway first tried her hand at baking after finding out that her son was highly allergic to peanuts. That was 8 years ago. She loved it so much and after multiple online courses and workshops, she decided to open her own little cake business called Jenny Bakes. I met her for the first time at the Just Add Love Wedding Show. It was there that I fell in love with her work and her salted caramel cupcake… I enjoyed it so much I just had to have her on the blog :)

Jenny Bakes offers custom peanut-free cakes, cupcakes, cookies and desserts like cake pops, cakes in jars, as well as traditional Mexican desserts (Jenny being from Mexico herself). Her prices are reasonable… cakes starting at $50, cupcakes at $3.50 each and cookies at $4 a piece. Delivery to your venue is possible but price depends on the location. It starts at $15 without setup and $65 with set up. If you love her work, she recommends booking 2 months in advance, just keep in mind that the summer months are busy so it’s best to book early rather than miss out. Keep an eye out for her promotions on social media. She also has a package available on Weddingful at the moment. To stay updated on her work, check out her social media links below:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jenny Bakes - photo by D'Soleil Photography

A Few Words With Jenny…

Jenny Bakes - photo by Jarusha Brown Photography What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I tell them that there’s always an option. If budget is an issue they can always have a small symbolic cake for them to cut and cupcakes for the rest of their guests. I like to talk to them and try to come up with a solution together without compromising the look or quality of their cake. I also think that these days less is more. Simpler cakes, naked and rustic cakes that are more affordable than big tiered caked covered in fondant with lots of details. I also prefer fresh flowers to elaborated sugar flowers that make the design more affordable. As you see, there’s always a solution.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I think is my style. I like more rustic, home made feel type of cakes. Fresh and natural. Lots of fresh flowers and fruit.”

Do you cater to different dietary requests?
“I do. Well all my products are 100% peanut free but I also offer vegan, gluten free, dairy and egg-free.”

Jenny Bakes - photo by Jarusha Brown Photography

Are you always looking to come out with new flavours? What’s your most interesting flavor so far, and which is your most favourite to eat?
“All the time! I love combining flavours and textures. I love cooking as well which has a huge impact on my baking. My last 2 new flavours are the London Fog cupcake which is an Earl Grey cupcake topped with lightly infused lavender whipped cream and the Affogato cupcake which is a vanilla cake topped with espresso buttercream. But my favourite one is the 3 Leches cake which is a traditional Mexican dessert. I just can’t get enough of it!”

Jenny Bakes - photo by Taylor Roades Photography

Jenny Bakes - photo by D'Soleil Photography What kind of ingredients do you normally use?
“High quality ingredients, local and organic as much as I can. To me it is very important to deliver a high quality product. I have been questioned by other bakers and clients on my decision to use organic free range eggs for example, or high quality butter, as the cost is higher than regular eggs but like I always say, I wouldn’t sell anything I wouldn’t eat myself or make for my family. I know that the cost of my cakes will be higher but you can be sure that the quality is higher as well. I am always trying to use local and organic as much as I can without going out of budget.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Everything. This is not a business for me, I have a full time, Mon to Fri job but I bake because it just makes me happy. I love meeting my clients, especially couples and Jenny Bakes - photo by D'Soleil Photography being part of their wedding process.  I feel honored when they choose me to make their wedding cake. It is such an important day and I feel like I am part of it in a way.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is your cake and it is a special day. Ask as many questions as you need. Also don’t be afraid to talk about prices and your budget. I know the cake is an important part of your wedding but it doesn’t need to take all of your budget. Lastly, enjoy your day! It goes by so fast.”

All photos provided by Jenny Bakes

Photographer credits: D’Soleil Photography, Jarusha Brown Photography (Feature photo – Vancity Vendor), Taylor Roades Photography (Vancity Vendor)

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