Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats

Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats

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Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats by Jenna Hutchinson and Ashely Kosowan is a cookbook that will give you tips and techniques to recreate many of the authors’ signature desserts. It has a wealth of stylish photos and definitely gives readers an insight as to how the famous Manitoba bakery came to be. While the pages will leave you drooling, many of these recipes have a large number of steps that will seem daunting to some.

Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet TreatsTitle: Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats: Over 100 Recipes for the Modern Baker
Author: Jenna Hutchinson, Ashley Kosowan
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Beloved family-owned Canadian bakery Jenna Rae Cakes shares over 100 recipes for its most delectable--and most beautiful--sweet treats.

Jenna Hutchinson was in the middle of applying to dental school when she saw an episode of Cake Boss and thought, I can do that! Little did she know, that moment would set her life off in a new direction, and she and her twin sister Ashley would go on to own one of Canada's most successful and celebrated bakeries, Jenna Rae Cakes.

Now, in Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats, Jenna and Ashley reveal the tried and true recipes, flavours, and show-stopping designs that put them on the map. Inside you will find recipes for over 100 of the most vibrant and decadent cookie sandwiches, cupcakes, party squares, cakes, macarons, cream puffs, and more. Known for the long list of rotating flavour options they offer each day at the shop, Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats features all of their fan favourites, including Cotton Candy Cupcakes, Lemon Meringue Party Squares, Salted Caramel Macarons, Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Sandwiches, Salted Dark Chocolate Espresso Cake, and many more. Dive in and let the mouthwatering photography inspire you to bake your very own Instagram-worthy treats with spectacular results. With Jenna and Ashley's insider tips, your baking will reach a colourful, flavourful, and stylish new level in no time.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats

I have to admit that the minute I saw the cover for this book, I was instantly drawn in by the stunning cover. The styling and pretty treats are certainly eye-catching in this one. There is also no shortage of photos within its pages, so for those who love a cookbook that will look lovely on a shelf, this is one to add.

❀ Inspirational story

The story that the authors tell at the beginning of the book is quite interesting and I am sure that most will find inspirational. These women have definitely created an amazing business that has caught the attention of many. It is a book that fans of their shop and those who have seen them featured in Martha Stewart Weddings will enjoy.

❀ Detailed Instructions

There are quite a few different types of desserts to create from this book and it has quite a lot of chapters to choose from. The instructions are very explicit and detailed with tips for just about everything from ingredients to styling. If you have the time and desire to recreate one of the treats in this book, you are pretty much guaranteed perfect results.

The contents are as follows:

  • Cookie Sandwiches
  • Cupcakes
  • Party Squares
  • Cakes
  • Cream Puffs
  • Macarons
  • Candies and Confections
  • Fillings and Buttercream

❀ Pumpkin Spice muffins are a lot of fuss

Since it is pumpkin spice season and I am all about pumpkin spice right now, the Pumpkin Spice Muffin recipe was a no-brainer for me. The meticulous instructions did give me the tools to make some delicious bakery-worthy muffins. My only complaint is that for a home baker, I am not one for recipes that have a lot of steps. The muffins themselves were easy enough, but then there was a cream cheese icing to make, a crumble topping to bake, and a caramel sauce to whip up before assembling.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

❀ A Gorgeous Cookbook

Jenna Rae Cakes and Treats is one to try if you enjoy a gorgeous cookbook that has lots of ideas for creating your own bakery-style treats. The steps are quite detailed and are sure to provide fantastic results.

About Ashley Kosowan

ASHLEY KOSOWAN is a graphic designer and photo stylist, and co-owner of Jenna Rae Cakes. She got her start in the wedding industry as Creative Director for a local wedding magazine, and has gone on to design and manage the Jenna Rae Cakes brand. Ashley's favourite sweet treats are Cotton Candy Macarons and Red Velvet Cupcakes. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and two children, Leo and Millie.

About Jenna Hutchinson

JENNA HUTCHINSON is a self-taught baker and cake designer, and co-owner and founder of Jenna Rae Cakes. She is known for her classic, elegant approach to cake design, and for her trendy and intricate creations. Jenna's favourite sweet treats are Salted Caramel Macarons. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and daughter, Lilah.


About Lori

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29 thoughts on “Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats

  1. Rosie says:

    I love gorgeous cookbooks! I like to read them before bedtime, and look at recipes and pictures more often than making some of the recipes, but never tire of it, when it is a nice cookbook, especially baking. This would make a nice gift, too.

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    this really is such a pretty cover. thanks for your review. I love lots of pictures and clear and concise instructions while cooking.

  3. Lori Smanski says:

    I dont think my comment went through. Such a pretty cover. Thanks for your review. I love cookbooks with clear and concise instructions as well as lots of pictures

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