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Jeanne’s cakes have been a family tradition since I was little. When picking up a birthday cake for our sons 26th birthday, I saw this gorgeous cake with blue icing! My husband and I had just come back from this tropical trip of a lifetime(we won the trip at a charity event we supported) and my girlfriends invited me to come share my holiday pictures with them. I got the idea to create a tropical cake for them to enjoy for our evening! Voila…girls nite out! (picture attached) I think I had the most fun creating the sand with demerera sugar and tropical theme. The cake was a hit!
My husband, Jon, and I were married on March 30, 1968. As a wedding gift, my sister bought the wedding cake, which we requested be a Jeanne’s cake. Jeanne’s cakes have been a long standing tradition in my family for birthdays. There was a layered white cake used for all the photos and a slab cake to be served to guests.
During the wedding reception, we walked around to the tables and served pieces of cake to our guests. When we got to my sister’s table, which was across the room from where we’d started, she let out a scream! There was no shortbread on the bottom of the cake.
We went running into the kitchen to find that the staff at the hotel had thrown the shortbread into the garbage thinking that it was a cardboard base!! It wasn’t funny at the time, but it has served for a great story for the past 40 years.
In addition, we kept the upper layer of the wedding cake in the freezer until our 25th wedding anniversary. We took it out of the freezer, took it to my sister’s for our anniversary dinner celebration, put the bell decoration on top and took photos. We didn’t dare to eat it after 25 years but we had fun remembering the “no shortbread story”.
I have a photo of us serving the cake at our wedding and photos of the layered cake at the wedding and at our 25th anniversary. I also have a copy of the bill for the cake – a grand sum of $16.50!!
Jeanne’s cakes are still a tradition in our family, especially for birthdays. We also like the convenience of being able to pick them up from locations close to home.
– Gina Anderson
This past week, I ordered a cake for my aunt for her 90th birthday. I’m not sure why, but when I saw your contact e-mail, I wanted to just let you know our families’ connection to Jeanne’s Bakery. I guess a milestone birthday like 90 will do that to people…..
My grandparents immigrated to Winnipeg from Belgium at the same time as the Van Landegems (Jeanne and her husband). My mother and aunts grew up with the Van Landegems and were good friends with their “kids” – so whenever we visited the bakery over the years, my mother had to say hello Winnipegers, I “grew up” on Jeanne’s Cakes. To this day, not a family birthday goes by without one.
Anyways, 90 years later, here we are celebrating another birthday with another Jeanne’s cake. Here’s to cakes that feel like “home” and remind us of our roots.
P.S. Marguerite’s 90th birthday celebration was a great success, with the Jeanne’s cake centre stage. Keep up the good work, carrying on the Jeanne’s cake tradition.
My children and I moved to Calgary in 1982. Before that, for every one of our birthdays, I would pick up our favorite cake – the Marble Jeannie Cake! After we moved birthdays never seemed the same but anytime I went home to Winnipeg (yes Wpg. is still home after all these years), I would bring home a Jeannie cake. Carrying that and the Koubasa and Kub bread would get me some strange looks going through security For awhile there was a store at the airport that sold the cakes that made it very convenient Needless to say my family looked forward to my returning home.
I had told all my Calgary friend about the famous Jeannie cakes and one day I got a phone call from a friend here in Calgary that they were for sale at an independent grocery a store in the northeast of Calgary! The store is owned by former Winnipegers who import them to Calgary. Yay! I immediately called my daughter to tell her the exciting news. Just happens that she lives just a few blocks from that store! Needless to say our next family get together included Marble Jeannie Cake for dessert.
My next birthday I had two Jeannie cakes – one from my friends and one from my kids. Now we can pick up a cake for any occasion My Grandson just turned 12 and guess what cake he asked for on his birthday? Yup a Jeannie cake. That’s the third generation of Jeannie Cake lovers.
PS I always save my “crust” to savour last.
My family and friends think I come home to Winnipeg each year to see them but in their heart of hearts, they know it’s all about the cake. They always have one on order whether there’s a birthday to celebrate or not and I know never to leave Winnipeg empty handed when it’s time to return home. It’s the only souvenir that my kids want to see when I get off the plane and my only assurance of a ride home.
This summer I came to Winnipeg to celebrate my 60th birthday and there were Jeanne’s cakes coming out the “wazoo.” My brother-in-law and I found every opportunity to have just one more piece. After 3 days of Jeanne’s cake at every meal, my 2 1/2 year old niece through up her hands and said, “Is it your birthday again ?” I left Winnipeg with two cakes this time, one of which was dropped off in Vancouver and the other which is resting quietly in my freezer in Whitehorse,Yukon. It will be shared only with my most favourite people. Thank you, Jeanne’s for this wonderful tradition that binds Winnipeggers together wherever we might land.
– Heather Dickson
Jeannie’s Bakery was the utopia of all our birthday parties. I grew up in a family of nine. Times were tough. Ordering in food or purchasing store bought baking was unheard of in the 60’s. BUT, when it was someone’s birthday, my Mom always and I mean always, order a Jeannie’s cake. Later on in life we all went our different ways in life. When my Mom got wind that I was coming home for a visit, she always made sure that a Jeannie’s cake was waiting for me.
The smell of the icing and biting into that great cake with a shortbread crust was pure heaven. I always made sure that I bought one to take home with me. It would remain frozen in slices in my freezer and late at night I would sneak downstairs and each a piece without anybody knowing. I wasn’t one to SHARE my cake. What a great product. I never did ask my Mom how she found you but I’m glad she did.
– Rosanne Monaster
I had first birthday in Canada when I was 4 years old. It was the first time I ever had Jeanne’s cake. I loved the chocolate shavings. From that time on I always asked for Jeanne’s cake for my birthday – marble was my favorite flavor. When I was away for school in North Dakota – I brought over Jeanne’s cake for my American classmates- they loved it too. Since completing all my courses, working all over & traveling the globe I know that Jeanne’s cake is the best in the world. I can’t believe that I’ll be 39 years old this year & I will always order Jeanne’s cake.
– Christine Dino
With sadness, I write this email as I am just finishing my last piece of Jeanne’s cake from my freezer. Since my grandma’s death 7 years ago, we are privileged to have Jeanne’s cake only a couple times a year. My grandma would fly out to Vancouver two times a year until she was in her 80’s and would always bring two cakes along with her. As children, one of the first things we would ask her as she stepped off the plane, “Did you bring the cakes?” Jeanne’s cakes have been a part of our family for as long as I can remember. When we lived in Winnipeg, in the late 70’s, the cakes would always be in the family birthday pictures. At a recent family gathering, my cousins and I ate our Jeanne’s cake together and we began talking about how we eat our cake.
Everyone agreed that you must eat the cookie last. I have also taught this lesson to my husband 14 years ago and more recently my sister in law. As I mentioned earlier, we now only have Jeanne’s cake a couple times a year when our family visit Winnipeg. When my cake arrives in Vancouver, I quickly place it in my freezer and eat one piece a night. I don’t like to share it with my family members as I admit, I am a little greedy when it comes to my cake. Thank you Jeanne’s bakery for making such wonderful cakes. They are really a treat for my family!
– Karen Reid
Hello, I was recently going through some pictures and came across my very 1st Jeanne’s Birthday Cake in 1962, and then I found a picture with my 17th Jeanne’s Birthday Cake in 1978. I joined the Canadian Military shortly after my 17th Birthday and this adventure took me away from Winnipeg and my Jeanne’s Birthday Cakes.
But I will always have the memories of the best Birthday cakes ever.
I have been back to Winnipeg for short visits, but not often enough. In 1982 I was posted in a Canadian Forces Base in West Germany, in 1983 I was married, and in 1985 our first Son was born.
In 1986 we were able to travel from Germany to visit family in Winnipeg. Our Son’s first birthday took place during this visit…so you guessed it, his first birthday cake was a Jeanne’s Cake, unfortunately that was the last time I savoured a Jeanne’s Cake.
I’m sitting here writing this email craving a Jeanne’s Cake, I’ll see if my sister can send me one in the mail…Ha Ha, Hee Hee.
I sincerely want to thank you for the memories that Jeanne’s has brought out; until I found your Web page many of these memories had been repressed.
– Fred Solarz
Our family had lived in Winnipeg from the early 50s to early 70s. I remember that each year my dad bought my mom a red velvet cake from Eatons (when Eatons had a bakery) and each kid had a cake from Jeanne’s Bakery for their birthday. My mom and dad had passed a few years ago; and no doubt this was very hard on all the kids. We all grieve very differently and all at different paces. Just recently my older brother had begun opening up on his memories of mom and dad… and of course his memories always included how dad always bought a Jeanne cake–always remembering the shortbread crust. It is interesting how people remember such wonderful gestures and wonderful tastes–birthdays and cake. His birthday is coming up at the end of March and no doubt I will look into having a Jeanne cake being shipped out to Vancouver–it will be a nice memory for all of us.
Thank you so very much for baking up such wonderful memories for our family.
Kindest, Sharon Wong