LenJo Bakes Does Movember – The Back Story

2021 update: This past March we were introduced to an incredible man by the name of Glenn. His friends in Michigan wanted to send him a care package as he was, yet again, battling complications from prostate cancer. They found us on Google, we made the treats, and dropped them off. I shared our family’s history with prostate cancer (my dad, my granddad) with Glenn and thus began a lovely friendship that often included chocolate chip cookies (Glenn’s favourite) and lemon macarons (because his daughter loved them). Glenn passed away last month after 17 years; a length of time only possible because of the research made possible by donations to foundations like The Movember Foundation. We will always think of Glenn when making chocolate chip cookies and never take down the reminder on our wall to “Call Glenn for lemon macarons”. This year we’re raising money (via moustache sugar cookies or cash donations) in memory of our friend Glenn, a new friend who felt like an old friend. May he rest in peace.

2020 update: I wrote this blog post in November 2015. I was living and working in London, England when I received the worst news of my life – my dad had cancer. I moved home in September (for good, I thought) after his surgery wasn’t the cure we’d hoped for. After enduring a horrible course of radiotherapy requiring a 6 month wait to see if it worked, my incredible father insisted I get back on a plane to continue pursing my dreams. Fortunately my father is nearing remission (2 more years) but I know there are many for whom this is not their reality. More research is needed. More men need to be tested more frequently. More awareness needs to be raised. If you’re keen to help, we’ll be selling mo’carons in the shop for the entire month of November! You can also make a donation directly to The Movember Foundation here.


For those of you that don’t know, it’s November! But really, November means Movember.

What’s Movember you ask?

Movember started in Australia back in 2003. Thirty guys grew mustaches in the month of November, just to see if they could get the faded fashion trend to come back. After seeing the attention they could garner from the previous year, in 2004 they raised money and donated it to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Fast forward and in the last 12 years Movember has grown to 21 participating countries, almost 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, $677 million CDN raised, and 832 men’s health projects funded. The Movember Foundation was ranked 72nd out of the top 500 non-government organizations in the world. (Source.)

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you go about making a positive change in the world.

So what does this have to do with LenJo Bakes? (more…)

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Gift Cards

We now have physical gift cards available at LenJo Bakes!*

You can load each card with any denomination you like starting from as little as $5.

These gift cards are perfect for family, friends, co-workers, neighbours, or anyone else!

(They also work as a nice gift for *future* you. Just put it in a place you’ll forget about, find it a few months later and – voila – treats for you!)

*If you would prefer to give an electronic gift card (i.e. you don’t live in the area, but you’re sending love to someone who does) you can do that here. You’ll just need an email address for the recipient.

Thank you so much for choosing to support a local, small business! We wouldn’t be here without you ❤

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Weddings

Trio of cakes depicting possible wedding cake designs.

Sometimes the most challenging part of planning a wedding or any large event is figuring out everything you don’t know!

Our goal is to ensure that you have all of the information you need to make all decisions regarding your sweet treat as low-stress as possible! Whether you want a cake, macaron favours, customized cookies, or a dessert buffet to rival all others – we’ve got you covered.

So here it is! The ultimate “What do I need to know before booking LenJo Bakes for my wedding?” guide. You can also refer to our page on bespoke cakes for general information on ordering with us. This is where you can find more information about the flavours and sizes we offer and more!

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Pay It Forward

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: LenJo Bakes has the *best* customers!

A while ago we had a customer who wanted to do something lovely for…well, whoever needed it! They were in a good place, but recognized that a lot of people weren’t.

They prepaid for a bunch of sweet treats and bevvies and gave us the pleasure of handing out the sweet surprises to someone whose day needed a bit of a lift. (Which was really just as lovely for us – giving gifts is the best!)

One of the customers who received a gifted treat, came back the week after (in a better place) and felt compelled to continue paying the generosity forward.

Another customer did the same.

And then another.

And then another…

It’s been months and we’re at the point where we’ve created a dedicated email and customer profile to organize all of the Pay It Forward gift cards we’ve received. This is to ensure that we’re doing our part in stewarding the gifts well and keeping track of each donation.

So how does one access some of the Pay It Forward funds?

Most often our staff will just do it based on our interaction! Maybe you seem a little down or it seems like you could use some kindness. Perhaps you’re getting ready to pay and realize you don’t have your wallet! (The worst!)

Sometimes we pick up on it, but sometimes we don’t. You might need to let us know. And trust us, there is no shame in that game! This isn’t charity or a handout – it’s a blessing; one that can be enjoyed guilt-free.

Additionally, if you know someone who is struggling and they can’t make it out to the shop themselves, please come in on their behalf! We are more than happy to have kindness delivered far and wide.

How can you contribute?

You can purchase an electronic gift card on our website. Put “payitforward” @lenjobakes.com as the recipient email address and “Pay It Forward” as the recipient name.

You can also add an electronic gift card to your purchase in-store and specify it’s for the Pay It Forward account.

We didn’t start this generous venture, but we are more than happy to facilitate it and ensure the reach is as wide as possible.

We love you, KW!! Thank you for being an incredible place with incredible people for LenJo Bakes to call home.

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What’s Your Flavour?

Let’s explore one of elements that will make up your spectacular, completely bespoke custom cake: the flavour!

As a standard, each cake tier will have 4 layers of cake and 3 layers of filling.

Our extra tall tiers have 6 layers of cake and 4 layers of filling (split into two cakes of 3 layers of cake, two layers of filling divided by a cake board).

Although we have curated a small list of options available below, the sky is the limit! Tell us what your favourite flavours are and we’ll figure out a way to deliver.

We’re happy to provide both gluten-friendly and dairy-free alternatives for nearly all of our cakes and fillings!

We are a peanut-free facility, but we do make products with tree nuts and other common allergens.

Cake Flavour Options

Each tier can be a different flavour of cake.

  • vanilla (add sprinkles for funfetti!)
  • lemon (or any other citrus)
  • Earl Grey (or any other tea)
  • banana*
  • chocolate
  • mocha
  • toasted coconut
  • carrot*

*not available in 4″ unless ordered with another tier

Cake Filling Options

These fillings can be combined or alternated for each layer of filling. Why choose just one!?

  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream
    • vanilla
    • chocolate
    • lemon
    • roasted hazelnut
    • roasted almond
  • Curd
    • lemon
    • lime
    • passion fruit
    • mango
  • Fresh berries (seasonal)
  • Ganache
    • dark chocolate
    • mocha
    • raspberry
  • Salted Caramel
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Let’s Put ‘Em Together!

Here are some flavour combinations we’ve done in the past for some inspo!

  • vanilla cake with raspberry buttercream and lemon curd
  • vanilla cake with cassis (blackcurrant) buttercream
  • vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream and passionfruit curd
  • vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream and champagne gel
  • funfetti!! a.k.a. vanilla cake with sprinkles and vanilla buttercream
  • chocolate cake with roasted hazelnut buttercream
  • chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and dark cherry compote
  • chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and salted caramel
  • lemon cake with lemon curd and fresh berries
  • toasted coconut cake with mango buttercream
  • carrot cake with cream cheese buttercream
  • banana cake with dark chocolate ganache

Now that you’ve worked out what you want your cake to taste like, check out our post on cake sizes to determine just how much cake you’ll need for you special event!

Ready to schedule a consult with us? Check out our availability calendar to get started!

Availability Calendar

The calendar below depicts our upcoming availability for bespoke orders (cakes and sweet treats).

From something “small and simple” to weddings, birthdays, and everything in between.

The calendar reads like a stop light!

Green means go! We are freely booking this day.

Yellow means proceed with caution. We have others interested in this date and/or have other orders booked. We may be able to accommodate depending on what you’d like to order, but we’d suggest having a consult sooner rather than later!

Red means uh oh! We’re fully booked for that date and won’t be able to accommodate any other orders.

Once you’ve confirmed our availability, you can schedule a consultation with us below to discuss your bespoke order!

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We require at least 10 days’ notice from the date of your consultation for a bespoke cake order.

We’ll do our best to accommodate your request, but there will be times that we cannot.

Requesting a consultation does not guarantee that we will be able to fulfill your order.

If your date is popular (hello wedding season (May to October) and holidays (Easter! Mother’s Day! Thanksgiving! Christmas!) we might be booked by the time your consultation comes around so schedule early to avoid disappointment!

Book your consultation below!

Does Size Really Matter?

You hear the question all the time – does size really matter?

In relation to choosing a cake which will be the centrepiece of your special event the answer is: sometimes.

Size *does* matter when: there is a budget, there are other desserts/sweet treats at the event, your guests aren’t really cake people.

Size does not matter when: you want something to “look big” in photos, you want a 2-tier cake that feeds 8 people, or your venue/event does not allow for sufficient storage of a larger cake.

We always recommend catering for about 80% of your guests to have cake. Unless you know that your guests are really into cake (or really not) cake fans, that percentage tends to provide the ideal number of servings.

Using your guest count and our cake cutting and stacking guides below, you can figure out the size and style of cake you’d like!

There are a few general “rules” to abide by for the stacking guide to ensure that you have a cake that is aesthetically pleasing.

For single tier cakes, an 8″ is the largest we’d prefer to make. If you need more servings, head on up to a double tier!

For a standard double, triple, or quad tier cake: the difference between tiers is 2″. Example: a 4″ and 6″ stack.

For a wide double or triple tier cake: the difference between tiers is 4″. Example: a 4″ and 8″ stack.

For a tall triple tier cake: one of the tiers is extra tall – meaning there are 2 cakes separated by a cake board in one of the tiers (typically the middle tier). This will yield approximately 1.5 times the servings of our standard cake.

Take note on the style you like the best and head on over to our availability page to confirm your date is available and schedule a consultation with us to book your bespoke cake!

I Wish I Was A Little Bit Taller…

When a little height makes a *big* difference!

If you’re displaying your cake as a centrepiece at your special event, then it needs to take on the look of a centrepiece.

Your cake needs to be easily spotted across the room, draw attention to itself, and announce, “Here I am! Come look at me!” if that’s the vibe you want!

The easiest way to achieve this is by placing your beautiful cake on a stand.

You’re providing height, adding drama (depends on how ostentatious your stand is), and allowing your cake to take centre stage with authority!

We have a few options of cake and cupcake stands available to rent here at LenJo Bakes and we hope to grow our collection as time goes along.

If you’re having a dessert table, we may have platters available for you to rent as well!

If you choose to rent from us, there is a clause in our terms and conditions that pertain specifically to stand rentals, so be sure to take a look.