My name is Jeney and I am the Empress of this Sugary Empire of Joy. 😉
I have been with my partner, Brian (Mr. Cupcake), since 2010 and contractually obligated to file taxes together since 2012. We have two children; Oliver (Big Sprinkle) and Lincoln (Little Sprinkle). We also have an adorably derpy rescue dog named George. But enough about me. Why don't I tell you a little bit more about how this little bakery was started?
I graduated with my Undergraduate degree in 2008 right amidst the Recession. I had big plans to take my degree back to Chicago where I grew up and establish myself as the next big journalist of my generation. But, in reality, I had to take whatever job I could get my hands on. After all, those student loan bills would be showing up in my mailbox sooner rather than later.
Fast forward ten years and I had come and go from eight different jobs, earned myself another (kind of worthless) degree, fallen in love, moved to and from three different states (none of them Illinois), purchased two houses, and now held the tiniest thing I never knew I could love in my arms. Looking in to that squishy little face, I knew he deserved more than a mom who was miserable the majority of her waking hours at work.
Hell. I deserved better.
You see, in the cold Minnesota winter of 2018, I found myself at the end of maternity leave with terrible anxiety about returning to my soul-sucking desk job. It wasn’t that I wanted to be stay-at-home mom; on the contrary, I wanted to return to work. But returning to that job? The insurance sales position which brought be absolutely no joy, mountains of anxiety, all encased in an incredibly toxic workplace? Nope. I was not looking forward to it.
I had dreamed of owning my own bakery for decades. When I had moved 600 miles away from my family and friends to Fargo, I found solace in baking. My mother taught me how to bake when I was young, and it helped me feel centered in my new normal. Then, suddenly in 2014, my mother died of a heart attack. Her lessons have stayed with me and, in fact, many of the recipes I use are written in her own handwriting on old fashioned recipe cards.
So, during those frigid, dark weeks of my maternity leave I made a decision. I decided to face my fears, get the licensing needed, and officially open Peney Cakes from my very own kitchen. Baking the recipes that have been handed down to me from my family and friends, I find incredible joy in creating gourmet cupcakes, cheesecakes, and desserts for my clients. Seeing those smiles spread on their faces when they pick up their orders is – hands down – so much more satisfying than adjusting the coverage limits on auto policies.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for stopping by and getting to know me. I hope someday I have the honor of getting to know you, too!
If you bring the cold brew, I’ll bring the cupcakes. 😉
Are you Peney?
Sort of! The nickname my mom and grandpa called me growing up was "Jeney-Peney" - so that's where Peney Cakes comes from! If you want to call me Peney, go right ahead! I'll still probably answer to it.
Where are you located?
I am not your typical brick and mortar bakery! While I do bake and package out of a commercial space in downtown Fergus Falls, most of my sales are done online or in a mobile fashion via Pop-Up Shops and my Cupcake Trailer! I do also have a Bakery Case with daily deals, though. Check the next question for more details on that.
Do you sell individual cupcakes? Do you have anything “in stock”?
You have two options here - to start, I do have a bakery case right outside the rear entrance of Toast (116 S. Union Ave) which I stock up with brownies, cookies, and (of course) cupcakes. You can grab yourself some last minute goodies there to treat yo' self or for that gathering you completely forgot about. 😉
You can also grab yourself individual cupcakes of my featured Flavors of the Week at either a Pop-Up Shop or a Cupcake Trailer Event! Keep your eyes on my social channels for these announcements.
Do you do variety boxes?
Variety packs are only available if you purchase Bakery Case or Flavors of the Week cupcakes. Since I work on such a small scale, it is not feasible to offer variety packs for custom orders.
Do you deliver?
Yes! As long as you are within 10 miles of my kitchen, I will deliver free if charge. However, if you live outside of that radius, appropriate delivery charges will be added to your order.
Do you have separate equipment and tools for your gluten free/dairy free products?
Sadly, no. I share a kitchen with other talented chefs and confectioners and all of our equipment comes in contact with wheat, dairy, nut, fish, soy, and other allergens on an almost daily basis. If you have a severe allergy, I would suggest not indulging in my products.
Are your dairy free products vegan?
They sure are! If you have more questions about vegan options, shoot me a message.
How much advance notice do you need for an order?
Ideally, two weeks for a fully customized order. This gives me plenty of time to gather all the supplies I need to make your desserts everything you want and more. However, I understand this isn’t always a possibility. I can whip up smaller orders of cupcakes in a day, and I do have plenty of fun sprinkles, colored liners, and toppers on hand if you’re willing to be flexible!