Blondies Bake Shop is a little bakery tucked away in a strip of other small local Centerport businesses. I meet the owner Jessica Kennaugh at a wedding expo and decided I had to have their “Blondie Mobile” food truck at my wedding! After my first tasting with Jess I instantly was obsessed, not only was her creations more delicious then I’ve ever had but she was so welcoming and excited about our wedding! We ended going back to Blondies for our wedding cake (people still brag to me how our cake was the best they’ve ever had) and when I found out they offered baking classes, I was in! I gathered a group of friends and we made a night of it, with Cupcake wine and all!
Blondies offers a few different bake classes, we decided on cupcakes (obvi)! We started the the classics, vanilla and chocolate cakes (heavenly btw) and then made a basic buttercream. Jess left most of the heavy baking to us, with a few great tricks of the trade. The fun part happened when we got to frost! Jess taught us how to properly fill a piping bag and the best way to pipe our cupcakes. We were given a few different options for fillers and/or to mix into our buttercream to make new flavors. It was fun to get creative and make flavor combinations based on our individual tastes! One of my favorites was a chocolate cupcake with raspberry jam filling and a fresh raspberry buttercream, YUM! There were other flavors like peanut butter, nutella, marshmallow and coco. Basically, you couln’t go wrong!
Below are some pictures from our class (as you can see some people were better at decorating then others) and Jessica Kennaugh took some time to answer some of my questions!
How did you come up with the name for your bake shop?
Being a blonde was something I always used to my advantage. It was a handy excuse for the occasional ditzy moment. “oh, blondie.” When I decided to open a shop there was a lot of stress over the name until I put together that “blondie” always suited me and also happened to be the name of a sweet little snack!
What’s your favorite quote that keeps you inspired?
“Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” Tina Fey
Is my go to at the moment. It helps to keep me moving forward when I otherwise might get overly hung up on details.
What’s the one piece of advice you would tell another young business owner just starting out?
Be brave. Owning a business is the scariest thing I’ve ever done. So be brave and surround yourself with smart and patient people.
Any guilty pleasures?
Junk tv. I don’t have heaps of time for it, but when I have an hour of down time or am struggling through some cardio at the gym, shows on TLC about people with crazy deformities or extremely weird addictions are my jam.
Number one baking tip?
Read the recipe through at least once before you start. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve started a baking project with gusto and realized mid way through that I’m out of a crucial ingredient.
What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve learned so far?
You really can’t make everyone happy. . . and that has to be ok.
What is your most prized possession?
The pearl earrings my parents gave me for my 21st birthday.
What’s a typical work day like for you?
Unlike most bakers, my day usually starts at a pretty humane 8:30am. I’m not great at mornings. Luckily, I have amazing and talented bakers who are! I swing up to the shop to go over the day’s agenda and discuss upcoming projects with the team. Depending on the day, I usually hit the road again for a delivery or supply run or trip to the bank and sometimes try to sneak in a gym trip. In the early afternoon, I’m back at the shop for the rest of the day. I’ll use this time to answer emails and return phone calls. I’ll help customers and do some organizing, pricing, and planning. If I’m lucky, I’ll sneak in a test bake on a quiet afternoon.
What’s your go-to recipe at home?
It is embarrassing how rare my at home cooking adventures are. Beyond my usual “throw everything in the blender” smoothie, I guess my go to could be mac and cheese. Any cheese that’s kicking around gets tossed in along with the occasional handful of broccoli florets. That makes it healthy, right?
Stranded on a dessert island, what are three things you would have to have?
This is a tough one. Let’s say… sunblock, an amazing book, and… Bear Grylls! He’ll probably give me a hard time about not picking more practical items for numbers 1 and 2. But if we’re keeping it real, it’s probably his fault we’re even in this mess.
Please feel free to visit Blondie’s Bake Shop online to view their delicious baked goods (you can order online!) and check out some of the other bake classes they have to offer!