1. How did JCakes come to be?
Current JCakes owner, Hope Looney, graduated from Chapman University and began a career in healthcare finance. After some international travel, Hope decided to take her dream of a culinary career and make it a reality. She specialized her training on French style pastry and techniques with Chef Jeff Trombetta, Chef Ken Ayvazian, and Jessica Kimball (formerly Trombetta), the original owner of JCakes. The business began as Jessica’s Cakes out of a home in North Haven, CT in 1992. Since then, JCakes has grown into a full-scale bakery through its reputation of producing delicious, unforgettable cakes for weddings, birthdays, and all special occasions. The name changed to JCakes when the first storefront opened in East Haven, CT, and Hope purchased the business in 2007. Through the years, JCakes has grown and moved locations to better serve the local community, ultimately landing in its current North Branford, CT location in 2016.
2. What is on trend this year for wedding cake design?
There are different trends for every style and theme, and JCakes caters to all venues from rustic barns to lavish ballrooms. Some rustic trends have been textured buttercream frosting, naked cakes, and fresh flowers. Trends among more elegant, black tie events include marbled fondant, Art Deco designs, and geometric accents. Metallics have been universally trendy — a more rustic wedding cake might have flecks of gold leaf to enhance the design; whereas, a ballroom wedding may have entire gold fondant tiers. JCakes also makes a lot of groom’s cakes for weddings. It’s a nice way to add a personalized touch specifically for the groom.
3. Do you offer a menu of cakes or cupcakes that can be customized to comply with dietary restrictions such as vegan or gluten-free?
JCakes is not an allergen-free bakery, but we do offer a chocolate gluten-free cake and most of our fillings and frostings are gluten-free as well.
4. Do you service clients outside of Connecticut?
JCakes currently delivers only within Connecticut, but people have transported our cakes all over. JCakes even made a specialty birthday cake for actress and Telemundo host Adamari Lopez, which traveled by plane to the Dominican Republic!