EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards Best Wedding Cake Maker, Finalist Q&A: Buns of Fun
17 Jan 2017
The finalists of the EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards 2017 have been announced and ahead of the red carpet ceremony at Dunston Hall on Friday, 27th January, we get to know them a little better
Emma Thorburn, baker and creator at Buns of Fun Bakery - a finalist in the Best Wedding Cake Maker category, answers our Q&A.
Buns of Fun Bakery
Telephone: 07932 874576
What geographic area does your business cover? Mostly Norfolk but we have gone as far as Highlands and Kent with special arrangements.
How long has your business been running? We will be seven years old on 4th February 2017.
What does your business do? How does it stand out from the competition? We make cakes of all shapes and sizes for a variety of occasions. Our wedding service is most popular as we create natural and bohemian cakes with home-tended flowers, foilage and other greenery. We use a lot of gold leaf and it's peppered through our designs, offering a touch of luxe. Buns use ingredients with a Norfolk provenance where possible and really believe that Norfolk has the most bountiful produce with people who are proud to produce it. We have a range of styles that are adaptable depending on the client's event style or theme and we are known for being a bit excitable with a brand new look or style for a cake.
Every year for the past five years I have created a centrepiece for Holkham Hall Christmas Celebrations which are ticketed by the Hall. Early last year I became a National Finalist for Wedding Cake Customer Service with Guides for Brides and won Kirtie Allsopp's Gingerbread Challenge last year on Channel 4.
Why did you enter the 2017 EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards? I wanted the couples who I have made cakes for and the ones to come to have validation that they are getting a stamp of approval from EDP Bride as throughout Norfolk couples refer to and identify with it. I have had my cakes featured on numerous national and international wedding blogs and magazines and I work with other wedding suppliers, creating bonds and forging a community of recommended suppliers. Through those connections I have created wedding cakes for peers of the realm, fashion houses and an international jewellery designer. I love what I do with a passion and I think it shines through.
What was your reaction to the announcement of your business as a finalist? On discovering I was a finalist for the awards I was shocked and speechless and humbled if I'm honest. The crew of bakers who were interviewed were some of the most crazily talented ladies I know from wedding shows and from being in the same area of business. I had to read the email a few times before it sunk in.
What are you most looking forward to at the EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards ceremony on 27th January, 2017, at Dunston Hall? I'm really looking forward to a) a bonafide night out, b) catching up with friends who are fellow finalists in the same and other categories, c) just being a finalist recognises my business, but winning would be the cream on top.
For more information on the EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards 2017, visit www.weddingawards.co.uk.