Pick of the Day - Honeybuns - Gorgeous Cakes from Dorset

Pick of the Day - Honeybuns - Gorgeous Cakes from Dorset

Anyone who know us here at Your Source will know we love Honeybuns - and if you have ever sampled their produce, their cakes or spent a day in the Bee Shack you will certainly know why they are always going to find a way into our 'Top Producers' list and are today's pick of the day - everyday.

Nestled deep in the Dorset countryside, this little company has wowed food critics and customers alike with their range of cakes & savouries. Using impeccably sourced ingredients, this small hands-on team create gorgeous tasting treats. Made using alternatives to flour such as polenta and ground nuts, suitable across a range of dietary needs, they are gluten-free but full of taste.

Coeliac customers are completely thrilled to be able to enjoy otherwise forbidden goodies such as cakes and brownies - and with such sublime taste!Honeybuns AEmma Goss-Custard started Honeybuns in 1998 when she was a student in Oxford.

Trying to find a way to make some extra money, she used recipes handed down from her mother and grandmother and set about making delicious cakes to supply to local businesses and café's. All the cakes were lovingly made in the kitchen at her digs and then delivered by Em on an old post office bicycle.

The company relocated to Naish Farm in Dorset in 2001 to a listed farm with outbuildings, which have been sympathetically adapted from their dairy days to now house the bakery.

Honeybuns has grown organically and sustainably to fit it's surroundings, and the team is now 26 strong, employing local people.

As a relatively small enterprise we do not have the luxury of an advertising budget - instead, our work needs to come from recommendation. We let the cakes do the talking.

Emma Goss-Custard

Em is passionate in her pursuit of excellence and as much as possible will only use locally sourced ingredients. All the cakes are still hand made the old fashioned way by her dedicated team and slow baked in their vintage oven. The breadth of awards Honeybuns has won for its delicious cakes reflect this passion.

Over half the range has won Gold at the prestigious Great Taste Awards, and Honeybuns was previously awarded the Taste of Dorset Harmsworth Award for outstanding contribution to food in Dorset.

Honeybuns can be found in most National Trust, John Lewis and Sainsbury's café's, as well as other major supermarket cafes and countless other discerning tearooms. However, the Honeybuns on-line shop makes them accessible to everyone. And their new responsive website makes ordering even easier.

The entire range is available on-line, including 'mini' cakes and the delicious Little Savoury Tarts along with a selection of wonderful Honeybuns gift tins and a gift-wrapping service. There is also a delightful selection of home baking extras, such as the Honeybuns tea towel (100% Irish linen) or a wonderful curvy Honeybuns apron (100% British linen/cotton mix).

Honeybuns is not just concerned with baking beautifully crafted cakes however. Honeybuns LogoThe company is also dedicated to leaving as light a footprint as possible upon its surroundings. The five acres surrounding the bakery is now managed as a nature reserve. The cake board inserts use card from a sustainable source, are printed with vegetable based inks and are recyclable.

All packaging cardboard is sold to a local recycle company, who shred it into animal bedding and sell it back to Honeybuns to use for horse bedding. Other activities include running a community café 'The Bee Shack' and looking after a selection of rescue animals.

All proceeds from the Café are used in the BeeGreen project- building nest boxes, bat boxes, tree planting, team veggie plot & polytunnel & hedge laying.

And now you can spend time at the farm Glamping - the Honeybuns Ark is a beautifully restored, cedar-clad caravan from circa 1940's. Perched up in the nature reserve, the Ark has gorgeous views over Bulbarrow Hill.

For more details please visit: www.honeybuns.co.uk

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