Franny Burkey of Franny’s Cup and Saucer on Being Kind, Being Positive, and Nourishing Joy

Franny Burkey is a baker, shop co-owner, and pastry maker at the dreamy “Franny’s Cup and Saucer” in Point Arena, California. She whips up gorgeous cakes, delicious donuts, some amazing gluten free treats, all while working with her mom (and co-owner), Barbara. The shop itself feels like the embodiment of joy, with it’s sweet gifts, tasty treats, and loving atmosphere. When I started creating my list of who I wanted to interview for Jump Start Your Joy, Franny Burkey was definitely one of the first names I wrote down.

And, Franny herself is really one of the most joyous and endearing folks I’ve ever met, and so it was a real treat to get to chat with her for a bit about her childhood, her outlook on life (and business), and what she loves about her work.

In this interview, Franny Burkey of Franny’s Cup and Saucer shares about:

– Franny’s childhood, growing up in Northern California, and having two parents in the food industry
– How Franny comes up with flavors for her delicious Friday donuts<
– How Franny and her Mom work together, and run the bakery
– The secret of how Franny gets up early, and her positive outlook on why it’s not “so bad”
– What she does to relax, including mixed martial arts and running
– How they’ve established what to buy for their shop in a small town, and what their ideal price point is
– How many wedding cakes Franny makes in a year, and why she loves working on wedding cakes
– My own wedding cake and how Franny designed the cake for our four year old son (with a robot, rabbit, Yoda, and Lightning McQueen)

Franny’s Cup and Saucer website
Franny’s Cup and Saucer Facebook page (check out the donuts here)
Sunset Eating Up the West Coast from Amazon (Franny has two recipes in this 2015 book)

love is a verb. Franny Burkey2
Our wedding cakes: gluten free bride's cake (with fence), our son's cake, and a chocolate World of Warcraft inspired Darnassus cake.
Our wedding cakes by Franny: gluten free bride’s cake (with fence), our son’s cake, and a chocolate World of Warcraft inspired Darnassus cake.

The song I mention at the very end of the interview, with a correction, the song is by Clint Black.

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7 responses to “Franny Burkey of Franny’s Cup and Saucer on Being Kind, Being Positive, and Nourishing Joy”

  1. Joely Smith Avatar

    Oh so much to love here! First of all this sounds like my kind of place! I love your quote and believe it is soooo true! In addition who could not just see the joy on Fanny’s face! Gotta say I do love her hair too. Those cakes look fantastic but I want the chocolate frosted one that looks like a forrest! Adore that!
    I am so glad that she has found her joy and a career path she loves. I also grew up in the food industry. My parents – in fact my entire family is in the food industry! If I were to open my own food business it would be something much like Fanny’s although I am not a baker I would love to have a coffee, tea, and spice shop!

  2. Paula Avatar

    Thank you Joely 🙂 Franny is so great!

  3. Robin Masshole mommy Avatar
    Robin Masshole mommy

    What a great interview this was. Now I’m craving cupcakes LOL

  4. Urvi Avatar

    Your photos are so tempting. I need to visit her bakery soon. Thanks for sharing

  5. Katarzyna Avatar

    It’s always so good to see people who are happy with their careers! I love these cakes (and Fanny’s hair as well 😉 ) – they look amazing!

  6. Claudette Esterine Avatar

    It is always wonderful and motivating to read/hear about people living their dreams.

  7. Liz Mays Avatar

    Her bubbly spirit is just contagious, isn’t it? What a joy she must be to everyone she sees each day.