Bakery founded by teenager gaining popularity in Eastern Kentucky

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Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 2:44 PM EST
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LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Burgey’s Bountiful Bakes has been gaining traction in Letcher County recently.

What started as a hobby for 13-year-old Colby Amburgey turned into an unofficial business.

Amburgey said he has been baking since he was 8 years old.

“I started with a little cupcake...not too much. As I went on, I saw more recipes and more that I wanted to make,” he said. “So, it just kind of bloomed.”

Colby’s Aunt Karen Baker said, over the years, her nephew has really refined his craft.

“From some of the ones that he started with to now, you can see his growth,” she said. “Cooking in our family is a big thing. Obviously, that’s the thing that we kind of build our life around.”

The idea to turn it into something more came about after an opportunity from the City of Whitesburg and the Letcher County Farmer’s Market.

Amburgey sold his baked goods there and after seeing a good response, he took to social media.

“Whenever I saw that and saw how many people were liking and following my page, it was like wow that many people saw what I do,” he said. “They might want a cake.”

Baker said she is proud of her nephew’s hard work and dedication to the craft.

“He loves people, people love him. So, it’s not a surprise to me that he would be doing something that he could actually bring joy to other people,” she said. “I’m not surprised at all by this.”

She added she is excited for the potential his future holds.

“He does want to go to culinary school, so, I think one day he probably will,” Baker said. “If he stays on it, if his goal doesn’t change. We all change over the span of time.”

Amburgey said he is happy with the way things are but hopes to someday expand.

“Between sports and everything that I do, it’s kind of at a good steady pace right now,” he said. “I’d like to go bigger, maybe in the summer whenever my sports are done.”

Amburgey said there is a ton of potential for the future of Burgey’s Bountiful Bakes.

“I’d love to have a little bake shop somewhere,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be too big just something that I can sell what I make.”

Those interested in Burgey’s Bountiful Bakes, can check out its Facebook page here.

Amburgey said he appreciates the community’s support.

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