Joanne is currently a quarterfinalist in The Greatest Baker Challenge! The voting to achieve a semi final slot ends November 26th. We’d love to bring this home for the city of Hamilton! Your vote would be appreciated!



About Us


My name is Joanne Emberson — the baker and store owner of Crumbuns Bakeshop, established in 2016. All of my creations are a labour of love and in tribute to my Granny, Anne Emberson. The name “Crumbuns” is a direct nod to Granny! My Grandpa called my Granny his Crumbun as a term of endearment. When I was younger and my grandmother was in the hospital, I would bake her treats to cheer her up. I promised her that I would open up a bakery in her honour, and through hard work was able to make that become a reality for the both of us.

Crumbuns Bakeshop offers a creative assortment of handmade confections, baked goods, and a signature blend of premium coffee. A small variety of gifts, suitable for visitors to the nearby Juravinski Hospital, adorn the walls of the cafe. Crumbuns is located on Concession Street, just blocks from where my Granny lived for many years before her passing in 2010.

We offer seating inside Crumbuns, and it is our ultimate hope that you will walk through the door, sample some of our family recipes and immediately feel right at home!


Crumbuns Bakeshop values the importance of being able to pay it forward, and does so by donating proceeds from two of our baked goods (“Nate’s Candy Cookies” and “Carter’s Buttons”) to a nearby hospital. These two menu items are made in memory of my family members that sadly lost their lives to cancer.

Crumbuns also works with local suppliers to source fresh and authentic ingredients, and support other local businesses in the neighbourhood. Some examples include: locally roasted craft coffee by Command Coffee as well as handmade pierogies made from locally sourced ingredients by Stuffed. Take a peek inside the Stuffed location to find some of our delicious desserts, too!


Hamilton Spectator Readers Choice Awards

2020 Diamond award winners for 

Best Cupcakes/Cakes

Best Desserts

Best Café bistro


2020 Platinum award winners for 

Best Chef Joanne Emberson 

Best Bakery 

Best Ice cream / Frozen yogurt

Hershey’s Kitchens, 2020

Crumbuns was hired by Hershey’s to teach three live baking classes from home. Click the icon below to follow along from the comfort of your own home, too! Both an IGTV how-to-video and recipe are linked by Hershey’s for your baking convenience.