Hannah Banana Bakery!
I’m a big fan of anything which is sugary, cute and vegan- and that is exactly what Hannah Banana Bakery offers! Dishing up a huge variety of cupcakes, cake pops, cake pods, large cakes, cookies- and all of these sweet treats are free from eggs, dairy and animal products! They also offer gluten and soya free options!
I had the lovely privilege of catching up with Hannah Banana and chatting about cupcakes, baking inspiration and rollerskating!
When did your interest in cooking, and specifically baking, begin?
For as long as I can remember I have been baking cakes with my Mum. We were never allowed shop bought cakes and always moaned about it although looking back I can see how lucky I was!
How long has Hannah Banana Bakery been up and running for?
I’ve been working on setting it up since Christmas last year when a friend asked me to do her wedding cakes and I got such a great response. It’s taken since then to get all the legal dull stuff sorted and the website up and running. You wouldn’t belive the paper work involved in setting up a bakery properly… two day food and hygiene course, kitchen inspection, insurance, tax, business accounts… the list goes on and on!!
Is the bakery your full-time job?
No, unfortunately not! I’m a Research Assistant by day, looking at cleaning up oil spills using plants! I get up at 5am to make cakes fresh that day!
What ambitions do you have for the bakery?
The dream is to have my own shop but that’s a little way off yet. I’m just having a ball making all the cakes I can and hoping it takes off!! I have all my fingers and toes crossed!
Who are your cooking inspirations?
Sarah Kramer – the lady who made me realise I wasn’t going to starve as a vegan! Siue Moffat – the lady who makes the most amazing vegan chocolates EVER (Boardwalk chocolates) and let me invade her house every time I’m in Toronto. Kelly Peloza – that girl makes the BEST cookies! And Isy Morgenmuffel – the best vegan pizza maker the world has ever known!
What are your favourite cookbooks?
The vegan cookie connoisseur, Vegan cupcakes take over the world, Lickin’ the beaters 2, Another dinner is possible and How it all vegan – buy these books and you’ll never think veganism is dull again!
How long have you been vegan for?
9 happy years.
How did becoming vegan change your approach to baking?
I had to start from scratch. I have a super sweet tooth and realised that if I wanted lots of cake I was going to have to make my own, so I baked and baked and baked! There were a million awful batches but the only way to get better is to keep trying!
If there were any recipe which you wish you could veganise, what would it be?
Ummm… I’ve never found a recipe that I have wanted to eat that someone hasn’t veganised. Maybe a fried egg?!
What are your favourite things to make?
I love trying things that people don’t expect to see dairy free; like fondant fancies, creme eggs and cheese cakes. I think it helps people see that being vegan doesn’t mean you’ll miss all the good treats!
What do you like doing when you’re not baking up delicious treats?
I skate every free minute I have! I play roller derby for the Dorset Roller Girls and love love love it! It’s not for the faint hearted (I had my shoulder dislocated playing earlier this year) but the friendships and rush is so worth it!