Who are you?
We are Hannah Jacques (Chief Baker) and Callum Hawes (Chief Taster). Hannah is a sweet toothed, self taught baker and Callum is a professional eater/taster of Layer Cakes, Cupcakes and all Sweet Bakes (he also designs sweet websites too).
What do you do?
At Hannah Bakes, we create Celebration Cakes, Cupcakes and Artisan Bakes from Hannah's home kitchen in Thame, Oxfordshire. As well as delivering bespoke cake orders to local customers within Oxon, Bucks and Berks. We also love spreading the Hannah Bakes word by attending local food festivals, markets and events, armed with our favourite sweet treats.
We endeavour to be innovative, sometimes non-traditional, but always delicious. Our ‘cakethos’ is; if you’re going to spoil yourself, you may as well do it properly!
How did you start?
With a Kenwood hand mixer as old as me and a serious passion for cake, I have always enjoyed baking for friends and family but it wasn't until I met fellow cake lover Callum (and a shiny new standing mixer) that we decided to turn my hobby into Hannah Bakes.
We're still in our infancy as a company, but so far we've loved introducing our baked goods to local markets and festivals over the last few months and the reaction from our customers has been brilliant.
We want our cakes and bakes to reach as many of your mouths as possible over the next year. We hope increase our attendance at local events over the next 12 months. Keep at eye out for us at a market near you soon...
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the beginning?
Baking is so much better with a Kitchen Aid.
I think we may have to go and seek out these guys and take a trip over to Oxfordshire just to get a taste of these beauties! They are going to be at Wallingford Food Festival on the 17th and 18th of May. We will meet you in the queue!
H and Sammy, xxx
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