We simply cannot argue with Kelly Hickson’s job title of ‘Cake Wizard’. Admittedly, we were as sceptical as the next person about how a cake with no eggs or dairy could still be… well… a cake!? But when we joined forces with Bake It Til You Make It (BITYMI) back in Summer 2017 to serve vegan office workers, we were SO amazed. Try one of these superb cakes and you’ll agree that vegan treats are ‘not just for vegans’ – proven by special requests from both vegan and non-vegan customers for a repeat of a BITYMI CakeDrop!
Not only does Kelly supply CakeDrop’s array of plant-based and omnivorous offices workers, as well as supply a host of London cafés and bake private orders, she has taken hundreds of her vegan goodies to Wilderness Festival and more recently baked 17,300 vegan cookies for the Oatly ‘It’s like milk, but for humans’ campaign.
Inspired as ever, we chatted a little more with Kelly to learn about her vegan journey and experience of building a vegan baking business in London.
Every single one of your cakes is incredible and goes down SO well in offices. How long did it take you to perfect your vegan bakes?
Thank you so much! It’s so great when I hear that people have enjoyed my bakes 👩🏼🍳 I started off just baking treats for friends at dinner parties after I went vegan in 2016. I had actually never baked before but I really missed sweet treats and at the time there wasn’t a lot about so I thought I would give it a go myself! It took me about 4 months of practice and mixing and matching different techniques to get some solid recipes down but I really enjoyed learning a new skill.
You offer a variety of flavours and some really original combos – where do you get inspiration?
I LOVE a good cook book my shelves are brimming with them so I take a lot of inspiration from those but I also used to be a cocktail bartender so I used allot of unique flavour combinations I picked up from doing that!
What advice would you give to someone who is going to give veganism a go this January?
There are SO many amazing eateries and foods available to you now so get following some vegan Instagrammers and explore your local area! Use Veganuary as an excuse to try new things and if you enjoy cooking then go to your local book shop and get a new cookbook, make a point of getting into the kitchen and creating something different! My favourite part about going vegan was that it forced me to start from scratch in terms of cooking and I tried so many new ingredients I never would have used before.
Well, there you have it! If you’re a CakeDrop customer taking part in Veganuary, simply pop a tick in the ‘Vegan Please’ box when scheduling your drops!