Once upon a time...

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When you're young and people ask you what you want to be when you grow up, you don't really give it a second thought. You answer quickly & blurt out something you love doing, or something wacky like a pink sprinkle-toed candyfloss flavoured troll that flies all over the world delivering presents with Santa... something that in reality you're probably never going to do. Because without even realising it, you grow up and realise you need to earn money to pay bills. So that colourful, wild and exciting job you dreamed of as a child... simply goes out the window. You trade your sparkly ideas and creativity for the security of a job - because its easier.

When I was 19 I got offered a job in an office. I thought this was a 'proper' job. Since I was 14 I'd worked my socks off as a cleaner, a waitress, in clothes shops, milkshake shops, hairdressers washing hair and sweeping floors.. and I just thought it was about time I got myself a 'career'. I never went to University and felt like it was my turn to make my parents proud. I’d always loved seeing smartly dressed people walking into Starbucks with their suits on, laptops in hand, ordering their daily flat white. So I was absolutely delighted at the thought of working in an office.

5 years later however, I found myself stuck in a rut. Office life simply was not for me. I had no real passion in the day to day tasks & to cut a long story short I ended up with depression. I could barely leave the house and I was unable unable to work.

I look back now and I'm grateful that's the way it turned out, because I may never have been brave enough to leave my safe, well-paid job if not.

I began baking. It was a little release from the real world and I loved experimenting with different recipes. I baked traybakes with quirky flavour combinations and personalised cakes for family and friends. I couldn’t wait to see their faces light up when I delivered them to their door. I can’t quite put my finger on it but there is a whole different level of satisfaction that comes with making somebody else smile. Even more so when it is someone you love. Slowly but surely my depression shifted and I felt like I had found a purpose again.

5 years down the line and I can honestly say I have found my absolute passion in life. I've built a business from the ground up and absolutely wholeheartedly love what I do. To the point where I can't understand why everyone doesn't want my job! It's not always pretty pink sprinkles & rainbows... and is often quite a lot less glamorous than it sounds... but what could be more dreamy than making celebration cakes for all of those special moments in people's lives?! Being such a memorable part of someone's birthday, wedding, baby shower, is a feeling like no other.

So much love and passion goes into not only our cakes, but also in coming up with yummy & unique traybakes, flavours you wouldn't necessarily think to choose yourself and creating dessert tables like no other... and I really hope that is strikingly obvious to you as our lovely customer.

If I've learnt anything in life... it's that it is far too short to waste on things that don't feel MAGICAL. 

The path I've chosen is not easy… but that’s what makes it so rewarding.

& I don't know much of what the future holds, but I do know that I will be baking cakes for the rest of my life.

Lots of love (and sprinkles),

Hannah x

(The founder, baker, cake decorator, receipe tester, cleaner, delivery driver, market stall holder, and more... here at Build a Bake)