HippieCakes Vegan Bakery: Dough For Doughnuts

HippieCakes Vegan Bakery: Dough for Doughnuts | HippieCakes Vegan Bakery is coming to life to create a safe community space, fueled by vegan food!

The Beginning

Since 2011, Jenny has been running HippieCakes out of her homestead kitchen.  Every single product is hand mixed, baked, and decorated by Jenny herself. 

What began as a small attempt to sell vegan cookies online has ballooned into an amazing community of vegans and non vegans alike enjoying the desserts that HippieCakes has created. 

We want to take HippieCakes Vegan Bakery to the next level.  We want to bring the first vegan brick and mortar, full scale bakery to New Hampshire.  While we have created an amazing community of customers, many of which we call our friends, the one thing we haven’t created is a place for people to come, sit down and enjoy a coffee along with their doughnut , a place where parents can bring their children and not have to worry about whether or not they’re welcome, a place where vegetarians, vegans, and other affected by food allergies won’t have to worry whether or not we will have suitable options for them.  

We want to take our conscious community and turn it into something physical. 

 

Dough For Doughnuts:

The physical bakery is already under construction.  It’s over 800 square feet of vegan paradise just waiting to open it’s doors.  

  • We’ve set our goal at $12,000 because that is the amount that will get us in the door comfortably.  Brand new equipment, sparkling counter tops, smiling faces. 
  • Currently, everything is mixed by hand.  We don’t even have a countertop stand mixer.  We use a conventional home oven for all of our goods.  We can continue in this manner, but having real convection ovens, a large stand mixer, and adequate refrigeration will allow us to create the same delicious desserts, but on a larger scale.  It will also allow us to increase production for our wholesale business, which has been the bread and (vegan) butter of our bakery. 
  • If we don’t reach our goal, the funds will still go directly to the bakery.  We are building this beauty one way or another.  We would prefer to borrow the least amount of money possible so that we can focus our profits on improving the business and giving back to our community. 

 

Why HippieCakes Vegan Bakery?

We talk about community a lot.  HippieCakes Vegan Bakery is being built in a town (Raymond, NH) with limited spaces for young adults to spend their time at.  We don’t just want to build a space for vegans to hang out, we want to build a space that’s safe for everyone, but especially kids to come to after school, where they can sit and enjoy a pastry or a sandwich while they’re finishing up their homework, or reading the latest and greatest teen novel.  A place where parents  will know they can bring their children in while they gab with their friends, and won’t have to worry about whether or not the staff will be bothered by their presence.  (We won’t be.  We love kids!) 

 

The Challenge

With every new business venture, there is always the opportunity for failure.  We’ve hit our fair share of hiccups in the last six years, but we have overcome each and every one of them.  We’ve had to change the way we do things, we’ve had to hire extra help on occasion, and scale back the business on other occasions.  But we love what we do, so we find a way. 

Having a brick and mortar bakery is far different from running a wholesale business out of our home, and that’s a little scary.  We have an amazing support system, complete with small business owners, fellows bakers, passionate people, and others who just get what we’re doing and will be there to guide us along the way. 

 

Other Ways You Can Help:

We know not everyone can contribute financially, and that’s okay.  The support from our customers and friends over these last six years has gotten us this far, so we’d say that’s pretty darn awesome of you.  What you can do, is help spread the word! 

  • There’s a few links up at the top of this page.  Share our campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and wherever else you cool kids are hanging out online these days! 
  • Indiegogo supplies some pretty sweet tools to help in spreading the word. 
  • Don’t forget to come out to our opening day, or at least say hello online to let us know you’re cheering us on!  

 

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