Ellephant Vegan Bakery - The Independent Tees Collective

30 Jan 2021

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To see out the end of Veganuary, it was only right that I spoke to another brilliant Tees baking biz that offers 100% plant-based treats. We're lucky here in that we've got so much choice for plant-based options, but I was really interested in learning more about Ellephant Vegan Bakery, a super fast-growing business that only launched in 2018.

I won't lie, I'm a little bit biased towards Ellephant Vegan Bakery because I actually went to university with Elle, the fabulous gal behind the brand. And because we did the same course, I know how much she's moved from the English Studies path and truly pursued her dream of making vegan baking her full time job. I've been really chuffed for her from afar and I've loved seeing everyone rave about her treats, whether they've ordered them or bought them from a market.

Anyway, before I get emosh, let's have a chat about all things Ellephant Vegan Bakery and find out a bit more about where the business is going!

Hello! Let's start with a bit of an introduction. Who are you and what is your business all about?

Hey! I’m Elle from Ellephant Vegan Bakery and we’re out to change the vegan baking game. We take all the good stuff and turn it plant-based, turning your favourite treats vegan and serving it with (mostly awful) banter.

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Where did the inspiration for Ellephant Vegan Bakery come from? What made you want to kickstart it?

We started in 2018 and when I’m telling you there was nothing, there was NOTHING. I turned vegan myself, and thought ‘shit, this is not going to work if I can’t have bangin' brownies, cookies etc. Best learn to make 'em’. I wish it was more profound than that, but here we are!

What is your favourite thing to bake and why? Or what is your bestselling treat and what makes it so irresistible?

I loooooove playing with cookie dough and brownie mixes. My favourite probably has to be our Snickerdoodle cookies – I just die every time I smell the cinnamon sugar baking. Best seller is a toss up between our S'mores Bar or our Campfire Brownie.

What do you enjoy most about running Ellephant Vegan Bakery?

Not to be mega cringe, but we actually genuinely have the funniest and most loyal customers of all time. I’d honestly class over 60% of our customers as people we’d go for a drink with. That, and I love forcing my awful jokes on people. Alex, my partner, doesn’t support my craic like you all do.

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What has been Ellephant Vegan Bakery's biggest achievement so far?

Oh my gosh no, I’m so proud of so much! Probably creating the demand to move into our unit, surviving 2020 or having a consistently ridiculous queue at our Pop Up Shops – we had to start giving out hot chocolates because I felt so bad about people in such long queues in the rain.

What do you love about the Teesside independent scene?

It’s Teesside, so the down to earth and just downright class people and businesses that have been so supportive of us. A few local businesses took us on when we were about 2 weeks old and I’ve never shit myself more, you know? But they gave us that chance. It's such a quirky place to be, and hella exciting.

What's next for Ellephant Vegan Bakery? What do you hope for the future?

We have our aptly titled ‘Secret Project’ in the works, that’s probably going to be the highlight of the business journey so far when it’s done. We’re launching UK wide postal starting mid-end January, and I just hope that the need for free hot chocolates in the queue keeps on coming.

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And finally, recommend one other Teesside independent to us!

V-Edge, without a doubt. Vegan parmo? Got you. Kebab? Yup. All home made? Always. Stocks Ellephant products? Duh.

Whether you're vegan, fancy giving plant-based food a try, or have never even given plant-based treats a second thought, you absolutely need to try Ellephant Vegan Bakery. With cupcakes, brownies, cookies, tarts, celebration cakes and so much more, she's transformed pretty much every sweet treat and provided us all with a plant-based option. Head over to her Facebook or Instagram to see more or to put in a cheeky order.

Make sure you check back next week for another incredible Tees independent!

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