London, prepare yourself for another pop-up bakery. But before you groan in apathy, this isn’t your average cake shop. Oh no. The Depressed Cake Shop on Brick Lane is set to replace golden sponge with grey for its upcoming range of gloomy baked goods. Using dejected-looking delicacies, the charity project aims to to raise awareness of mental health issues and to get people tasting and talking about how depression affects people differently.
Many of the depressed desserts will be made by those with personal experiences of depression and the event will look at baking as therapy, as well as raising valuable funds for various mental health charities. Sunday will also feature melancholic musical DJ duo Feeling Gloomy. Expect tunes from Bowie, Pulp and The Smiths, and other artists unashamed of singing a sad song.
Given that one in four people will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives (and we guesstimate that about 99% of Londoners enjoy a spot of spongey goodness), this unusual discussion platform looks to be both appetizing and enlightening. Kitty Knowles