And it’s a sweet take on talking all matters of mental health.
Photo: Courtesy Depressed Cake Shop
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This Saturday, dozens of skilled local Seattle bakeries and confectioners will combine their sugary creations for a sweeter take on mental health.
The 6th annual Depressed Cake Shop will return to Capitol Hill’s Optimism Brewing from 11-2 p.m. this weekend, where all the proceeds from hundreds of gray baked goods will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Seattle.
While the confections appear gray, black, and white on the outside, the inside often reveals layers of bright colors to symbolize hope in the midst of struggle, and relieve the stigma of depression that isn’t always easy to share, the “public face” individuals put on in front of their hardships. Additionally, the confections highlight the concept of good days and bad days, that happiness is not always a persistent emotion.
“Where there is cake, there is hope,” the campaign’s motto and t-shirt reads. “And there is always cake.”
The campaign began in the United Kingdom in 2013, and has since spread into a worldwide pop-up. More than 50 bakeries in the Seattle area tend to participate, so it’s not uncommon to see lines out the door and sold out sweets before 2 p.m. every year.
While shoppers sift through cakes, cookies, and pastries, The People’s Burger will dish out all manner of savory goods from their food truck.
It’s a sweet way to stimulate conversation around mental illness, a reminder there remains color within the gray.
Those interested in providing baked goods or attending the event can find more details on participating here.