Depressed Cake Shop Portland is a different kind of cake shop. It’s a one day pop-up bakery to raise awareness of mental illness through the sale of special cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other treats donated by local bakers. The baked goods are gray on the outside and sometimes colored on the inside to symbolize hope – all to encourage conversation about mental health issues.
The Depressed Cake Shop Portland offers a unique platform to talk about mental illness. With 1 in 5 people affected by some type of mental health issue, we all know someone who is struggling. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or co-worker, we’re all touched by it.
Baby Blues Connection focuses on providing free support for mothers and families coping with perinatal mood disorders- depression, anxiety, stress related to welcoming a child. “We’re always working to reduce stigma and create a dialogue where parents can express – in a supportive and non-judgmental environment- exactly how they are feeling without shame or blame,” said Angie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Baby Blues Connection. “We’ve partnered with Depressed Cake Shop, a worldwide grassroots movement to raise awareness about our common struggles. No one should suffer alone, be it from Postpartum Depression or any other mental health condition.”
The Depressed Cake Shop started in the UK in 2013 and has since become a worldwide grassroots collective with Depressed Cake Shops popping up all over the world.
There will be over 40 bakers creating all sorts of delicious concoctions, each with unique names relating to mental health struggles. Jr. Bakers from Portland and Hillsboro will also be presenting their sweet treats. From doughnuts to chocolate covered marshmallows, to mirror cakes and hand-crafted, gluten-free pop-tarts, we’ll have something for everyone. Goods are priced from $3 for smaller items to $50 for a 6″ cake.
When you arrive, you’ll pick up a cake-box and take it from table to table, selecting treats that appeal to you. Your Depressed Cake Shop Portland volunteer will hand you a tally sheet and you’ll simply take it over to another volunteer to pay. Cash, cards and checks are accepted.
We’ll have hand-screen t-shirts printed by Phantom Chicken Screen Printing and 2.5″ magnets make by Pin me Down both with the sad cupcake logo for sale. Kids can get a temporary tattoo and color page. There’ll even be a small area set aside for them to color while you select your treats!
The no-host bar at Opal 28 will serve up a specialty cocktail and a full bar is available. If the weather is nice, there will be tables out on the lovely patio so you don’t have to wait until you get home to try that treat that looked the best!
Many local businesses have offered their generous support to this cause. Sponsors for this year’s event include Layer Cake-level sponsors Motheroots. Our Cupcake-level sponsors are Lesley Alter at Energy Matters and Hollywood Mental Health. Our Cakepop-level sponsor is Solstice Natural Health. KBOO Radio supplies media sponsorship and Jessie Photo Doula is providing photographic coverage.